Rutgers University professor sparks outrage after saying U.S. is ‘MORE brutal’ than ISIS… and it’s not her first bizarre rant
Deepa Kumar’s controversial tweet on March 26 was picked up this week
Rutgers University professor says: ‘Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so’
She emphasizes that U.S. invasions in Middle East have killed 1.3million
Does not refer to murderous acts regularly carried out by ISIS terrorists
Kumar’s ‘ludicrous’ tweet has angered terrorism experts and public alike
Educator has formerly encouraged use of racial slurs against white men and called advocate against female genital mutilation an ‘islamophobe’
A Rutgers University professor has sparked outrage after declaring that the United States is ‘more brutal’ than the Islamic State because its invasions of the Middle East have killed 1.3million people.
In a Twitter post, Deepa Kumar, associate professor of journalism and media studies, wrote: ‘Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so, 1.3 million killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan #NoToWar.’
ISIS, which has massacred thousands of people worldwide, regularly posts videos online of its militants sadistically rounding up terrified victims and carrying out mass beheadings or shootings.
Meanwhile, the deaths resulting from U.S.-led invasions were civilian casualties. There is also debate over whether the reported civilian death toll – based on a study of 1,499 Iraqis – is accurate.
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Controversial: In a Twitter post, Kumar, associate professor of journalism and media studies, told her 2,500 followers: ‘Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so, 1.3 million killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan #NoToWar’
Kumar’s tweet, which was posted on March 26 and highlighted this week by SoCawlege.com, has angered terrorism experts and the public alike, with some deeming her comments ‘ludicrous’.
‘I feel bad for Deepa Kumar’s students at Rutgers… Only a complete ideologue could claim the United States is more brutal than Islamic State,’ Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University who specializes in the study of terrorism, told Fox News on Friday.
‘Our government isn’t in the habit of rounding up thousands of young girls to have them raped dozens of times… or throwing homosexuals off rooftops,’ he added, referring to recent videos released by ISIS, which include crowds gathering around to watch gay men hurled off buildings.
Twitter user Lori Hendry also criticized Kumar, writing: ‘Professor Deepa Kumar thinks Americans are worse than ISIS. She needs to go live with ISIS then see if she still says that! #loser.’
Another user agreed that the professor should ‘go and live’ with the extremist group, which now has control over territory occupied by more than ten million people, predominantly in Iraq and Syria.
And one said that Kumar was the perfect example of a ‘broken education system’.
Other people emphasized that America’s actions in the Middle East have saved millions of lives.
However, some Twitter users expressed support for Kumar, saying she has a right to speak freely and was justified in condemning the U.S. for civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It is not the first time Kumar – who is also the author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization – has launched a bizarre rant on social media.
The educator encouraged the use of racial slurs against white men in a Facebook post last year.
‘Okay, I’m sold on using the term “douchebag” to describe rich, white entitled males and their misogynistic, racist behavior!’, she wrote in the post, which included a link to a Medium.com article.
‘Yes, this piece has flaws in that it is individualistic in its focus and offers no critique of the system of capitalism, the structural roots of racism, sexism and homophobia, but it sure is a fun read.’
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