Bahar Mustafa faces charges over #killallwhitemen tweet

I previously wrote about police investigating diversity officer Bahar Mustafa over several over her tweets. Scotland Yard confirmed that they began the investigation after “police received a complaint on 7 May (2015) about a racially motivated malicious communication that had been made on a social media account.”

The police apparently concluded their investigation and decided to press charges against Mustafa:

A student diversity officer who came to prominence in a race row after allegedly tweeting the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been charged by police with sending a threatening communication.

Bahar Mustafa, of Goldsmiths, University of London, is set to appear at Bromley magistrates court on 5 November.

The 28-year-old from Edmonton, north-east London, faces two charges. One is sending a communication conveying a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015. The second is for sending a grossly offensive message via a public communication network between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015.

Oh irony! How I missed thee. This is exactly what feminists like Mustafa wanted to happen. The police were supposed to go after people using hate speech and make threats and harassing people online. The only problem is that it was not supposed to happen to feminists.

Except it did:

A Met police spokesman said in a statement: “A woman interviewed under caution regarding a complaint of racially motivated malicious communication made on a social media network has been summonsed to court.”

Again, the irony is practically delectable.

Yet I do not support this. Yes, Mustafa deserves public embarrassment and shame for her behavior, ideology, and smug attitude. She does not, however, deserve to be arrested for writing something people do not like.

It is interesting to see that it is Mustafa’s greatest critics who came to her defense. This is what it means to actually have principles. None of them support Mustafa, but they do support her right to say whatever she wants without facing imprisonment.

Perhaps people like Mustafa could learn much about what it means to have actual principles.

5 thoughts on “Bahar Mustafa faces charges over #killallwhitemen tweet

  1. The price for freedom of speech is letting the assholes have a voice. A price I’d be more then happy to pay.

  2. Depends if they’re making messages threatening someone else’s safety. Mustafa made the mistake of assuming that power structures and privileges are what’s relevant in these messages rather than threatening safety. (Death and rape threats etc) She’s recently gone nuts at the Conservative party’s conference protests in Manchester, so maybe that’s what it’s all about.

    But yeah it’s not illegal to be an arsehole (Though hoist by your own petard is a fitting term to use here because her antics have backfired).

  3. Rev’s reference to HeforShe cracked me up.

    I actually signed up for that, just to see what would happen. They gave me a number and said watch your email fo updates and issues or something.

    So far, I have recieved three (3) total emails. One confirming the sign-up, one celebrating international women’s day, and one pointing out it is equal pay day. That is all.

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