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Columbia Students Protest Stereotypes with "Hoodies and Hijabs" Vigil
The Nation ^ | April 8, 2012 | Janine Balekdjian

Posted on 04/08/2012 1:49:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A black boy shot because his attacker thought his hoodie made him look suspicious. An Iraqi woman brutally murdered by someone who left a note telling her to "go back to your country, terrorist." These were the incidents that led one hundred Columbia students to gather on campus on April 5 at the Muslim Students Association's vigil "Hoodies and Hijabs Against Hatred: Justice for Trayvon and Shaima," cosponsored by the Columbia Democrats, the Columbia-Barnard International Socialist Organization, the Columbia Queer Alliance, and the Interfaith Caucus.

For an hour, students stood holding candles and taking turns speaking about race, prejudice, and injustice. The students who came out to the vigil quickly moved beyond the particular cases of Trayvon Martin and Shaima al-Awadhi to protest against the institutionalized racism and stereotypes that create the kind of legal and cultural system where an adult man can shoot an unarmed black boy dead and walk free.

"It's about more than just these two," explained Alay Syed, a Barnard College first-year and Vice President of the Muslim Students Association. In her introductory remarks, Syed set the tone of the evening. "We're here to speak out against the hatred and intolerance that touch everyone, about the thousands of Trayvons that we will never know about." Syed's focus on the broader problems of racial profiling, harassment, and violence allowed the protestors to get past the specifics of the cases, such as recent evidence suggesting that al-Awadhi's murder was not a hate crime, and down to the more disturbing underlying problems. The murder of two individuals was tragic, but what brought Columbia out to protest with real anger was the racial motivation of the killings. Martin and al-Awadhi were murdered because of what they looked like.

Students came out wearing either hoodies or hijabs, symbolically adopting the garments of the murder victims. Columbia's vigil was just one of many at universities across the nation in which students wore articles of clothing which were blamed for Martin's and al-Awadhi's deaths in order to challenge the idea that anyone's character can be divined from their appearance. While many students explicitly denounced culturally pervasive racism when they took their turn speaking at the vigil's microphone, others felt that the issue was more nuanced. "There should be less of a focus on explicit racism," said Swara Salih, a Columbia College sophomore and member of the Columbia Democrats. Salih and instead offered an idea of intersectional stereotyping. "There's a problem in our society that we categorize people into types based on a number of factors, including socioeconomic class as well as race."

Behind their hoodies and hijabs, a diverse section of Columbia students gathered: men and women, black, white, and brown, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and atheist. Identity was blurred, and that was exactly the students' point: no assumptions can be made from appearance, whether from race, clothing, or a combination of the two, and certainly no assumptions can be made which justify murder.

The kind of "Stand Your Ground" laws which George Zimmerman is hiding behind in Florida disagree with this presumably basic statement that you can't judge a book by its cover - the sort of thing that the rest of us learn in elementary school. "Stand Your Ground" laws instead protect stereotyping - if you feel that you are being threatened, you are legally justified in reacting with deadly force. How might you feel that you are threatened? The law doesn't care. In Zimmerman's case, being near a large black boy wearing a hoodie was threat enough. In effect, "Stand Your Ground" laws enable and even condone prejudiced stereotyping by declaring that concepts of "threat" based in false, racist ideologies justify murder.

Trayvon Martin paid the ultimate price for George Zimmerman's twisted worldview. Zimmerman may pay none. It is up to activists like the Columbia students who protested on Friday to continue speaking out against validations of prejudice wherever they reveal themselves. Only by showing our continued outrage will we change the culture and the system which it created.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: florida; georgezimmerman; trayvonmartin; usefulidiots; zimmerman
Oh, yes, please conflate Trayvon Martin's death with "racism" shown towards Muslims. That'll be a winner!!
1 posted on 04/08/2012 1:50:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time for whites to start wearing these.


2 posted on 04/08/2012 1:58:37 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t let facts get in the way of your editorializing/pandering, Jeanine. Now go back to your safe white sanctuary and pat yourself on the back for being such a good little liberal.


3 posted on 04/08/2012 2:00:50 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Tawana Brawley, Anita Hill, King Rodney, OJ, Duke Lacrosse, Thugvon Martin. See a pattern?)
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To: I see my hands

What about Blacks who don’t agree with this mindless hysteria?


4 posted on 04/08/2012 2:04:23 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will they also mourn this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2869655/posts


5 posted on 04/08/2012 2:04:41 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is there also someone there to protest the stereotype of people “clinging to their guns and bibles”?


6 posted on 04/08/2012 2:05:19 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon Martin did not die because he was wearing a hoodie. This is just crazy irrationality. Leftists are very good at it. It doesn’t mean a dam thing.


7 posted on 04/08/2012 2:09:36 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon Martin did not die because he was wearing a hoodie. This is just crazy irrationality. Leftists are very good at it. It doesn’t mean a dam thing.


