Not just rape: UA student's video mocks Muslims on campus
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's hatred spewing from one student towards the world's 2nd largest faith.
"It's just very offensive the things he says," said Muslim student Nadia Badri.
Muslim students on campus know Dean Saxton's hate-filled rhetoric well. And after his "you deserve rape" poster protest caught on video, the world has no seen it too. But the Muslim community says they've been his target for a while.
"It's really bad when people say oh what do you have in your hair, are those bombs or something?" said Muslim student Basma Alsaadi. "I'm just a normal student. I'm a normal person."
Saxton says he can say what he want because it's free speech. But 9OYS has learned he may have crossed a line. There are reports Saxton spit on a woman wearing a hijab.
"In our culture, it's known if you spit at someone, it's one of the lowest things you can do to someone," said Badri.
In light of the recent terror attack in Boston, a backlash against Islam is on Muslim's minds. It's why they say Saxton's comments need to be taken seriously.
"At the end of the day people might take them the wrong way, he [Saxton] may be passing the wrong message to people who might act on it," said Keamel Didian, with Tucson's Islamic Center.
If you see or hear hate-filled speech report it to law enforcement. Soon there will another resource here in the City of Tucson. It is re-establishing the Southern Arizona Hate Crime Task Force, the same one put in place here after September 11th, 2001.
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