Last November the Minnesota Student Association at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities voted on a resolution to make sure to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It was defeated 36-23.
The reason for its rejection was as ridiculous as it was predictable.
At-large MSA representative and Director of Diversity and Inclusion David Algadi voiced severe criticism of the resolution. He also made sure to emphasize 9/11’s status as a national tragedy in his response.
“The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe,” said Algadi, “Islamophobia and racism fueled through that are alive and well.”
Algadi added that holding a moment of recognition over a tragedy committed by non-white perpetrators could increase racist attitudes on campus, asking, “When will we start having moments of silence for all of the times white folks have done something terrible?”
The ignorance is too stunning for words. Do we have to commemorate all terrible things? NO! Just nation altering tragedies that claim the lives of thousands of people. Let’s start there.
Why would remembering those lost lives stoke the flames Islamophobia? 9/11 victims don’t do that, radical Muslim terrorists do.
Contrary to Algadi, Cameron Holl, a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts, condemned the resolution’s failure as, “simply un-American.”
Indeed it is.