News of Osama bin Laden’s death sparked a broad array of reactions on campus here at the University of Chicago. I’m proud to say that our Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) reacted in the most professional and mature way. Instead of cheering the American forces responsible for bin Laden’s death (and millions of other Afghanis, Pakistanis, and Iraqis), proving our “American-ness” by chanting USA! USA! all throughout the night, or pretending as if bin Laden’s elimination solves the world’s problems, SJP put together an informal yet provocative discussion on the implications of bin Laden’s death in the Middle East, specifically in Palestine.
The best part about all of this is that the campus community recognizes SJP for its progressive, articulate, and effective strategy. The University of Chicago’s campus newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, highlighted SJP’s efforts in an article published today. This is particularly exciting given the fact that the Maroon has historically characterized SJP as a rogue student group. Albeit mentioned in brief, this is what the Maroon had to say about SJP:
Instead of partying, the RSO Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) adjusted their monthly open meeting to talk about the future of Middle Eastern politics in a post-bin Laden world.
Read the full article here: Bin Laden’s death met with fanfare, sobriety at U of C