Persecution and threats against student activist escalate

Bahar Mustafa - Golsmiths Student's Union Welfare & Diversity Officer

A London student union officer has received death threats in a month-long campaign of harassment, after she organised a meeting for minority students.

Bahar Mustafa, 27, is the Welfare & Diversity Officer of Goldsmiths Students’ Union. Ms Mustafa organised a meeting for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and non-binary people, and asked that white people and men did not attend.

A Goldsmiths student, who is understood to have recently been a member of the xenophobic right-wing UKIP party, claimed that this was racist against white men.

The story was spun as ‘white men banned from anti-racism rally’, and subsequently picked up by student paper the Tab, the Evening Standard and Daily Mail, amongst others. Supporters of Bahar refuted the claims in a statement:

This is not, as has been suggested in the press, anti-white bigotry. Nor is it discrimination, in any sense of the word. The event in question is not a job or scholarship from which white people are barred from applying. It is an organising meeting involving just over ten people, convening to feed back into wider organising meetings.

However, the campaign against her subsequently escalated, with attempts to have Ms Mustafa - who is an elected student union officer - ‘sacked’. She has also received death threats, and has been reported to the police.

Following the media coverage, an assortment of Men’s Rights Activists, British fascists, and participants in the misogynist hate campaign gamergate descended on the twitter hashtag #SupportBaharMustafa with a torrent of abuse.

This effort to ban minorities from meeting without white men present is the latest in a wider campaign portraying left-wing and liberation movements as a totalitarian threat to ‘free speech’ on campuses. Former genocide-denying Marxist turned right-wing contrarian Spiked magazine recently published a ‘free speech ranking’ for universities, with red, amber, and green categories.

Supposed ‘threats to free speech’ which landed universities in the red category include bans on on-campus fascist activity, “zero tolerance” policies on sexual harassment, and recognition of transgender people. Sacking of elected officers for speaking freely is not mentioned.

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May 22 2015 12:29

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Fleur
May 26 2015 01:23

Am I correct in thinking that there has been a higher number of people than usual signing up to this site just to be wankers recently? Or maybe I've just noticed them more than I normally do.

Khawaga
May 26 2015 02:48

Yup, definitively been an influx of wankers. Particularly on this thread.

Ombudsman
May 26 2015 17:35

B) She's on our side... Like early posters said, solidarity much? If that was my, or another anarchists/leftists arse in the dock for saying reasonable safe space policy I'd want to see people backing me up.

I don't think she is.

I think she's against the Oppressor (ie you, cis-male white) and for the Oppressed.

It seems a bit rich to be calling for solidarity from the people you've spent the last few years attacking as your oppressors, the people who are mocked as part of their in-group banter. Might've been a bit better in retrospect to drop that edgy student politics posturing and actually try to build up some trust, but nah who needs that when you've got a twitter echo-chamber full of people to impress?

You can't be "Not My Comrades!" one minute then "Why aren't you helping me!" the next. Bahar Mustafa, whilst I feel sympathy cos she's under attack, doesn't give a fuck about white men of any description, and infact to get sub-cultural respect and status within her circle of mates mocking white men seems to be the way to go about it, so you can't hardly appear surprised and shocked that when she finally does (utterly predictably) come under attack that a lot of people are indifferent.

Admin: Ombudsman banned for (now unpublished) untrue smears below.

Fleur
May 26 2015 17:37

And here comes another one.

Let's all have a moment of silence reflecting on the poor mocked white male. They must carry a heavy burden.

xxzxcuzxme
May 26 2015 18:18
Ombudsman wrote:

I don't think she is.

I think she's against the Oppressor (ie you, cis-male white) and for the Oppressed.

You can't be "Not My Comrades!" one minute then "Why aren't you helping me!" the next. Bahar Mustafa, whilst I feel sympathy cos she's under attack, doesn't give a fuck about white men of any description, and infact to get sub-cultural respect and status within her circle of mates mocking white men seems to be the way to go about it, so you can't hardly appear surprised and shocked that when she finally does (utterly predictably) come under attack that a lot of people are indifferent.

I don't think this has any grounding in what has happened, aside from the usage of the hashtag (which I feel is fu*king stupid anyway, for a number of reasons), there hasn't been any showing of evidence (that I've seen anyway) that Bahar is against cis white guys. Maybe the in jokes, sarcasm, and all round bulls*it that passes for a lot of postings can get inflated and taken out of context on social media, that is an issue on both its overall usage and how tweets/posts can be taken out of context by those who wish to do so (namely the press looking for a quick story), but it doesn't serve as concrete evidence of a dislike of white men, and furthermore is a side issue to the main part of this all (the meeting).

omen
May 26 2015 19:43
Fleur wrote:
Am I correct in thinking that there has been a higher number of people than usual signing up to this site just to be wankers recently? Or maybe I've just noticed them more than I normally do.
Khawaga wrote:
Yup, definitively been an influx of wankers. Particularly on this thread.

plasmatelly
May 26 2015 21:31
Fleur wrote:
Am I correct in thinking that there has been a higher number of people than usual signing up to this site just to be wankers recently? Or maybe I've just noticed them more than I normally do.

