When a senior at Brandeis University saw one of his student leaders tweeting that she had “no sympathy” for the murdered NYPD officers, he publicized it — and now people are calling him a racist and threatening to kill him.
“i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today,” Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an undergraduate department representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department tweeted, according to a Truth Revolt article written by Daniel Mael.
The article included other disturbing things Lynch has posted on her Twitter recently, such as: “lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist f[***]ing country,” “what the f[***] even IS non-violence,” “the fact that black people have not burned this country down is beyond me,” and “I am in riot mode. F[***] this f[***]ing country.”
Lynch’s account was public at the time Mael wrote the article — meaning he was just pointing out what she herself had already published — but that didn’t stop Internet commenters from barraging him with death threats, according to a Change.org petition in his defense.
But Mael is not the only one with Change.org defenders. Believe it or not, there is actually also a “Stand in Support of Khadijah Lynch” petition. Yes, seriously. And it has more than 1,000 supporters – many of whom, of course, claim the real reason people have a problem with Lynch is that she’s a black activist.
“We cannot ignore the public vilification that ensued due to the misguided, diluted and unscrupulous representation of her character in an article written by Daniel Mael on the TruthRevolt website,” the petition states. “This is Libel. This is Defamation of Character. This is Cyber bullying.”
For the record: Republishing someone’s own already published words and giving her credit definitely does not meet definitions of libel or defamation of character. But the confusion is understandable. After all, Lena Dunham’s lawyers recently threatened to sue Truth Revolt for quoting her published book, and hers is obviously an example to be followed.
The pro-Lynch petition states that Lynch has also been threatened and suffered “public vilification” — and that it’s “due to the misguided, diluted and unscrupulous representation of her character in an article written by Daniel Mael.”
According to Truth Revolt, Lynch also posted tweets, which now appear to have been deleted, that stated “i need to get my gun license. asap.” and “amerikka needs an intifada. enough is enough.”
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.