A Student Was Accused of Being a Terrorist for Reading a Book About How to Counter Terrorism

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Just imagine working on a project for class in a school library, only to be accused of being a 'terrorist' because your researching 'counter-terrorism'. As if the kid who got arrested for being Muslim and bringing a homemade clock to school wasn't bad, its getting worse day by day in other case scenarios.

Mohammed Umar Farooq, a student taking on a global security master's degree at Staffordshire Universitywas pulled to the side and drilled by University authorities, after being spotted reading a book titled "Terrorism Studies" in the school public library. This isn't a new incident though. This happened back in March of 2015. The only reason it's on the forefront now is because of the University's public apologies to him. Their apology was rooted in the fact that the school authority that confronted him on the issue was a "brand new" employee with only a few hours of training under his belt.

"We have apologized to Mr. Farooq and are in dialogue with him on how we can support him to continue his studies with us. In light of recent legislation, we are ensuring all staff at the university have the right guidance and training." said one of the Spokesmen of the institution.

The real question at hand is simply put - does every middle eastern Muslim have to be stereotyped as a "terrorist" in American society? There's no difference to this question, as if the stereotypes are true that all blacks are bad news and trouble. The answer in my opinion is NO. Assuming makes ass'es out of people. Presuming is even worse. YES, we all know that middle eastern Islamic have a sector of "radicals", but that doesn't mean that all of them are gonna blow some shit up.

What do you feel about the University's apology? Good enough or not enough. You be the judge.

Source:Vice