Target: Dr. Tedd Mitchell, President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Goal: Expel student found responsible for anti-Muslim hate graffiti on university campus.
“Muslims need to go back home,” according to graffiti found recently on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus. This kind of hate speech is indicative of the deeply-ingrained prejudice against Muslims in the United States and needs to be tackled head-on. Demand that the university expel any student it finds responsible for this vandalism.
Islamophobia has reared its ugly head in Texas once again, this time at one of the state’s premier medical universities. Physicians and medical students arrived on campus one recent morning to find the school’s seal, a large statue bearing the school’s title and crest, defaced with black spray painted graffiti reading “NO MUSLIMS.”
To the university’s credit, it worked very quickly to remove this hateful graffiti once it was brought to its attention, and the campus police force has launched an investigation. What is still up in the air, however, is how the perpetrator of this vandalism and hate speech will be punished.
American Muslims have been the target of harassment, discrimination, and violence in this country precisely because of ignorant sentiments like those communicated by this graffiti. Sign the petition below to demand that the university leadership expel the student found responsible for this hate speech.
Dear President Mitchell,
I am writing you today regarding the graffiti that recently defaced your university’s seal. It’s unknown at this point whether the vandal was one of your students or just a resident of the larger Lubbock community who wanted to get their point across, but if it is the former, I urge you to exercise your full authority in their reprimanding.
Anti-Muslim sentiment is at an all-time high in the United States. Ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001, harassment, discrimination, threats of violence, and actual acts of violence have been part of the day-to-day experience for millions of American Muslims. This is the sad reality precisely because of the bigotry and ignorance represented in the graffiti found on your campus.
Every American has a responsibility to combat racist stereotypes and xenophobia. If the “NO MUSLIM” graffiti was done by one of your university’s students, you have been given a solemn opportunity to do just that. Islamophobic hatred and bigotry should have no place on your campus. I demand that if a student is found responsible for this hate speech that you expel them at once.
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