The “Welfare and Diversity” officer for Goldsmiths University Student Union (SU), who made national headlines earlier in the year for banning white men from public events and tweeting “#killallwhitemen”, has been summoned to court.
According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police released this afternoon:
“A woman interviewed under caution regarding a complaint of racially motivated malicious communication made on a social media network has been summonsed to court.”
Bahar Mustafa, 27, will appear at Bromley Magistrates Court “regarding a complaint of racially motivated malicious communication made of a social network” to answer the charges of:
“Sending letter / communication / article conveying a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015.
“Sending by public communication network an offensive / indecent / obscene / menacing message / matter between 10 November 2014 and 31 May 2015.”
It is likely that she will be charged under section 127 of the Communications Act of 2003, which pertains to communication on a public network.
In May, on a Facebook post promoting an event about diversity and discrimination in higher education, she allegedly wrote:
“Invite loads of BME Women and non-binary people!! Also, if you’ve been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME just cos I invited a bunch of people and hope you will be responsible enough to respect this is a BME Women and non-binary event only.”
She also wrote, “OMG… Kill them all. What’s wrong with white people?” and “#killallwhitemen” on Facebook.
She claimed in a speech given in the SU, after the controversy erupted, that:
“I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender.
“Therefore, women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”
She kept her job in the SU after a petition calling for her to be removed from her position failed later in May. Goldsmiths SU said the petition has failed after only 1.9 per cent of its 8,000 members signed it.