Students in George Washington University’s Young Americans Foundation (YAF) say they have been framed after someone or some group hung Islamophobic and racist posters with the organization’s name on them around campus Friday.
Members of YAF — a conservative group that seeks to educate students about freedom, national defense, and free markets — said the posters depicted the typical features of an Arab terrorist, including a hidden AK-47 and suicide vest, according to the Washington Examiner.
“On Friday, members of GW YAF were made aware of an Islamophobic poster hung around various campus locations, with our organization’s name on these posters,” the GW’s YAF chapter said in a statement. “GW YAF is not affiliated with these posters in any way, shape, or form, and we are disgruntled by their contents. Targeting a religion and attempting to defame another organization in doing so is childish, revolting, and distasteful.” YAF spokesman Spencer Brown also posted a photo of the flier on YAF’s website.
“GW YAF has been targeted with repeated acts of harassment, vandalism, and indecency for years, simply for being conservative,” YAF said. “We are calling on GW to fully investigate these posters, and finally take a stand for conservative students who are continually the targets of acts of harassment, vandalism, and defamation from liberal students.” Brown said a similar ploy was attempted in 2007 but that the perpetrators were found.
The university said the fliers were removed, and the GW Police Department has launched an investigation to determine what might have happened.
“The University does not tolerate actions that make any member of the GW community feel unsafe. We expect that all our students, no matter what opinions they hold, will conduct themselves in the spirit of mutual respect that has long been a hallmark of this university,” officials wrote in the statement according to the GW Hatchet.
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