‘Academic Professional Marxist’ says, “The 9/11 observance at Saturday’s football game included a moment of silence, followed by a military flyover where students chanted ‘USA, USA.’ This was neither patriotism nor remembrance in any justifiable sense, but politicization, militarism, propaganda and bellicosity. And worst of all, it was offensive Muslims.”
Daily Illini The vast majority of 9/11 observances in this country cannot be seen as politically neutral events. (Nor should they be) Implicit in their nature are the notions that lives lost at the World Trade Center are more valuable than lives lost in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere; (They ARE) that the motives of the 9/11 attackers had nothing to do with genuine grievances in the Islamic world regarding American imperialism (Who cares?); and that the U.S. has been justified in the subsequent killing of hundreds of thousands in so-called retaliation. (It was NOT anywhere near hundreds of thousands, maybe 50,000 at most, and it WAS justified)
The University is a public institution that encompasses the political views of all, not just the most (falsely) “patriotic.” Athletic planners should cease such exploitation for political purposes. They might at least consider how most Muslim students, American or otherwise, would respond to this nativist display; or better, Muslims and others that live their lives under the threat of our planes, drones and soldiers.
The overwhelmingly white, privileged students should be ashamed of their obnoxious, fake-macho, chicken-hawk chant, while poverty-drafted members of their cohort fight and die in illegal and immoral wars for the control of oil. University administrators need to eliminate from all events such “patriotic” observances, which in this country cannot be separated from implicit justifications for state-sponsored killing.
University Academic Professional H/T ZIP
This is the kind of ‘tenured’ filth that passes itself off as academia in this country. It’s a cesspool of anti-Americanism, in which Obama was bred, that poisons the minds of America’s children with communist lies and propaganda. Haters like Green need to be put before a firing squad. Even better, they should all be shipped off to serve in Afghanistan, as no ‘academics have the balls to do. This asshat should be tried for treason and hanged in the public square. If anyone can find his email address I will tell him as much.