Wednesday, October 4, 2023

CUNY Commencement Speaker Calls Law ‘White Supremacy,’ Endorses ‘Revolution’

'No longer are we going to capitulate to oppressors. We will no longer put our hope in their depraved consciousness...'

(Abdul–Rahman Oladimeji Bello, Headline USA) The City University of New York Law School’s commencement featured an address from a graduating speaker who condemned the law as “a manifestation of white supremacy,” Fox News reported

The commencement speaker, future lawyer Fatima Mousa Mohammed, was selected by the class of 2023 to deliver the address at the ceremony.

“I come to you all from the rich soil of Yemen, raised by the humble streets of Queens,” she said.

“I chose CUNY School of Law for its articulated mission [as one of the] few legal institutions… to recognize that the law is a manifestation of white supremacy that continues to oppress and suppress people in this nation and around the world,” she added.

Appearing to reject the institutional norms of democracy, Mohammed, an outspoken Islamic activist, called for a revolution to challenge oppressive institutions in the United States.

“No one person will save the world. No single movement will liberate the masses,” she said.

“Those who brought the ferocity of the violence, those who carry the revolution, the people, the masses, those who brought the ferocity of the violence, those who need our protection—they will carry this revolution,” she added.

She named institutions including the military, the police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. prison system as some of the oppressive ones. 

 “No longer are we going to capitulate to oppressors,” she vowed. “We will no longer put our hope in their depraved consciousness.”

Mohammed also rattled off a litany of leftist boogeymen, scapegoats, buzzwords and anti-Semitic dog-whistles as possible targets for the future revolution.

“The joy and excitement that fills the auditorium… may it be the fuel for the fight against capitalism, racism, imperialism and Zionism around the world.”

CUNY initially hid the speech and took it down from YouTube. However, the school eventually released the video following outcry from Muslim activist groups including the Council on American–Islamic Relations, who accused them of silencing a pro-Palestinian voice. 

The school released a statement appearing to distance itself from the inflammatory remarks.

“Student speakers… offered congratulatory remarks and their own individual perspectives on advocating for social justice,” it said. “As with all such commencement remarks, they reflect the voices of those individuals.” 

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