The Santiago Community College District near Los Angeles has launched a formal investigation into comments made about Muslims during a lecture, reports CBS LA.
Accusations of Islamphobia surfaced after someone forwarded a video of a virtual class held by Jamie McDonough last spring at Santa Ana College.
“My reaction was one of disbelief that this was happening on a college campus in Southern California,” said Dina Chehata, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Los Angeles.
She said McDonough depicted Muslim men as misogynistic but women as passive.
“The husband can cheat and have mistresses but the wife must never step out on the husband. Do you know they still stone women to death,” the professor can be heard saying in the video.
“The offensive tropes used by Professor McDonough can have a deep, negative impact on Muslim students and on the view non-Muslim students have of their Muslim peers,” Chehata said to My News LA. “Professor McDonough’s misrepresentations of Muslims being a barbaric, misogynistic monolith, without nuance or humanity, can impact Muslim students’ mental and physical health.”
The district says it immediately launched an investigation after learning of the comments.
“District and college leadership in no way condones the statement that was made. The statement does not reflect the mission and values of the district and does not uphold our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
The investigation is expected to take three months.
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