How Does it Feel To Be a Victim? Ask Prof. Bayoumi

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Seeking to interview members of the community for his book, Bayoumi “was concerned about [appearing to be] a suspicious questioner” because, he explained, “it was around the time of the Times Square bomber.” Tapping into his inner conspiracy theorist, he then added, “. . . which was a fake, by the way.” He provided no evidence for this outlandish claim, nor did his audience request it.

Bayoumi brought up the Texas State Board of Education’s resolution last year curtailing pro-Islamic, anti-Christian bias in new social studies textbooks:

The Texas revolution [sic] is another attempt to create controversy where really there is none. It’s contrived to give the idea that Islam is on the ideological march in the country. It bears little relation to reality. Those who point this out are accused of political correctness, of being duped, liberal, ideological warriors of political correctness.

He scoffed at “allegations of Arab investors taking over the American [textbook] publishing industry,” while his audience tittered. They were only too happy to mock such notions, despite significant evidence of these worrisome trends.

Bayoumi moved on to another favorite target of the Islamophobia-phobes, Middle East forum director Daniel Pipes. Selectively quoting from Pipes’s article on Brooklyn’s controversial Khalil Gibran International Academy, “A Madrasa Grows in Brooklyn,” Bayoumi stated:

Daniel Pipes wrote that ‘Arabic-language instruction is inevitably laden with Pan-Arabist and Islamist baggage.’

Predictably, he neglected to cite any of the examples that Pipes used to buttress this statement.

Bayoumi continued:

What is going on here? As soon as Muslims like myself are on the cusp of entering the mainstream fully, we are hit with a wave of opposition attempting to render us or our work invisible. . . . The trick is simply to attach the word ‘radical’ in front of a Muslim name, and, like a magician, make the actual person disappear in a cloud of suspicion.

Then he joked, “If you happen to be the president of the United States, ‘First Muslim’ will suffice,” to which the audience chuckled knowingly.

During the question and answer period, an audience member—perhaps referring, however inaccurately, to Pipes’s 2001 quote, “I worry very much, from the Jewish point of view, that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims, because they are so much led by an Islamist leadership, that this will present true dangers to American Jews”—asked:

Daniel Pipes says he fears Muslim expansion in America from the Jewish point of view. How much are these cultural wars intertwined with the fear among a segment of the pro-Israel, rightwing alliance of wanting to maintain a reflexive fear of Arabs and Muslims?

Bayoumi responded with a torrent of insults, buzz words, and generalizations:

There’s a nexus, and a major part is the Israel conflict. Pipes, David Horowitz—it all has to do with the production of Islamophobia. [It’s a] pro-Israel right wing attack; it’s a continuation of the rightwing, Christian attack on liberal education; a culture wars place where they’ve all arrived at that junction.

In response to an audience member’s question regarding the upcoming hearings on radical Islam in the U.S. convened by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY), Bayoumi concluded that, “It’s part of the paranoia of today.”

Expanding on this theme, he then read aloud an oft-repeated quote from Richard Hofstadter’s 1964 essay, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, about the alleged paranoia and bigotry of the “modern right-wing,” which, he claimed, “you can hear in 2011.” Bayoumi has apparently bought into Hofstadter’s always dubious and now thoroughly discredited equation of conservatism with mental illness.

Moreover, chalking up the rational fears of the American public in a post-9/11 world to paranoia displays contempt and willful blindness. Such attitudes only allow apologists to delay indefinitely much-needed theological and cultural reforms within Muslim and Arab communities.

Bayoumi seems oblivious to the religious, economic, and cultural freedom that the U.S. offers. If America is such an intolerant, discriminatory country, why do countless Arabs and Muslims keep immigrating to its shores? According to statistics compiled by the Department of Homeland Security and the Census Bureau and cited by the New York Times, more people from Muslim countries became legal permanent U.S. residents in 2005 than in any year in the previous two decades. In addition, a 2007 Pew survey found that Muslim Americans, including many Arabs, are equally, if not better, educated and more affluent than the national average.

