It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
Bahar Mustafa has a problem. Many people think she is racist and sexist. People reached that conclusion following a notice Mustafa posted on her Facebook account. She organized a students’ union event last April, however, she added a caveat:
Hey, I made as many of you hosts so please invite loads of BME Women and non-binary people!!
Also, if you’ve been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME just cos I invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BME Women and non-binary event only…Don’t worry lads we will give you and allies things to do 😉
What makes Mustafa’s post so egregious, aside from the idiotic acronym and politically correct language, is that she is Goldsmiths’ student union welfare and diversity officer. She is supposed to encourage and enforce diversity, yet she decided to not only exclude people based on their sex, but also their race.
Some people failed to notice this, focusing on white men as the excluded group. That view was supported by Mustafa tweeting this picture:
Nevertheless, Mustafa’s actual post states that “no men and/or white” people should attend. In proper English, what she wrote was, “If you are male, white, or both, you’re not welcome.” At first glance, one would think this would exclude Mustafa as she appears very white. Apparently this is untrue. According to a recently upload video Mustafa created to defend herself from criticism:
I want to explain why this is false. I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describes structures of privilege based on race and gender.
To quote Dennis Prager: “The foolishness of that comment is so deep, I can only ascribe it to higher education. You have to have gone to college to say something that stupid.”
Indeed that is the case. Mustafa has an illustrious degree in Women’s Studies, the very pinnacle of modern higher education.
I could through the insanity that is her video retort to the criticism, but fortunately Sargon of Akkad already did it for me:
With that out of the way, let us return to the article. Goldsmiths’ students’ union is simultaneously distancing itself from and supporting Mustafa:
The students’ union has also refuted any accusation of discrimination and said it is reviewing the way it communicates such events “to avoid any future misunderstandings.”
In a statement posted on its website, the union said: “Goldsmiths Students’ Union places huge importance on equality and diversity. It is in this vein that we host spaces where specific minority groups who experience similar discrimination can talk together confidently about overcoming the structural disadvantages and prejudice they face in society.
“These types of initiatives are the norm across the student movement and within Students’ Unions in the UK. The National Union of Students has full-time officers and campaigns for students who identify as women, BME, LGBT and disabled as they too see the need for these spaces.”
“As well as the meeting we held this week of the BME forum, there will also be public meetings held alongside where everyone is welcome and that are attended by a wide range of students.
“We are reviewing the way these events are communicated to avoid any future misunderstandings.
“Challenging societal inequality has been at the core of our campaigns and we try to do this pro-actively in our everyday work, so the accusation that we discriminate is one we refute wholeheartedly.”
In short, “When we do it, it’s not discrimination.”
Welcome to Bigotry 101.