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Even More on Zewdalem Kebede, Ethiopian American Student at SDSU Who Cofronted Saudi Students
San Diego Union Tribune ^ | October 23, 2001 | Letter Writers to San Diego Union Tribune

Posted on 10/29/2001 8:11:55 PM PST by Shermy

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, SANDIEGO UNION TRIBUNE

October 23, 2001

An act of patriotism at SDSU draws warning

Re: "Student defending America is admonished" (B-1, Oct. 20):

The incident at San Diego State University in which Ethiopian student Zewdalem Kebede confronted four Arab students he overheard speaking in praise of the Sept. 11 terrorists simply illustrates how completely values have been stood on their head on campuses.

SDSU administrators' cautioning Kebede against further acts supporting America was outrageous, but not uncharacteristic.

How credible are the Arab students' denials? Does anyone really believe Kebede would, out of the blue, seek a confrontation with people he did not know? If he had not overheard what he claimed, why would he have confronted the Arab students at all? And if he was simply seeking notoriety, as some have suggested, why would he have done so in Arabic, not English?

To the Muslim Student Association, which suggested that the Arab students' love of America is evidenced by the fact that they are here, I can only point out that the identified terrorists were here, too.

The Saudi students should immediately be brought up for charges for hate speech in accordance with campus rules. If found guilty, they should be expelled and sent home. And the campus police officers and administrators responsible for this outrage should be fired, or, at a minimum, have their crayons taken away from them until they learn to use them responsibly.

JOHN W. HOWARD

San Diego

Kebede is a naturalized American citizen who has the First Amendment right to speak out against objectionable speech. The Arab students he admonished are guests in this country. Regardless of what language they were using, they were involved in hate speech.

The situation is no different than that of a German Jewish student in America overhearing German students talk of the efficiencies of Auschwitz in late 1945. Yet the "thought police" of SDSU's Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities have the gall to admonish Kebede.

Three things need to happen: Kebede needs a good lawyer to defend him against these "thought police; SDSU should apologize to him; and the Arab students who have demonstrated their hatred of and thereby a threat to our citizens should be deported.

VINCE SHAHAYDA

San Diego

SDSU, my alma mater, should reconsider its code of conduct rules if a student is considered in violation just because other students say they "felt threatened." Perhaps some students feel "threatened" merely by other students speaking Arabic.

JOHN NEAL

San Diego

The denials and rush of SDSU's spin doctors to rescue the reputations of the Arab students is disgusting. That the university would turn Kebede's act of patriotism into a reprimand makes me livid. If similar remarks were overheard in a predominantly Islamic country against Osama bin Laden, whoever uttered them probably would not see the next sunrise.

JOSEPH M. DAITZ

San Diego

Kebede was a victim of the absurd, spineless mindset and political correctness of contemporary academia. I can't accept the nonsensical legal argument that he can't prove his case because the Arab students were "misunderstood." Kebede would not have been moved to act had he not known, clearly, what was going on. Add one more hero to our list of many.

TOM SHINE

Coronado


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For all of you who care about for Zewdalem Kebede, please note that I have indexed prior threads in one:

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The above are letters to the editor of the San Diego Union Tribune, published October 23 (sorry I missed them before). I think it is wonderful that the paper published these letters. Also, I think I recognize some FreeRepublic posters.

1 posted on 10/29/2001 8:11:55 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy
The Saudi students should immediately be brought up for charges for hate speech in accordance with campus rules. If found guilty, they should be expelled and sent home. And the campus police officers and administrators responsible for this outrage should be fired, or, at a minimum, have their crayons taken away from them until they learn to use them responsibly.

JOHN W. HOWARD Hate speech, my ass! Deport the pukes without further notice and register them so they never get back into this country again! Give that young man a thank you and let's get on with killing terrorists and the people that harbor them.

2 posted on 10/29/2001 8:17:22 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: Shermy
Somebody needs to find this kids (Zewdalem Kebede) e-mail address.
3 posted on 10/29/2001 8:18:25 PM PST by VaBthang4
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To: MHGinTN
Going before some liberal school board to determine if they said what they did won't help... they should just be jailed.. send them home and we have just that many more terrorists to deal with.. that is what they will become.
5 posted on 10/29/2001 8:32:27 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Shermy
bttt
6 posted on 10/29/2001 8:32:50 PM PST by G-Rated
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To: Shermy
Vince Shahayda's letter is best;

Deport the Saudis who said these things and then complained to police. The university officials who made this decision should be fired. How do you think Al Quaida people recruit others, they get them into such conversations. For all we know an Al Queada person is among this group of Saudis. What difference does it make, get em out for the sake of respect.

