Gupta and Ramachandran Publish Letter to the Editor Critiquing Islamophobia

WGS Core Faculty Members Kristina Gupta and Tanisha Ramachandran have co-written a letter to the editor responding to an Op-ed published in the Washington Blade by WGS Core Faculty Member Shannon Gilreath titled, “Europe’s Islam problem and U.S immigration policy.”

The response by Gupta and Ramachandran includes the following statements:

“Yet, major religions, like Islam, are not monolithic entities. All major religions have produced terrorists and have been used to justify anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-women policies. And yet, all major religions have also produced peace activists and supporters of LGBTQ+ and women’s rights. The causes of “Islamic” terrorism and opposition to LGBTQ+ and women’s rights in some Muslim communities are complex, and include social, economic and political factors and the history of Western colonialism.

Engaging in the religious profiling of Muslims makes no sense and is contrary to our values. In addition, equating Islam with terrorism, sexism and homophobia contributes to the harmful vilification of Muslims and people perceived to be Muslim, who already face high levels of discrimination.”

“The gay rights movement has historically excluded the concerns of people of color and women. Feminism also has a history of excluding women of color and of attempting to “rescue brown women from brown men.” Feminists and queer people of color have worked hard to make the gay rights and feminist movements more inclusive and more attentive to class, racial and religious differences. We are committed to continuing this work of supporting intersectional queer and feminist scholarship and activism.

We want students, faculty and staff to know that regardless of their race, sexuality, gender identity, or religion they are welcome in WGS and at Wake Forest. We stand with the Intercultural, LGBTQ+ and Women’s Centers in rejecting Islamophobia and affirming our support for the Muslim members of our community.”