• Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse Profile

  • Janice Checchio

    Associate Creative Director, Photography

    Portrait of Janice Checchio

    Janice Checchio has been an art director, editorial designer, photo editor, photographer, or some combination of the aforementioned for 12 years. After seven years at The Boston Phoenix and Stuff Boston Magazine, she returned to oversee photography at Boston University, where she had received a BFA in Graphic Design. She lives a photo–ready life in Dorchester with her husband, son, and way too many pairs of glasses. Profile

Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English. Statistics or facts must include a citation or a link to the citation.

There are 4 comments on CAS Class Explores Women in the Muslim World

  1. “…US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, made remarks about rising Islamophobia in the United States. Her words prompted outrage from conservatives and President Trump, who tweeted an inflammatory video of Omar’s face next to the burning Twin Towers.

    “This is what happens when women become outspoken in the political sphere…”

    Let’s set the record straight. These are the words of US Rep Omar that prompted outrage, “Some people did something” in her reference to 9/11. 9/11 – when 19 Islamic al-Qaeda terrorists carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. 9/11 – when those terrorists slaughtered 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 more. And now, eighteen years later, people still are dying from the attack because of cancers and lung diseases. Some people did something??!!

    Any American alive on 9/11 remembers where they were when they heard the news of the attacks. The nation was in shock and mourning.

    Rep Omar’s choice of words showed disrespect for the gravity of this terrorist attack and a lack of reverence for all the lives lost. Especially coming from a US representative in a scripted speech, it’s no wonder that Americans would be outraged by her callousness.

    It would likely help Rep Omar’s cause if she instead acknowledged the gravity of these terrorist attacks and condemned the terrorists’ actions.

    But Americans should be even more outraged at Rep Omar’s anti-Semitism, as evidenced in her tweets such as: “Israel has hypnotized the world.” And in February she wrote that U.S. support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby.” ($100 bills) These types of tropes and accusations have been commonly used against Jews for centuries. After the Benjamins tweet, Rep Omar was condemned by House leadership for, “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters” and was forced to apologize.

    I don’t doubt Rep Omar is a victim of Islamophobia, as she claims, but she’s also a U.S. representative who is fueling anti-Semitism, which is alarmingly on the rise. Considering her own personal experience and her position of power, she, of all people, should not be promulgating bigotry.

    No wonder Americans are outraged with Rep Omar, as they would be even if these were the actions of a white male US representative.

    1. “Here’s the truth. Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange, that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”

      It’s useful to understand the context of when words are said, not just take them completely out of context to suit your own narrative. She wasn’t belittling the attacks at all, but stating facts of the eventual contributions to Islamophobia. I also recall that she apologized for the anti-Semitic comment, recognizing that she has more to learn, and that she was not making a generalized statement about Jewish people but about the politics of the situation, which personally I find some truth in her comment, although it does come off as abrasive.

      Here’s some further reading on the facts of the “9/11” misquote: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/11/rep-ilhan-omar-9-11-comments-new-york-post-cover/3437581002/

      I also want to note that were this a white male politician, their quote likely wouldn’t have been taken so far out of context, and people wouldn’t be immediately up in arms over these statements.

      1. As written, this article leads the reader to believe that it was Omar’s comments about rising Islamophobia in the US that prompted outrage, which wasn’t the case. I just tried to clear that up.

        Yes, I had heard Omar’s whole quote, which, by the way, makes her statement even more perplexing. CAIR was founded in 1994–we were attacked on 9/11/2001. Her surrounding words don’t change the fact that her description of 9/11 as “some people did something” demonstrates her irreverence. I lived through 9/11 about an hour away from the WTC along with my toddler (who now attends BU), with friends and family in Manhattan that day, and with my daughter in her kindergarten class – waiting for the next shoe to drop – would I even see my daughter and my husband again? But I guess that’s just my narrative.

        1. I agree completely with your correction, the article does make it seem as though it was her comments on Islamophobia that led to outrage.

          “US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, made remarks about rising Islamophobia in the United States. Her words prompted outrage from conservatives and President Trump, who tweeted an inflammatory video of Omar’s face next to the burning Twin Towers”

          Just reading these two sentences, I get the impression that Omar spoke out against Islamophobia, was attacked for doing so and then immediately connected to the 9/11 terrorists by President Trump. That paints a far worse picture of the incident than what really happened, and completely leaves out the exact quote that people were outraged about.

          I find it ironic that someone would talk about Omar being taken out of context, when the article itself provides absolutely no context as to what Omar said that angered people all over America so much.

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *