The student government for the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities turned down a resolution presented to observe a moment of recognition on each anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack on our homeland.
They said it “might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe.”
What does that even mean?
The resolution was introduced to the Minnesota Student Association by Theo Menon, who is the MSA representative for the College Republicans, according to The Minnesota Republic.
“I wrote this resolution because I think we need to recognize the victims of this world-changing event,” Menon said. “The innocent men, women, and servicemen who died on that day deserve to be honored.”
Debate on the proposal centered on whether observing the moment of recognition may instill Islamophobia within the student body.
“This resolution was non-controversial and was supported by the MSA’s President and Vice-President,” said Nathan Amundson, president of UMN’s Young Americans for Liberty. “However, several members, in exchanges with CRs rep Theo Menon, were militant in their opposition to it due to a perceived bias toward Muslims.”
The Republic reported:
Other proponents of the resolution argued in forum that its passage could bring up controversial topics, and that a healthy dialogue and campus tension reduction would ensue from the moment of recognition.
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.”
Claiming that because the 9/11 tragedy was committed by non-whites, that it could also instill hatred toward other people of color, he added, “When will we start having moments of silence for all of the times white folks have done something terrible?”
Calling the resolution’s defeat “simply un-American,” Cameron Holl, a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts called its detractors’ claims “speculative” at best.
“There was no reason for any student not to vote on this resolution and much of the dissenting discussion was wildly speculative and unrelated to the resolution itself,” said Holl.
The resolution also had the support of University President Eric Kaler, MSA President Joelle Stangler, and MSA Vice President Abeer Syedah.
Those on social media were stunned when Campus Reform reported on the incident.
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@campusreform Go hug your knees in a corner and rub your blankie. Good grief! I truly fear for our country with this endless nonsense. — Lisa (@Flyingright1) November 13, 2015
This is the same generation that calls the nationwide broadcasts of remembrance of this tragedy: “9/11 porn”. @campusreform
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