As a student at the University of Maryland, I was horrified when I found out that a noose had been hung on my campus [“Racial Incident Leads to Dialogue at U-Md.,” Metro, Sept. 14]. Hateful, anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on bathroom walls at Columbia University, and the discovery of swastikas and racist slurs on dormitory doors at George Washington University [Metro, Nov. 5] remind us of the uncomfortable reality that racial and religious prejudice still exist.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” Echoing that noble sentiment, it is imperative that we as a society help reclaim the teachings of peace and compassion from the intolerance and injustice that are all too prevalent today.
In that spirit of cooperation, the Muslim Students Association National has launched a “Peace . . . Not Prejudice” program aimed at furthering dialogue on campuses across the country. Students will hold discussions of the true teachings of Islam and the significant contributions of Muslims to modern society. This fall, more than 100 U.S. college campuses will host a “Peace . . . Not Prejudice” program. . .
The writer is a recent graduate of Georgetown University and is the second female president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National, the largest Muslim student group in North America.