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There are times when you read something and have a bunch of one-liners and witty comments just waiting to explode from your fingertips. This isn’t one of those times. The following is a letter to the editor regarding a military plane flyover at Saturday’s University of Illinois football game and the chanting of “USA” by some students. Nothing I could add to this can enhance its hilarity.

The vast majority of 9/11 observances in this country cannot be seen as politically neutral events. Implicit in their nature are the notions that lives lost at the World Trade Center are more valuable than lives lost in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere; that the motives of the 9/11 attackers had nothing to do with genuine grievances in the Islamic world regarding American imperialism; and that the U.S. has been justified in the subsequent killing of hundreds of thousands in so-called retaliation.

The observance at Saturday’s football game was no different. A moment of silence was followed by a military airplane flyover; in between, Block-I students chanted “USA, USA.” This was neither patriotism nor remembrance in any justifiable sense, but politicization, militarism, propaganda and bellicosity. The University is a public institution that encompasses the political views of all, not just the most (falsely) “patriotic.” Athletic planners should cease such exploitation for political purposes. They might at least consider how most Muslim students, American or otherwise, would respond to this nativist display; or better, Muslims and others that live their lives under the threat of our planes, drones and soldiers.

The overwhelmingly white, privileged, Block-I students should be ashamed of their obnoxious, fake-macho, chicken-hawk chant, while poverty-drafted members of their cohort fight and die in illegal and immoral wars for the control of oil. University administrators need to eliminate from all events such “patriotic” observances, which in this country cannot be separated from implicit justifications for state-sponsored killing.

David Green,

University Academic Professional

At first I figured this was a tenured professor. Someone else commented that “University Academic Professional” translates into “I work part time in the library.” Who’s right? Who cares. If this letter is legit and not some sort of prank, the guy’s a shitdick.

Actually, I’m still taken aback that a bunch of COLLEGE STUDENTS broke out into a “USA” chant.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

September 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Posted in News

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