8 posted on 04/08/2012 2:09:56 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“no assumptions can be made from appearance, whether from race, clothing, or a combination of the two, ...”

KKK garb is cool, then?


9 posted on 04/08/2012 2:11:59 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the life of Trayvon Martin has value, but the lives of most young black men have no value?

And justice for Moslems has value, but in the overwhelming majority of cases (like when acid is poured onto the faces of their women) it has no value?

This is the ideology of liberalism.

The Nation? Intellectual morons.


10 posted on 04/08/2012 2:26:40 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Adrian Rogers, and others.)
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To: APatientMan

“KKK garb is cool, then?”

For the Democrat party, yes. They started the KKK, and KKK members are all democrats.


11 posted on 04/08/2012 2:28:42 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Adrian Rogers, and others.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All the evidence indicates the Iraqi woman was murdered by her husband, although I haven’t yet seen that he’s been charged.


12 posted on 04/08/2012 2:29:24 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: APatientMan

13 posted on 04/08/2012 2:32:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Clock King
Sorry, that's what makes bad bad and solutions imperfect. Don't be paralyzed by principled minutia when civilization is in the balance.

14 posted on 04/08/2012 2:32:23 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: reasonisfaith

>> and KKK members are all democrats. <<

True.

I just wonder if these people are really foolish enough to believe that you can’t make assumptions about a person based on their clothing, ever... They feel good about themselves for saying it, are they naive enough to live it?


15 posted on 04/08/2012 2:34:37 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That pos will be of more benefit to humanity when there's a bloody stump where its head used to be.
16 posted on 04/08/2012 2:36:08 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What in the world is that?


17 posted on 04/08/2012 2:39:43 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
cosponsored by the Columbia Democrats, the Columbia-Barnard International Socialist Organization, the Columbia Queer Alliance, and the Interfaith Caucus.

Scum of the earth.

18 posted on 04/08/2012 2:45:04 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: APatientMan

What does it look like?


19 posted on 04/08/2012 2:46:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: I see my hands
Maybe not...

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Eric Harris’ Duster With Mask And Gloves:

20 posted on 04/08/2012 2:46:23 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic
Don't let bad guys take away good tools.

21 posted on 04/08/2012 2:53:21 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: I see my hands; A_Former_Democrat; Clock King; 353FMG; Cementjungle; popdonnelly; APatientMan; ...

Notice we never hear a word about John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo anymore? It’s like they never existed or dropped off the face of the Earth.


22 posted on 04/08/2012 2:57:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They don’t fit the narrative. They can’t be used as examples to explain and pander to the eternal victims.


23 posted on 04/08/2012 3:06:53 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Tax-chick

Ping me if you see that, and I’ll do the same. I have a couple people who need their nose rubbed in that one.


24 posted on 04/08/2012 3:06:58 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why don’t they include those wearing a red neck?


25 posted on 04/08/2012 3:09:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"no assumptions can be made from appearance"

That Republican, MLK, had that correctly. Sustainable watermelons are commies inside.

26 posted on 04/08/2012 3:16:18 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: FreedomPoster

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=iraqi

This is a digest of articles on the subject. I haven’t seen all of them, but the investigation is ongoing.


27 posted on 04/08/2012 3:16:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, just about nobody but other deranged lefties read The Nation, but it’s pointless to argue with these people anyway. People like the nut who wrote this article believe all whites, not just Zimmerman who is supposedly a white Hispanic, keep Klan robes in their closets and indiscriminately gun down anybody who doesn’t look like them. We have to convince the moderates and Dems who aren’t totally insane. Convincing Janine is a lost cause. They don’t want the racial divide to improve. Their careers depend on division and chaos.


28 posted on 04/08/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT by driftless2
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Click


29 posted on 04/08/2012 5:27:27 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmm. Ahmadinejad’s favorite place in the USA to visit other than the UN building does the expected.


30 posted on 04/08/2012 6:05:12 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This writer couldn’t get beyond the first sentence before dropping the first lie.


31 posted on 04/08/2012 6:22:05 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only students with at least a 3.7 GPA should be allowed to protest on a college campus. The others can’t afford to give up any study time for extracaricular activities!!!


32 posted on 04/08/2012 8:31:48 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

When you write for “The Nation” you are not a liberal. You can call them “socialist, marxist, communist, far-leftist”, but not liberal.

The Nation was always in the hands of the communists and socialists, with its real rise under the editorship of Communist Party organizer Carey McWilliams. Later, Communist coverup artist Victor Navasky took over for decades, followed by Katrina vanden Hueval, a marxist apologist.

They are anti-America and always have been, even if a few non-communist writers got published there over time.

If you know their history, everything falls into place.


33 posted on 04/08/2012 8:31:56 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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