Instead of proclaiming a culture of victimhood, Bayoumi might acknowledge this encouraging reality. He could start by turning his book into a series and titling a forthcoming volume, How Does It Feel to be a Fabulous Success? Being Young and Arab in America.

Berkeley resident Rima Greene co-wrote this article with Cinnamon Stillwell, the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org.

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  • Supreme_Galooty

    The Supreme Galooty invites Monsieur Bayoumi to accompany him for one day's travel amidst the bourgeoisie of this ordinary world and THEN comment on the relative depravity of the Jews vis a vis the so called "Palestinians." While the Supreme Galooty is totally convinced that there MUST be actual humans hidden about, here and there, amidst those Arabs who are ignorant enough to call themselves "Palestinians," he marvels at their innability to come forward and identify themselves – except as mere poseurs.

    • His Student

      Prof. Bayoumi is actually a very nice man FROM FREAKIN' CANADA who is currently teaching a Postmodernism / Contemporary Lit class focused on post-9/11 literature. I think you should read his book before wanting to condemn it. As the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover and certainly don't talk in third person like an idiot.

  • kafir4life

    The muslim victimhood industry is alive and well. CHA CHING!

  • Winghunter

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  • xtb3

    All muslim immigration must be immediately halted. They and their purposeful overbreeding must be cleansed out of every single western country. It happened before in Spain and Europe it must be done again now or in 100 years our descendants will be sub-humans licking sti8nking muslim's feet. Deport every one of them NOW!

    • Anonymous

      What you're proposing now is what Hitler proposed decades ago about the Jews, all for "justified reasons". You really want to be that guy? Those that want to come here to create a new life and to join our society and escape the problems over there should be able to. I have a bunch of friends at a prestigious engineering school, and almost all of them are Muslims / Asians. To deny them of coming here and of education is basically denying yourself of a future. I'm not saying let them all in, but give them the same chance every other immigrant gets.

      • xtb3

        sgt. hassan guns down innocent soldiers in texas, tv producer beheads his wife in ny, iraq who got into this country runs over daughter in honor murder, taxi drivers in minn refuse to take infidels who have bought duty free liquor bottles or blind infidels who have a seeing eye dog, bus driver stops bus in middle of day and prays for 10 minutes, muslim prayer rooms in university – etc etc etc – give them the same rights they give christians, hindus, jews, buddhists and atheists in their country or send everyone of them back because their ways dont belong here. here where people can live together. btw – hitler tried to exterminate the jewish race – the exact same thing muslims are trying right now. that is how a muslim p-iece of sheit stabs a 3 month old baby to death. years of brain washing of that toilet paper mein kampf of theirs although mohammy probably never used toilet paper the pedophile he was.

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  • BLJ

    I have a better title:

    "How Does It Feel To Be A Camel Jockey?"

    Go peddle this crap somewhere else "Professor".

    • A student

      He's a distinguished professor who is the nicest person and he's from Canada. I think he wrote this book because he's one of the few people out there who have a dooming last name and color skin and because this, he has to be treated like a terrorist when he's really an educated person who is all about open debates and dialogue and is calmer and nicer than anyone on this forum. Have you even read his book? Do you know what it's about or are you just one of those morons that judges a book by its cover?

  • lanastaslem1

    After 9-11, I accepted the invitation to learn more about Islam. I ordered a Koran. I now understand why women are treated the way they are in "Islamic Republics." The most horrific violence against Muslims in the U.S. since 9-11 has been committed by other Muslims. See "honor killings…"

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  • Tyler

    Not sure why I should expect anything different from you, Mr. Horowitz, but this is just a long string of inflammatory statements and convenient false dichotomies. Congratulations!

    I will also congratulate you on the timeliness of this article.

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  • moravecglobal

    University of California Berkeley students are victims of theUniversity of California senior management. Just how widespread is the budget crisis at University of California Berkeley? University of California Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s ($500,000 salary) eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.
    Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.
    Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) engaged some expensive ($7.2 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

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