Sadly, not all of us will be mourning the victims of 9/11 and their families on the upcoming 16th anniversary of the attacks. Some college students will instead be encouraged to sympathize with terrorists.
Such is the case at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where students taking Professor Neel Ahuja’s English course, “Literature of 9/11,” will be served up a heavy dose of anti-Americanism. According to critics, this class does nothing more than push the ignorant notion that we deserved 9/11 as punishment for our “imperialism” (via Fox News).
The idea that America is somehow to blame for 9/11 isn’t a new one, but it was mostly kept to the fringes of faux-documentaries by liberals like Michael Moore. This is now no longer the case, as it seems parents sending their kids to UNC-Chapel Hill could literally be paying for political propaganda.
In a statement, the university went on defense, explaining that “part of the college experience is the opportunity to grow by learning about yourself and how you engage with and learn from those who have different points of view.” This is certainly true, but perhaps not of Prof. Ahuja’s class.
In fact, according to a review by The College Fix, the coursework appears to exclusively promote one point-of-view. They discovered that not a single reading assignment showed the perspective of 9/11’s victims, while there was plenty of room for titles like “Poems from Guantanamo: Detainees Speak”.
Not all students are happy with the professor’s tactics, either. In an online forum, one person, presumably a student, commented, “Portray yourself as a socialist who views USA as a horrible imperialist country squashing other countries- support illegal immigration and radical islam. Then you will get a easy A.” This was just one comment of many that quested the professor teaching style.
A look into the writings of Prof. Ahuja himself only seem to further confirm critics’ skepticism. His academic paper, “Abu Zubaydah and the Caterpillar,” firmly takes the side of Zubaydah — a detainee at Guantanamo Bay — and faults “U.S. imperialism” for the terrorist’s imprisonment. It shouldn’t be any surprise, then, that he’s teaching a class to push this narrative on students.
From a worldview standpoint, it’s unfathomable to think that anyone could sympathize with a terrorist over innocent people. The nearly 3,000 souls who lost their lives on that brisk September morning deserve a place of honor, and the attack itself should remind us daily that the world is dangerous. There are forces out there that only want one thing: Domination. Liberals like Prof. Ahuja would be wise to reflect upon this.
Getting back to the original point, however, the question about his literature class still remains. As things considered, how is the course not biased? One cannot simply take professor for his word – as he will just deny these allegations. But it would appear that his intentions are quite clear.
Unfortunately, the course, which is promoted as a way to learn different perspectives, leaves out the voices and experiences of 9/11 victims and their families. The irony here may be lost on UNC and Prof. Ahuja, but it isn’t lost on the rest of us.