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    MN - Univ Students reject new 9/11 tradition “potential perpetuation of Islamophobia”

    http://www.startribune.com/universit...ion/351081611/

    Last week, the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student government voted down a resolution to hold an annual “moment of recognition” on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, citing concerns that it might inflame anti-Muslim sentiment.

    Now the group is facing a backlash on social media, particularly in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
    http://www.startribune.com/universit...ote/351543061/

    The University of Minnesota says it is moving ahead with plans to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks following an outcry over a student group’s vote against holding a moment of silence.

    The announcement Wednesday, from President Eric Kaler and Dean Johnson, chairman of the Board of Regents, said the university is reaffirming its commitment “to honor and remember the victims of 9/11.”

    A spokesman said the university has been receiving calls for almost a week, since it was first reported that the Minnesota Student Association, which represents undergraduates, had rejected a resolution calling for a “moment of recognition” for 9/11.

    The vote prompted a backlash on social media.

    “We certainly did hear from folks on this,” said Evan Lapiska, a U spokesman. “Dean Johnson and President Kaler wanted to make sure that the folks were aware that the U is committed to honoring the victims.”


    http://www.leoaffairs.com/featured/m...ve-to-muslims/

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...o-muslims.html

    This unfortunate era of intolerance on college campuses for any ideas one does not agree with, or that one could perceive as "offensive", is an outgrowth of the "safe spaces", "microaggression" movement. The Atlantic Monthly (below) has a very good article delving into this new phenomenon of intolerance for any opposing or uncomfortable ideas among college students. Very disturbing that University professors are losing their jobs over the things described in the article.

    I'm interested to hear what Websleuthers think about this new phenomenon.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...n-mind/399356/

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    Normal, sane people begrudge no one who is dead a moment to be remembered.
    "If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
    - John Irving in A Prayer for Owen Meany

    Unless I provide a link or refer to a specific link, all my ramblings are theories, speculation, scenarios based on what info is available and my own unique life experiences.

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    Fwiw, find it difficult to understand why students at the University of Minnesota are being held responsible for commemorating 9/11. Aren't they there to learn?

    If every location in the US is held responsible to uphold a remembrance of 9/11 then could understand the perceived controversy.

    Does McDonald's hold a moment of silence at their US locations? Krispy Kreme? Should they?

    Assume this is an attempt at race baiting - a poor one at that imo. Good luck with getting the population of the US on board that this university is wrong about this issue.
    Jmo.

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    If the University has been commemorating 9/11 for 14 years, why has it suddenly become an issue ?
    Justice for Holly Bobo🎀

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    Why didn't they care enough to do this years ago? Do they have moments of recognition at any other time during the school year, like December 7th, November 11th, May 8th, or April 4th?

    Theo Menon, the student group representative to MSA for the College Republicans (CRs) at UMN, introduced the resolution; MSA’s forum voted against it 36-23 (with three abstentions). The proposed resolution pointed to the university’s lack of any sort of commemoration regarding the attacks on 9/11. It then called for a campus-wide moment of recognition on every September 11 from now on.
    IMO when the vote didn't go their way they started whining about it.

    http://www.mnrepublic.com/msa-reject...ution-for-911/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~n/t~ View Post
    If the University has been commemorating 9/11 for 14 years, why has it suddenly become an issue ?
    Have they? What I read said this was a response to the lack of commemoration.

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    From a link in post #1 -

    Theo Menon, a Minnesota Student Association representative realized that the university wasn’t doing anything to memorialize 9/11.

    http://www.leoaffairs.com/featured/m...ve-to-muslims/


    Doesn't look like a longstanding affair with this university. Rather a new proposal. Emotions will trump facts many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesneakers View Post
    Have they? What I read said this was a response to the lack of commemoration.
    Thanks I misread. I thought they were stopping it because of the possible backlash to the Muslims because of the tragedy in Paris.
    Justice for Holly Bobo🎀

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    I wonder if this is the same student group that got the university to stop mentioning race in a warning to students when a rape occurred on or near the campus.

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    U of M is my Alma Mater! Proud to be a graduate. MN scores at the top every year for is it the ACT or the SAT? I forget. Students there are top notch.

    Even more proud of Gov Mark Dayton who is a multi millionare. From Dayton Hudson and Target family founders. A true man of compassion!


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    The resolution, which was proposed by Theo Menon, a representative from the College Republicans
    Republicans, enough said. Political mudsling at it’s finest.

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    IIRC, the FBI agents who first reported messages involving getting terrorists into US flight schools in order to fly planes into buildings were assigned for field offices in Minnesota.

    They were ignored....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaaBoom View Post
    Republicans, enough said. Political mudsling at it’s finest.
    Spoken like a true believer in tolerance and co-existing.

    How is it mudslinging to want to do something to remember 9/11?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itsmevkb View Post
    Spoken like a true believer in tolerance and co-existing.

    How is it mudslinging to want to do something to remember 9/11?
    Read again. Nobody said it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Read again. Nobody said it was.
    Read between the lines. jmo
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