George Washington University: Police Investigate Posters Lampooning Conservative Student Group
In September of 2017, police at George Washington University launched an investigation into posters lampooning — and purporting to promote an event the group had conducted a decade earlier — a conservative student organization. The posters satirized the group’s criticism of Islam, suggesting that the organization hates Muslims and depicted a “typical Muslim” as having lasers emanating from their eyes and a “peg-leg for smuggling children and heroin.” On September 12, 2017, FIRE wrote to the university calling for an end to the investigation into the anonymous satirist.
September 13, 2017
Police at George Washington University are reportedly scrutinizing security camera footage to identify the culprits behind posters clearly satirizing a conservative student organization — the second time the university’s authorities have investigated the same poster in ten years. Yesterday, we wrote to the university calling on them to abandon the investigation. The GW Hatchet reports: Islamophobic fliers designed to look like they were posted by GW’s Young America’s Foundation were discovered on campus Friday, according to the student group. The posters made it appear as if YAF was hosting an “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” with the heading “Hate Muslims? So do […]» Read More