How Does It Feel To Be a Victim? Ask Prof. Bayoumi
In a Campus Watch-sponsored article posted today at Frontpage Magazine, Berkeley resident Rima Greene and I write about a recent talk at UC Berkeley by Brooklyn College's Moustafa Bayoumi. It begins like so:
Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, gave a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) last month titled, "How Does It Feel To Be a Problem: Why Arabs and Muslim Americans Are at the Heart of Today's Culture Wars."
Bayoumi is the editor of How Does it Feel To Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America, a collection of biographical stories about young, Brooklyn-based Arab-Americans that the CMES website describes, among other things, as "a catalog of mistreatment and discrimination."
Baymoui's narrative of Arab victimhood extends beyond America's borders—he is also the editor of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How it Changed the Course of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict, as well as co-editor of The Edward Said Reader; victimization has long been a staple of his academic career.
Update: For a detailed analysis of the numerous errors and distortions in Bayoumi's book, read Robert Cherry (a professor of economics at Brooklyn College)'s "Sound and Fury---The Bayoumi Uproar" at MindingtheCampus.com.