To associate vindictive, deranged killers with Islam, a religion of compassion and reverence, is about as morally reprehensible as equating greed and stinginess with financially successful Jews. It is a stereotype: a vile, reductive, inaccurate, immature stereotype…
I am personally offended by this ad, and I am not even Muslim. I am offended by the misuse of the word “apartheid” — a form of racial segregation, not religiously fueled assassination. I am offended by the tradition of racism that this ad continues. I would like to remind the DP that the very same propaganda tactics were used in the slave-era south, where the faces of black men accused of seducing or raping white women were published in widely read newspapers and continued through the garish caricatures of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Nick DeFina, University of Pennsylvania Student, in response to a full page ad published in the school’s newspaper (scroll to page 6). The ad was created by David Horowitz’ Islamophobic group called Freedom Center. In the past few weeks, full page ads have been purchased to advertise “Islamic Apartheid Week” in several university newspapers around the nation.
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