Police have launched an investigation into the controversial students’ union diversity officer who tweeted ‘kill all white men’.
Bahar Mustafa of Goldsmiths, University of London sparked a race row after telling white men not to attend an event on diversity in the curriculum. Amid increased scrutiny, she insisted she had done nothing wrong before tweeting with the hashtag #killallwhitemen.
She defended her tweet by saying that minority women cannot be racist or sexist.
However, the Evening Standard reports that Scotland Yard are now investigating allegations about her post. A spokesman said: “Police received a complaint on 7 May about a racially motivated malicious communication that had been made on a social media account. There have been no arrests and enquiries are continuing.”
Goldsmiths has also distanced itself from her, saying she is “not an employee of the university and is not a student.” The college added: ” We are treating all concerns with sensitivity and with the utmost urgency.
“The Students’ Union is independent of Goldsmiths, University of London. It is run by student officials elected by union members.
“Both the University and the Students’ Union are committed to fighting all forms of oppression, including racism, sexism and any other form of bigotry.”
Students are gathering signatures for a petition to call a vote of no confidence in Mustafa, but if a vote is called they will need a two-thirds majority to remove her. In response, she admitted the use of the term “white trash” on an official Twitter account was “not professional”, but defended the #killallwhitemen hashtag and similar posts, saying they were “in-jokes and ways that many people in the queer feminist community express ourselves”.
“It’s a way of reclaiming the power from the trauma many of us experience as queers, women, people of colour, who are on the receiving end of racism, misogyny and homophobia daily.”