A college is not allowing their students to hang posters in remembrance of the victims of September 11.
Ripon College is banning the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at the school from putting up “9/11: Never Forget Project” posters, claiming, “Students from a Muslim background would feel singled out and/or harassed,” according to YAF.
Member of Ripon College Bias Protocol Board—> “I’m not sure I think the Iran hostage issue was Islamic terrorism,” when discussing @yaf Never Forget poster https://t.co/bdRZ3SskSi pic.twitter.com/g2j9A7740H
— Patrick X Coyle (@PatrickXCoyle) August 29, 2018
When YAF asked the administration about the matter, they said the posters creates an “environment” that makes students “feel like they are not able to learn.”
The administration said the posters focus “relentlessly on one religious organization, one religious group, one religious identity — in associating that one religious identity with terrorist attacks which go back far before 9/11 and after 9/11.”
Adding to their reasoning on censoring the content, the administration reminded YAF they are a private school, therefore can choose what they feel is appropriate to display.
YAF responded saying key moments of U.S. history cannot be censored.
A photo of fallen New York City firefighters on September 11, 2001:Glen E. Ellman/Getty Images
Members of the Bias Protocol Board said nothing in the poster “adds to the conversation about 9/11, or about the politics of terrorism, or about national security or responses to it that couldn’t be done easily and more constructively without it.”
According to YAF, one administrator said, “It seems like the only terrorist activities brought up in this poster are those done by extremist Islamic groups, and so if I’m Muslim on this campus, like, ok, it sends the message that all terrorism happens by Muslims,” YAF reported.
“The intent is admirable to talk about why are we killing each other,” another administrator said, YAF reported. “… But what about school shootings?”
YAF spokesman, Spencer Brown, said in the article, “Just as remembrances of horrific events carried out in the name of Nazism or Communism include honoring other victims of those ideological treacheries, so does the remembrance of the attacks carried out by radical Islamists on September 11, 2001.”Drew Angerer/Getty Images
“The original need for us to create this project dates back to 2003, when we saw schools trying to sanitize 9/11 and not talk about who committed these terrorist acts,” Brown told The College Fix.
“I think that their claims that the posters were inflammatory and inappropriate are completely ridiculous,” YAF chapter president, Hannah Krueger, told The College Fix. “Last year we had some of our posters ripped down and torn apart. However, this, in my opinion, is due to the fact that many left wingers on campus cannot stand to see a competing viewpoint.”
UPDATE [8/31/2018, 9:57 a.m. EST]:
Rippon College, on the other hand, is now denying that YAF was banned from hanging their 9/11 posters and addressed the controversy in a statement on Facebook: