Here is another troubling example of how some supporters of Hillary Clinton regard dissenting views from fellow citizens as proof of malign character…and then seek to hurt them.
III. An NYU Student and the New York Times
“I’m a Muslim, But My Roommate Supports Trump,” writes NYU student Romaissaa Benzizoune in The New York Times. She begins,
When she outed herself to me as a Trump supporter, I realized I had finally found the “silent majority.” I looked at her, this suddenly strange girl who sleeps a few feet away from me, my college roommate. The silent majority has seen me put on my head scarf in the morning and take it off at night. The silent majority has touched my face, done my makeup, watches “Gilmore Girls” religiously. The silent majority occasionally enjoys sliced mango before bed.
We fought; I packed. This was Tuesday evening, so I headed to my friend’s dorm, where a small group of us, mainly black women, tried to find solace in one another as the country slowly fell to red. I tried and failed to speak, to write. I ignored my roommate’s lengthy texts.
Did she really expect me to respect her choice when her choice undermined my presence in this country, in this university, in my very own dorm room? Did she really expect me to shake her hand for supporting a candidate who would love to bar my relatives from this country, who has considered making people of my faith register in a specific database and carry special ID, Holocaust-style?
I’m not sure what she expected, but I’m certain the writer’s room mate assumed that her room mate wouldn’t write an article for the New York Times that did everything but mention her name, and intentionally made her a target of hate and harassment from fellow students, possibly faculty, and anti-Trump wackos who have been caught on video beating up Trump supporters.
What a terrible friend Benzizoune is; intolerant and cruel. The room mate isn’t the one who deserves criticism. She is the victim; she was betrayed by someone she thought she could trust, and whose friendship she thought was deeper than a political opinion. It is also irresponsible for the New York Times editors to allow the writer to finger her roommate on a famously liberal campus as someone to be reviled, after the room mate confided in her, wrongly thinking that her “friend” could be trusted not to use her candor against her. The writer’s name and school should not have been included in the article. Its purpose didn’t require that information, unless, of course, the objective was partly to punish Benzizoune’s “friend” for daring to support a Republican.
Since the obvious threat to the room mate was obvious, I have to wonder what the Times’ thinking was to allow this. It seems as irresponsible and the Muslim student’s article was vindictive.
Pointer: Ann Althouse