So who hung those posters at GWU?

| October 10, 2007

Monday morning while the rest of America was sleeping in enjoying their Columbus Day, nefarious forces were afoot on the George Washington University. The Washington Post article “Poster Was Aimed At Racism Authors Say” this morning explains the event;

Fliers that appeared on the George Washington University campus carrying an apparently anti-Islamic message were produced by students who were attempting to mock those they thought were trying to stir fear of Muslims, a campus newspaper was told.

The GW Hatchet, an independent campus paper, posted a story on its Web site late last night saying it had heard from those behind the fliers, who said they had been misunderstood. According to the Hatchet, an e-mail that it received from the students said the flier was not an attack on Islam but an effort “at exposing Islamophobic racism.”

Yep, but who did people who were outraged about this attack initially? The Young Americans Foundation conservative group on campus. As if any serious political organization would use hate as a tool to recruit in this day and age – well except radical Leftists and Islamists.

So who were the people behind it? Well, the Post declines to name them, but the GW Hatchet has no problem naming names;

The students – Adam Kokesh, freshman Yong Kwon, senior Brian Tierney, freshman Ned Goodwin, Maxine Nwigwe, Lara Masri and Amal Rammah – said their motives were misinterpreted.

Yep, Adam Kokesh – the little weasel to whom I’ve dedicated a whole category on this blog. And what was their intent? Squelching the free speech of conservatives, of course;

Students for Conservativo-Facism Awareness hung the posters in opposition to Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, an event being held beginning Oct. 22.

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is a David Horowitz event. Just like the KKK leaflets in Manasas were intended to paint the anti-immigration movement there as a racist movement, this Kokesh-led abortion was meant to fan the flames of  hate against conservatives and those of us who are wary of Islamofacism. And it worked initially (from the WaPo, yesterday);

“I was just really shocked that this sort of hatred exists on our campus,” said Najah El Bash, a sophomore from New York who is one of the leaders of the GWU Muslim Students Association. “You never think this would come so close to home, from people you’re in classes with. . . . It’s scary.” It had to be well-planned, she said, for so many posters to go up so quickly.

Yeah, scary. It’s scary that people who who were cautious about blaming radical Islam for the 9-11 attacks is quick to point fingers at conservatives for this kind of childish rhetoric. I would hope that the George Washington University faculty will give Kokesh exactly what they would have intended for YAF if they’d found them responsible. But, fat chance. In fact, the local TV stations, after their initial reports of facists on the loose in the city, have dropped the story. Here’s a Fox 5 report that hasn’t been updated to reflect the solved crime since yesterday at noon. The local Telemundo news broadcast hasn’t changed either. I guess it’s too good a story when it’s sheet-wearing racists instead of non-sheet-wearing racists.

By the way, those posters that Kokesh and his bunch got arrested for posting nearly a month ago that they claimed were an expression of their free speech? Well, they’re still all over the city – no one has taken them down. In fact, I saw a poster the other day from the March 17th protest. I wonder if the city has collected on their $20,000 fine yet.

Hat tip to Kate for the early morning email on a slow news day. Michele Malkin has more, and Little Green Footballs was on it here and here. David Horowitz calls it a hate crime. LGF and Gateway Pundit write that YAF is being asked by the assistant director of student activities to apologize for the fake posters from YAF’s fake members.

Samantha Sault of The Weekly Standard Blogs says colleges hate conservatives – I say colleges hate everyone equally. Why else would colleges so readily fill skulls of mush with inacurate and incomplete information?

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  1. Kathy says:

    Actually, academia hates conservatives more than anything. Without conservatives they could live off their own platitudes and never have to think again.

    And it’s too much work for a liberal to think.

    Jonn wrote: If they could think (or work), they’d be conservatives. 

  2. robin says:

    Jonn – here’s an update on Kokesh and Richards…
    Adam Kokesh, Tina Richards and Ian Thompson appeared in court Thursday. The antiwar ANSWER Coalition says they could face up to six months in jail if convicted of the charge.
    The ANSWER Coalition has responded by suing the city, alleging their constitutional rights
    were violated.