Also, the taxpayers should not be paying the salaris of the SDSU officials who made this decision. They should be fired immediately, the governor's office should see to it.

If the university officials feel that this is harsh, then ask these individuals to consider the American men who will go into the caves in Afghanistan to avenge the deaths of the Americans who died on September 11.

This is a war. Our nation should not tolerate the division that occurred in the last war. Let everyone at least show respect if they are not the Americans who will now sacrifice their lives. If you wish to speak against the war, then do so, but do not celebrate it, or show any lack of respect for those who have died or who will die.

7 posted on 10/29/2001 8:35:17 PM PST by Red Jones
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To: Shermy
BUMPTTT!!!

8 posted on 10/29/2001 8:36:21 PM PST by AnnaZ
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To: oioiman; VaBthang4
I know it should be clear to everyone, but please be aware that Zewdalem Kebede is the good guy. I just wanted to make sure people are aware of this before Mr. Kebede gets any calls from people who confuse him with the creeps who were joking about 9/11.
9 posted on 10/29/2001 8:49:55 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Shermy
I think it's because Mr. Kebede's is black that they took the word of two no US Citiznes over a Black US Citizen.
10 posted on 10/29/2001 8:52:11 PM PST by Kay Soze
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To: Kay Soze
If that is so, it is an outrage all the more! Mr Kebede's race should have nothing to do with this. He's a patriotic man, not a snivelling boy, not cowering from fools in authority or rich pukes from Arabia. Period.
11 posted on 10/29/2001 8:57:46 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: Shermy
I wish I lived in San Diego I would love to go to that Board Meeting.
12 posted on 10/29/2001 9:01:31 PM PST by LUVYA DUBYA 2000
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To: oioiman
Got phone, fax or email for this "Board" - and I use that term in disgust - or names?

We did some good with that school board in Michigan....
13 posted on 10/29/2001 9:23:21 PM PST by AtticusX
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To: Shermy
Roger Hedgecock of KOGO AM 600 has also been hot on this case. I noticed Roger was even plugging the story in NYC when he substituted for Rush Limbaugh. If you check Roger's website, you might find some more interesting information - www.rogerhedgecock.com
14 posted on 10/29/2001 9:25:28 PM PST by Sueann
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To: MHGinTN
Mega- dittos!

The Saudis unquestionably exhibited "hate speech" --- AND they should be summarily DEPORTED!

But before we deport them we should execute them, or at least cut off their hands, un-man them, blind them, give them the option of slowly burning to death or being dropped from a 130 story height, and cut out their tongues.

Oops, I forgot my prozac...

15 posted on 10/29/2001 10:02:49 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: FReethesheeples
The SDSU academic thugs who persecuted this p[atiot, whoulc be treated exactly as I suggested, above; & I'm not kidding.

They were criminally insensitve and treasonous.

16 posted on 10/29/2001 10:04:13 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: AtticusX
Freep them unto the ends of the earth, make they're very existence loathsome.
17 posted on 10/29/2001 10:05:21 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: FReethesheeples
Actually, just cutting off their right hand and cutting out their tongues would suffice; slathering them with pig grease would be a bit much. Oops! Forgot your prozac ... er, forgot my lithium ... er, well, aw shucks, just deport the boys!
18 posted on 10/29/2001 10:05:42 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: Red Jones
Exactly what you quoted @ # 7!

Mega-kudos & mega-dittos!

Right on target!

19 posted on 10/29/2001 10:07:00 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: MHGinTN
Visas subject to review under Rule 308.
20 posted on 10/29/2001 10:08:04 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: MHGinTN
LOL, ---- & I MEAN it!

;^)

21 posted on 10/29/2001 10:16:16 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: oioiman
loose lips sink ships. Where did you get his address?
22 posted on 10/29/2001 10:19:08 PM PST by lavaroise
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To: Shermy
"The Saudi students should immediately be brought up for charges for hate speech in accordance with campus rules. If found guilty, they should be expelled and sent home. And the campus police officers and administrators responsible for this outrage should be fired, or, at a minimum, have their crayons taken away from them until they learn to use them responsibly" This is the only right course of action but it will never happen. Fifth Columnists are so entrenched in American Universities it is frightening.
23 posted on 10/29/2001 10:46:36 PM PST by Wolfhound77
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To: Wolfhound77
Sir,

You wrote "Fifth Columnists are so entrenched in American Universities it is frightening." Academia as the ancient Greeks soon learned to their regret, have always been a little too far off the left coast in their thinking, firmly believing that the rest of the world owes them a living because of their so-called greater logos, or thinking and not doing ability.

