Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump's Immigrant Ban Part of a Long, Sad Tradition

For all of his anti-establishment rhetoric, President Trump’s stance toward immigrants and Muslims is more of the same. Orientalism and Manifest Destiny have long animated American foreign policy and domestic treatment of its racial and religious minorities.  

Trump’s executive orders on Friday, effectively barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries, harks back to an era when holy wars were the currency for mass mobilization by the ruler. 

In the eleventh century, for example, Pope Urban II called on his people to defend the Byzantine Empire from encroaching Muslim armies. What became known as the First Crusade in European history books solidified the image of Muslims as fanatical followers of a false religion and a threat to Christendom. Medieval romances and legends of battles between Christian and Muslim warriors nurtured the perception of a dangerous and violent Islam. 

Over time, the stereotype of the Muslim savage animated the West’s domination, restructuring, and deculturalization of the Middle East. 

British colonists brought with them Orientalism, which coupled with the ideology of Manifest Destiny, was used to justify the conversion or termination of Native Americans, enslavement of Africans, and exploitation of the Chinese. As nonwhite and non-Christian, these groups were deemed biologically inferior.  As such, it was the white man’s burden to teach, civilize, and save them from their savage nature.

-- This is an excerpt of an op-ed I published on FoxNews available here

 

February 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

American Universities Respond to Trump's Executive Order (aka "the Muslim Ban")

Below is a non-exhaustive list of links to formal statements by various American universities pertaining to Trump's Executive Order (also known as "the Muslim Ban") targeting immigrants and nonimmigrants from 7 Muslim-majority countries (Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen).   

 

Association of American Universities  - http://www.aau.edu/news/article.aspx?id=18366 

 

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities - http://www.aplu.org/members/councils/strategic-communications/immigration-actions/

 

Auburn (President & Provost) - http://ocm.auburn.edu/newsroom/news_articles/2017/01/auburn-university-statement-regarding-executive-order-on-immigration.htm

 

Brown (Provost) - https://news.brown.edu/articles/2017/01/immigrationorder

 

California State University (Chancellor)) - http://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/message-from-jane-gatewood-vice-provost-for-global-engagement-on-recent-immigration-news-213242/

 

Catholic University (President) - http://www.cua.edu/news/2017/executive-order-statement.html

 

Columbia (President) - http://news.columbia.edu/content/1559

 

Cornell (President) - http://statements.cornell.edu/2017/20170129-immigration-exec-order.cfm

 

Dartmouth (President & Provost) - http://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2017/01/letter-president-hanlon-and-provost-dever-executive-order-immigration?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=institutional

 

Duke (President & Provost) - https://today.duke.edu/2017/01/message-president-and-provost-federal-immigration-restrictions-updated

 

Georgetown (President) - https://president.georgetown.edu/message-immigration-jan-2017

 

Harvard (President) - http://www.harvard.edu/president/news/2017/we-are-all-harvard

 

Miami - http://miamioh.edu/news/campus-news/2017/01/article.html

 

Michigan (President) - http://www.wmich.edu/president/statement-immigration-executive-order

 

 

Oklahoma (President) - http://www.kjrh.com/sports/college-sports/university-of-oklahoma/university-of-oklahoma-releases-statement-on-trumps-executive-order

 

Penn State (President) - http://news.psu.edu/story/447807/2017/01/29/penn-state-president-shares-message-following-executive-order-immigration

 

Pittsburgh (Chancellor) - http://chancellor.pitt.edu/news-story/chancellor-gallaghers-message-us-immigration-decisions

 

Princeton (President) http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/57/21I82/?section=topstories

 

Texas A&M University (President) - http://president.tamu.edu/messages/response-to-white-house-executive-order-travel-ban.html

 

University of Texas (President) - http://president.utexas.edu/messages/recent-executive-order?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=UTAustinSocial

  

University of Pennsylvania (Provost, Vice President, and Vice Presidents) - https://news.upenn.edu/news/messages-about-executive-order-immigration

 

University of Massachusetts (Chancellor) - https://www.umass.edu/gateway/federal-actions

 

University of Virginia (Faculty Senate) - http://facultysenate.virginia.edu/faculty-senate-general-faculty-council-statement-immigration-executive-order

 

University of California (President and Chancellors) - https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/statement-uc-president-janet-napolitano-and-chancellors-about-recent-executive-order

 

University of Georgia (President) - http://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/breaking-university-issues-statement-on-trump-s-executive-order/article_8cf41dde-e6f4-11e6-a5ba-1fdd9c60d323.html

 

University of Houston (President) - http://www.uh.edu/president/communications/communicae/houston-community/013017travel-ban/index

 

University of Arkansas (President) - http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/university-of-arkansas-releases-statement-on-trumps-executive-order/647303966

 

University of Connecticut (President & Provost) -

 
 
 
   
 
If there are statements not listed above, please send them to saziz@law.tamu.edu

 

 

February 7, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)