Not just tosspots who have come to have a go at Bahar, but a gaggle of ancap trash. I despair..

no1
May 27 2015 10:44
Ombudsman wrote:
You can't be "Not My Comrades!" one minute then "Why aren't you helping me!" the next. Bahar Mustafa, whilst I feel sympathy cos she's under attack, doesn't give a fuck about white men of any description, and infact to get sub-cultural respect and status within her circle of mates mocking white men seems to be the way to go about it, so you can't hardly appear surprised and shocked that when she finally does (utterly predictably) come under attack that a lot of people are indifferent.
Fleur wrote:
Let's all have a moment of silence reflecting on the poor mocked white male. They must carry a heavy burden.

This reminds me of the quote by Margret Atwood that "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."

I'm finding it hard to believe the amount of genuine anger and hatred directed at Bahar by supposed anarchists (not just here, also elsewhere) simply for using an obviously sarcastic hashtag. Some guys really seem to feel feminist humour as deeply as that quote implies.

boozemonarchy
May 27 2015 15:31
Serge Forward
May 27 2015 15:50

Good to see the racist/sexist/far right tossers get their petition binned. That said, she's got the kind of liberal 'right on' politics that can induce extreme nausea in communists at twenty fucking paces. Anyone got an anti-emetic?

plasmatelly
May 27 2015 18:50

I dunno Serge, this thread might not be the best place to look at the politics of someone who has been on trial constantly for days on end. It would be nice if the issue was just about discussing whether oppressed groups of people have the right to organise, but it's clearly one where Bahar has become a peg in which all degrees of misogyny has been hung.
It's a bit of a discussion that is going round and round, but having been through the mill (and disgracefully so by some anarchists), it might be more of an act of solidarity not to attack Bahar from other not-so related angles such as politics.

Serge Forward
May 27 2015 18:55

Aye, fair point, plasmatelly. Time and place innit.

Chilli Sauce
May 27 2015 19:07

Also, Jesus, who never had embarassing teenage/twenty-something politics? I know I did.

Serge Forward
May 27 2015 19:37

I suppose so. In my teens, I was just an 'apolitical' football hooligan. Totally ignorant about the world. Always hated the rich, mind, so not with totally irredeemably rubbish politics.

Fleur
May 27 2015 19:43

Actually, I find it bloody depressing that a bunch of self-identifying radical folks can lose their shit over a hashtag, seemingly oblivious that it's a joke, irrespective of whether or not you find the joke funny, and obviously clueless about where the joke came from and what it is in reaction to. The idea that solidarity should be withheld from someone because they used a hashtag joke on twitter that you're not in on is quite beyond ridiculous. (And that's me being very, very nice about it. )

Georgie89
May 29 2015 00:51

Lol when did the workers movement and Marxism in general become about defending guilt ridden middle class white people who tweet kill all white men and getting offended at an off camera rape in game of thrones, the same series where men are tortured and have their cocks cut off?

And no one is offended at the kill all white men hashtag they are pissed off about this smug white dickhead who would try and have you fired or decry you as a racist for doing the same thing about any other group, even as a joke. I know more people who have become right wing or open to right wing poltiics over the last decade because of a backlash towards the SJW, ultra guilty liberal crusade and double standard all over social media, the media etc. than any other reason. People are sick of it.

Not only is it counter productive it is cringeworthy. Like the financially sound hippy haired white kids in Ferguson who outnumbered the black people there lol. Black people thought it was hillarious. It just stinks of hipster bullshit.

Every time you see a leftist or feminist on social media they are trying to get some cunt fired because they said the wrong thing or offended someone and yet when some annoying twat who is supposed to be promoting diversity tells white people they are not welcome to meetings and tweets killallwhitemen the white knight brigade comes out in full force.

Let me guess people on here supported CancelColbert and that punchable git Suey Park grin Oh the oppression of upper middle class Asian women who live at home with their parents. What a cliche.

Georgie89
May 29 2015 00:30
Fleur wrote:
Actually, I find it bloody depressing that a bunch of self-identifying radical folks can lose their shit over a hashtag, seemingly oblivious that it's a joke, irrespective of whether or not you find the joke funny, and obviously clueless about where the joke came from and what it is in reaction to. The idea that solidarity should be withheld from someone because they used a hashtag joke on twitter that you're not in on is quite beyond ridiculous. (And that's me being very, very nice about it. )

The problem is some average working class guy would be vilified and probably lose his job if he did something similar but it pissed off some feminist blogger or some social justice warrior. Liberals and SJW's have become the new right insofar as they are the ones having people fired, they are the ones trying to squash any comedy, films or ideas that run counter to their narrative.

And when these kinds of double standards are so obvious it makes people pissed off and highlights why the rhetoric put out by the supposedly "radical" left today is deemed pathetic nonsense by the population at large.

