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University Diversity Officer: ‘I Can’t be Racist nor Sexist Because I’m an Ethnic Minority Woman’

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Standing in front of a “no white men” sign wiping a way a big fat crocodile tear

A Goldsmiths University diversity officer who has faced accusations of racism after banning white people from an event has struck back to her detractors with a bold claim: It’s literally impossible for a minority woman like herself to be racist. [8]  Goldsmiths University’s student union welfare and diversity officer Bahar Mustafa sparked a backlash when she told white people and men they should not attend an event on “diversifying the curriculum”.  She wrote on Facebook: “Invite loads of BME Women and non-binary people!! Also, if you’ve been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME just cos I invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BME Women and non-binary event only.”  [1] [2] Her comments were branded “laughable” and “patronising” by fellow students.  [2] She was greeted with howls of protest from her fellow students who saw the banning of white people and all males from an “equality” event to be highly inflammatory. [14] The Daily Express reports that “BME” is a politically correct tag, which means Black and Minority Ethnic, and the term “non-binary” is apparently an all inclusive term for progressive types who do not view themselves as being exclusively male or female. [9] After being greeted with a tirade of abuse and enough vitriolic verbal volleys to fill a tennis court, the 27-year-old bounced back and aggravated her critics further by posting a sarcastic picture of herself on Facebook six days later, showing her standing in front of a “no white men” sign wiping a way a big fat crocodile tear. [14]  Goldsmiths University said it had written to the union to “express concern” at the comments, and added: “We are proud of our diverse community and do not tolerate any form of oppression, including racism, sexism or any other form of bigotry.”  [1] But Ms Mustafa, 27, has hit back in the row, describing the backlash over her Facebook post as “only one in a series of attacks upon minority women on campus.” [2]  Facebook post: Bahar Mustafa told white people and men not to attend the event In a statement read out to fellow students, she accused the media of embarking on a “witch hunt and shameful character assassination”. [2] Now, after being scrutinized by both U.K. and U.S. media, Mustafa is fighting back. In a statement she read aloud to a gathering of Goldsmiths students, Mustafa said racism is a one-way street. She said: “There have been charges laid against me that I am racist and sexist towards white men. [8]

I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender. Therefore, women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system. [2] [7]

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Bahar Mustafa

The comments were made during the final student assembly at Goldsmiths on May 5 and a video of Ms Mustafa’s remarks were posted on YouTube.  In a seven-minute statement, she also accused people who “benefit from white supremacy” of “clinging on” to power and added: “We are not going down without as fight.”  In her statement, Mustafa continued: “In order for our actions to have been deemed racist or sexist, the current system would have to be one which enables only women and people of colour to benefit economically and socially on such a large scale and to the systematic exclusion of white people and men who for the past 400 years would have had to have been subjected to colonisation.” [5] She said: “Reverse racism and reverse sexism are not real.  “We will not be silenced; we are militant. The world is not ready for minorities to challenge the status quo, but resistance to our resistance is futile.”  [1] [2] Her speech drew applause from a crowd of students gathered at an event at Goldsmith’s in New Cross last week.  The student’s union had previously said it was reviewing how it communicates with people to “avoid any future misunderstandings” after the backlash over Ms Mustafa’s comments ahead of the scheduled event in April.  It added: “Challenging societal inequality has been at the core of our campaigns and we try to do this pro-actively in our everyday work, so the accusation that we discriminate is one we refute wholeheartedly.”

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Katie Dove-Dixon

Goldsmiths student Katie Dove-Dixon, 24, says: “I 100 per cent agree with Bahar that marginalised groups need safe spaces. And she doesn’t think it’s possible for a white person to experience racism in this country. “I could experience an individual situation where I experience prejudice or bigotry but it would be an individual instance… “Because I do not experience far-reaching racism which systemically has oppressed me for 400 years and continues to oppress me in every facet of my life.” Katie says it’s all about context: “If you look at it sociologically, racism is the experience of prejudice plus power. “It can only be experienced if there’s that context of colonial oppression and media bias.” [10]

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[6] Jessica Elgot, Goldsmiths students divided over event that excluded white men, The Guardian, Wednesday 20 May 2015 17.11 BST
[7] Richard Hartley-Parkinson, Diversity officer who banned white people and men from event insists she’s not racist, Metro.co.uk, Tuesday 12 May 2015 2:23 pm
[8] Blake Neff, University Diversity Officer: Minority Women Can’t Be Racist, Daily Caller, 9:53 PM 05/12/2015

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