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“Wear My Hijab” Prof Claims Racist Attacks

Here’s a follow up from our earlier article about “Wear My Hijab Day,” from Canada’s Hamilton Spectator:

Police probe racist slurs sprayed on prof’s door

By Paul Morse
(Apr 12, 2007)

A McMaster University professor who organized a campus day in support of Muslim students says racial slurs sprayed onto her office door have left her in complete shock.

Hamilton police have launched a hate crime investigation into the racist attack condemned by Hamilton’s Muslim community and McMaster officials.

Investigators believe the incident is a backlash against last week’s Wear a Hijab Day, an event organized by associate French professor Muriel Walker to help sensitize people about Islam.

“What have I done, not just to deserve this, but to inspire this kind of strong reaction?” she said. “I am still in disbelief.”

Campus cleaning staff discovered the racist and profane graffiti on Walker’s door early Tuesday morning. They also found copies of controversial Danish editorial cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed glued to her door.

“Did I really do something that bad to trigger this whole hysteria?” Walker said.

McMaster president Dr. Peter George said he is disappointed Walker was attacked in “such a crude and cowardly way.”

The university works hard to promote an inclusive campus community, he said.

Hamilton’s Centre for Civic Inclusion, and the Settlement and Integration Services Organization deplored the incident.

The graffiti was not immediately reported to city police as a hate crime. Police were first informed late Tuesday by “a third party” and did not receive a report from campus security until yesterday afternoon.

“I would have preferred to have been contacted much sooner,” said hate crimes Sergeant Chris Kiriakopolous.

Campus security director Terry Sullivan has promised a full review of the incident’s investigation.

McMaster Students Union president John Popham said this is a step backward for the university.

“Racism and safety are very important issues for our professors and students. We will continue working to prevent racism incidents on campus,” said Popham.

Does anybody really believe this happened?

How many times have we seen these very same kind of people stage these bigoted attacks upon themselves?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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