Georgie89
May 29 2015 00:41

"I don't know her racial background and I don't care. As she was quoted in Salon, "racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender." Whatever color her skin is, her words there are correct. So-called "reverse racism" is based on a fallacy called "false equivalence" which pretends that all races experience or are equally likely to experience racism. This is plainly false, there is no such equivalence, and so when minorities who are the targets of racism speak out against racism they do not themselves become racist by doing so, no matter how strongly they might condemn racists from majority groups."

You can't just redefine racism to fit your narrative. If a black man targets a white woman beats and rapes her is that not racist because the expression of domination has no structural element?

This type of bizzaro stuff is exactly why I stop labelling myself as a libertarian communist. What planet are you living on? This is what happens when leftists only discuss politics with other like minded people. It becomes silly. No dissenting opinion or honest voice pulling you back to the real world.

radicalgraffiti
May 29 2015 00:52

fuck off liberal

Georgie89
May 29 2015 01:00
radicalgraffiti wrote:
fuck off liberal

No the person hashtagging killallwhitemen was a liberal. But OK I can see you can't bare other opinions or discussion unless it is with people who agree with you. As I said above this is typical. It is the left wing version of stormfront syndrome. Anyone arguing the jews are not evil is a jew ergo fuck off jew. Circular logic which means embarrassing political rhetoric like what has been on display in here can survive in this sheltered vacuum free from outside pressures and debate than can change peoples stances, free from valid and obvious criticism by real people in the world who don't have selective hearing and disregard all other opinions.

Like this nonsense piece that didn't even mention what caused the outrage or mention she effectively banned white people from meetings. Lol at "persecution" in the title.

Fleur
May 29 2015 01:04

Don't you have a war to go fight in or something?

bastarx
May 29 2015 01:10

And this Georgie idiot wants to fight for the PKK? I think you'd be more at home with ISIS dumbarse.

Georgie89
May 29 2015 01:12
Fleur wrote:
Don't you have a war to go fight in or something?

Yeah the one most users here disagree with because actually fighting against people who are selling women into slavery and torturing minorities isn't as important as showing outrage about fictional rapes on TV shows or the plight of first world white women who have to endure billboards showing sexy females.

thanks for reminding me why I gave up on this nonsense as a young politicised worker and why I am feeling no compulsion to stay a second time round.

Tyrion
May 29 2015 01:15

Hey Georgie, if you're going to spew this vomit, could you at least not triple post?

Georgie89
May 29 2015 01:48
bastarx wrote:
And this Georgie idiot wants to fight for the PKK? I think you'd be more at home with ISIS dumbarse.

Yes my support for steamy homosexual erotica, my complete loathing of religion and my opposition to the ownership of women as property would be more at home with ISIS, not the women of the YPJ who are actually fighting for women's rights in the realest way possible, as opposed to Bahar, who is valiantly resisting persecution on the deadliest battlefield known to mankind.

The campus!

You know I hear the guys in Rojava are having a whip around for a supportBahar fund.

wojtek
May 29 2015 02:07
Quote:
I know more people who have become right wing or open to right wing poltiics over the last decade because of a backlash towards the SJW, ultra guilty liberal crusade and double standard all over social media, the media etc. than any other reason. People are sick of it.

i think it says more about the fragility of your associates' beliefs, no need to go full reactionary however tempting.

Georgie89
May 29 2015 02:18
wojtek wrote:
Quote:
I know more people who have become right wing or open to right wing poltiics over the last decade because of a backlash towards the SJW, ultra guilty liberal crusade and double standard all over social media, the media etc. than any other reason. People are sick of it.

i think it says more about the fragility of your associates' beliefs, no need to go full reactionary however tempting.

I have observed this from lots of coworkers, all regular 9 to 5 types, apolitical in general but hostile to the nonsense professional victim brigade. Unless you are claiming the entire british workforce are savage right wing cunts, I think it is a reflection of the alienation brought about by the far left's rhetoric, not the moral fiber of the mum of two I work with who thinks the SJW's of the world should shut the fuck up whining about trivial nonsense, who makes snarky comments when the women's league are on radio1 whining about some bollocks.

Khawaga
May 29 2015 04:30

Should I call the waaaaambulance for you Georgie?

boozemonarchy
May 29 2015 09:33

Anyone else suddenly more excited that the PKK is taking volunteers?

kurekmurek
May 29 2015 10:09

Well I am no expert about contemporary British cultural or political tendencies on women or minorities. So I do not want to speak about it at all. But this remind me about something. Leaving that whole discussion aside, I very much doubt kurdish freedom movement would ever let anyone to criticize a women (or to be threatened) like she is being treated now . See some tweets from Graeber:

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David Graeber ‏@davidgraeber Apr 7 Brent, London
interesting PKK gender principles 1: women can command men in combat but men never allowed to command women
Quote:
David Graeber ‏@davidgraeber Apr 7 Brent, London
interesting PKK gender principles 2: no man can criticize a woman politically in presence of other men, only alone or with only other women