Bahar Mustafa, a “welfare and diversity” officer at Goldsmiths, University of London, is facing “malicious communications” charges for allegedly posting “kill all white men” on a social media outlet.
There are two specific charges against her — “one of sending a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May this year, and one of sending a menacing or offensive message via a public network, between the same dates.”
She will appear in court on November 5.
Ms. Mustafa became the focus of national media attention after posting the message requesting white people do not attend the event for black and ethnic minority women last month.
She defended herself in an online video, describing the criticism she faced as an “outrageous distortion of fact”.
Ms Mustafa explained that she could not be guilty of sexism or racism against white men “because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”
But she said her use of the term “white trash” – an offensive American term referring to poor white people following the Great Depression – on an official account had been “not professional”.
That was big of her. But nothing like being hoisted by one’s own petard, eh?
Mustafa claims she has received “racist and sexist abuse” along with death threats due to the media reports of her “controversies.”