The theme for the Muslim Student Union's annual hate Israel week this year is, "The Struggle has no borders." Today, it should have read, "The Self Pity Has no Borders". Like Monday, there was no scheduled speaker. Today, some MSU students took turns at the mic expressing their rage at Israel, the university, and several other complaints. Since they were students, I (as a UCI teacher) chose not to videotape them. I won't bother to name them either. As all week, there was an audience of about 40 or so people mostly MSU members.
Suffice to say that their talks (or poems) were filled with anger, victimization, blame, and self pity. A couple of students berated the university for "discriminating" against them. A couple of non-Muslims spoke, one a young lady from the Black Student Union, who related her own issues to the Palestinian struggle. A young Hispanic guy who claimed to be a former UCI student and "undocumented" read a poem about the "Irvine 11".
Ah wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah."
You see, it all ties in; Israel, the Palestinians, university discrimination against the MSU, civil rights in America, and on and on.
What I saw and heard today was a series of victims. No doubt many if not all of these young people have had it drummed into their heads by their professors that they are victims. The sad part of it is that if one goes through life feeling like a victim, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Tonight, hate week mercifully fizzles out with a couple of professors speaking.
"Ah wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah."