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Outraged Academic of the Day: Anti-Islamic Propaganda at Football Games Must End!

By Doug Powers  •  September 23, 2010 06:58 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Outrageous outrage in the Daily Illini, courtesy of one David Green, Academic Professional:

The vast majority of 9/11 observances in this country cannot be seen as politically neutral events. 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; that the motives of the 9/11 attackers had nothing to do with genuine grievances in the Islamic world regarding American imperialism; and that the U.S. has been justified in the subsequent killing of hundreds of thousands in so-called retaliation.

The observance at Saturday’s football game was no different. A moment of silence was followed by a military airplane flyover; in between, Block-I students chanted “USA, USA.” This was neither patriotism nor remembrance in any justifiable sense, but politicization, militarism, propaganda and bellicosity. 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, Block-I 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.

Aside from the fact that this guy seems to think there’s still a military draft, he must be a ball of fun to go to a game with.

Heaven help whoever’s sitting next to him if somebody mentions throwing “the bomb” (war pig!), the “Hail Mary” (keep your Catholocism at home, pal, we don’t all worship your false god!), “offsides” (we shouldn’t be taking sides without knowing all the facts first, and probably not even then!) calling for “the blitz” (stop with your hateful mocking, Bavariaphobe — not all Germans tried to level London!), “weak side” (because a team is numerically disadvantaged due to various sociopolitical factors does not give you the right to exploit them) or a “hand-off” (lepers have feelings tooooo!).

For some reason, this quote comes to mind:

“If you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond”
–Ferris Bueller

(h/t Moonbattery)

**Written by Doug Powers

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