This college professor was just suspended after showing solidarity with Muslim students
Today the suspension of a tenured political science professor at Wheaton College is making headlines, all because of a statement of solidarity she made with Muslim women on Facebook.
Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who is Christian and has been a professor at the evangelical Christian school for the past eight years, recently took to Facebook to post a picture of herself wearing a hijab with a caption explaining that she is in support of her Muslim neighbors and “stand[s] in religious solidarity. . . because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
In her post, she explained that she will be wearing the hijab as “embodied solidarity” to work and outside of work — including at church. She also invited other women to do the same, adding that she sought the advice of the Council on American Islamic Relations to ensure that her actions would not be considered patronizing or offensive to Muslims. ” I was assured by my friends at CAIR-Chicago that they welcomed the gesture,” Dr. Hawkins wrote. “So please do not fear joining this embodied narrative of actual as opposed to theoretical unity; human solidarity as opposed to mere nationalistic, sentimentality.”