In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a number of incendiary, outrageous, and false comments about Islam and Muslims both nationally and globally, going so far as to call for a ban on all travel by Muslims to the United States. Such racist and xenophobic comments harm individuals and communities, both at Vassar and beyond. As a program that seeks to uncover the matrices of oppression and to uphold the values of social justice, we, the undersigned members of Women’s Studies, would like to affirm that religious prejudice has no place in our community. We offer our support to Muslim students, faculty, and staff who are undoubtedly affected by the suspicion and hostility being expressed in the wake of Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric. We call upon everyone at Vassar to speak out against Islamophobia in all its manifestations.
Silke vonder Emde
Pei Pei Qiu