Wednesday, November 18, 2015

University of Minnesota Student Association Nixes 9-11 Commemoration

Trigger Warning:
Suck it up, buttercup.
I meant to get to this story earlier last week, but what with the Paris attacks and the craziness that ensued I couldn't get to it until today.  It seems that the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities isn't too keen on having a 9-11 commemoration.  From the Minnesota Republic:
On Tuesday, November 10, the Minnesota Student Association (MSA)–the undergraduate student government at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN)– rejected a resolution for a moment of recognition on future anniversaries of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Theo Menon, the student group representative to MSA for the College Republicans (CRs) at UMN, introduced the resolution; MSA’s forum voted against it 36-23 (with three abstentions). The proposed resolution pointed to the university’s lack of any sort of commemoration regarding the attacks on 9/11. It then called for a campus-wide moment of recognition on every September 11 from now on.
I wrote this resolution because I think we need to recognize the victims of this world-changing event,” said Menon, “The innocent men, women, and servicemen who died on that day deserve to be honored.”
Nathan Amundson serves as President of UMN’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter and student group representative for Write Things, a creative writing group. Amundson said debate on the resolution centered around whether enacting the moment of recognition might instill a more islamophobic sentiment on campus.
So the students voted against having any sort of commemoration for the victims of September 11th because of Islamophobia.  Sounds pretty much exactly like what we've come to expect from those special little flowers called college students.  In fact, some of the students specifically stated that a 9-11 commemoration would "make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe."  After all, white people have done horrible things too.  We should have a moment of silence for all of those things, too!

Let me see if I can help these snowflakes out: commemorating a tragic event has absolutely nothing to do with Islamophobia, or racism, or anything else.  9-11 was an event that is still fresh in a lot of American's minds, even if you were three when it all went down.  Many people lost family and friends that day, and for them the pain of their loss is still fresh.  This isn't limited to white people, by the way.  People of all races, colors, and creeds were killed that day.  Jews, Muslims, Christians, blacks, Asians, it doesn't matter.  On that day all Americans suffered.

Your feeble attempts to inject racial politics into the events surrounding 9-11 cheapens the lives that were lost that day.  By reducing 9-11 to a "whites only" thing you have effectively stated that none of the people that died actually matter.  Not only that, it's shown your university, and the world, just exactly the kind of horrible people you really are.  So on behalf of all Americans, let me say:
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