But even weirdos, cooks, academians, and foreigners are guaranteed First Amendment rights of Free Speech, even anti-American. The school has entered into a no-win situation of a "he said, she said" debate and decided to act on the safer ground of PC.

The Justice Department and the FBI does keep track of local events that make the news, especially on college campuses. A single American citizen mat seem to lose their rights occasionaly over the short term, but these Arab students have already pasted a big target all over themselves as far as the INS will be concerned.

The wheels of justice do grind slowly, but they do eventually get to the smaller items on the agenda eventually. If the people of California, San Diego County, or any other community does not like the way that educational boards operate, they need to use their voting rights to change them.

The Clintonistas were eventually pried out of the White House, but the DNC is still alive and well. Leftist thinking is a problem that goes well past college campuses, but that is a good a place to start fumigating as any other.

Old Patriot

24 posted on 10/30/2001 12:09:08 AM PST by old patriot
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To: Shermy
The situation is no different than that of a German Jewish student in America overhearing German students talk of the efficiencies of Auschwitz in late 1945.

Crap.

The situation is no different than that of an AMERICAN in America overhearing bloody ALIENS talk of the efficiencies of mass-murdering bloody islamiNAZIs in New York in late 2001!

25 posted on 10/30/2001 12:36:44 AM PST by Brian Allen
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To: Shermy
I don't believe in a thing called "hate speech" either speech is free or it is not. By the same token those students are guests and their status as guests should be revoked without any reason being given, but if one must be presented let it be that they offended one of the nation's sons.
26 posted on 10/30/2001 3:54:57 AM PST by Goblins
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To: Goblins
I do not believe in "hate speech" laws either, but if there is another terrorist attack and I witness any people supporting the destruction of Ameicans, I plan to use my first amendment right to let them know what I think!
27 posted on 10/30/2001 5:00:18 AM PST by Topaz
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To: LUVYA DUBYA 2000
I suggest that any FReepers who live in the area go to the board meeting and stand shoulder to shoulder with this patriotic new citizen.

Let the Board know there will be CONSEQUENCES for PC behavior.

prambo

28 posted on 10/30/2001 5:39:00 AM PST by prambo
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To: Shermy
Had it been me overhearing the little animals praising 911, I wouldn't have been just talking. I hate anyone who praise 6,000 dead. drill here. bomb there. problem solved.
29 posted on 10/30/2001 6:24:15 AM PST by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: Shermy
If Kebede is an American citizen, why is he referred to as an Ethiopian?
Arab Islamic nations are particularly cruel to the Ethiopians living or working there. They have no concept of "tolerance." Those Arab students should be deported, but they are welcome and defended because they bring MONEY to American universities.
30 posted on 10/30/2001 7:21:25 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: Brian Allen
Careful, you are encouraging folks who think like this:

“The enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends. We may not want them marrying our daughters, just as they would not want us marrying theirs. We may not want them in our societies, just as they would not want us in theirs. But anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill jews is alright by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude.”

-- Billy Roper,
-- Deputy Membership Coordinator, National Alliance

All we need right now is a Radical Islam/Far Right Sheethead axis.

31 posted on 10/30/2001 7:30:27 AM PST by Who is George Salt?
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To: Shermy

Can anyone make a gif file like this one using the Saudi flag?


32 posted on 10/30/2001 7:54:49 AM PST by JeepInMazar
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To: JeepInMazar
Mr. Kebede was interviewed this afternoon on the Sean Hannity radio show at 4:30 pm ET. I'm pleased to say that I think I helped bring it about. After talking personally with Mr. Kebede (who seems to be a genuinely nice person, but obviously someone of deep conviction and courage), and getting his OK, I e-mailed his phone number to "Sweet Baby" James, who is Sean's producer. Did anyone catch the interview?
33 posted on 10/31/2001 6:33:48 PM PST by calvin sun
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To: Mercuria
He's in!! WHOO-HOO!! Guest number 2 is CONFIRMED!!
 
(Thank you! Thankyouverymuch!)

34 posted on 10/31/2001 9:04:08 PM PST by AnnaZ
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To: calvin sun
No, can you dig up a link to the show? Thanks.
35 posted on 10/31/2001 9:29:05 PM PST by DebtsPaid
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To: AnnaZ
^5!!!!!
36 posted on 10/31/2001 10:03:46 PM PST by Mercuria
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To: calvin sun
I caught the interview and that is how I found out about the story--I came to FreeRepublic and did a search to learn more--thanks for bringing it to Hannity's attention. Maybe O'Reilly should be next?
37 posted on 10/31/2001 11:41:09 PM PST by beaversmom
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