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Letter to the editor: Meditating on 9/11 and how Islamophobia has shaped my identity

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  1. Rollie says:

    So your friends “altered” the original memorial? Your euphemistic language gives you away. Face it–they vandalized the memorial. To promote their counter-view, they actually had the opportunity to produce their own separate memorial and put their argument fairly before the students, but instead they simply chose to destroy one that they didn’t like, and in so doing claimed the right to decide what their fellow students get to see.

    Freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Constitution is not subject to moral relativism, and the act of uprooting and throwing flags in the garbage can’t be justified simply because its politics were correct in the minds of you and those who think likewise. As for the embracing of differences that you claim to advocate, please understand that the students’ act of “altering” the original, flag-based memorial was the perfect opposite of that. It was an attempt to silence and negate a view different than their own.

  2. Karim says:

    It’s rather interesting you bring up moral relativism and then attempt to conflate your opinion with “fact”.
    Rather, consider the memorial in concept: examine the idea of a memorial versus the idea’s manifestation; examine how we are all taking positions on this issue and how your position has no less of a nod to a sense of moral relativism.

    Regardless, I didn’t claim and do not claim to exclusively support the altering of the memorial. Instead I argue that this is an opportunity for all parties involved in any way to consider their position and work towards understanding. Had you considered my opinion objectively you would recognize this.

    Lastly, I don’t speak for the people who did it, and neither should anyone else.

  3. MS says:

    Calm down. Elsewhere the author also wrote the following:

    “After the tensions had lowered and people had dispersed on the night of the memorial’s defacing,”

    So while it’s nigh on impossible for someone as knee-jerk prejudiced as you to have empathy you might instead at least stop being a bully. Maybe having a Thesaurus handy would help you diffuse some anger. They’re free on-line.

    1. Rollie says:

      “Prejudiced….” How is arguing for equal freedom of speech for everyone any evidence of prejudice? Please explain. (A serious question.)

      As for “empathy”…the same question applies.

      “Bully…?” Do you feel bullied by a composed, dissenting opinion made up of civil words and phrases? Really?

      Perhaps you’re assuming a stance on my part regarding the topic of the original display (9/11 remembrance), or that of the vandals (issues connected to and stemming from 9/11), and are characterizing me based on that assumption. In fact, I’ve expressed no stance on those topics at all. My comments merely support the free exchange of ideas, and criticize those who would silence opposing ideas, as the flag vandals did.

      As for your semantic point–yes, the author also used the word “defacing.” But since the flags weren’t defaced–they were thrown away–it seems that term also serves as a euphemism.

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