Inside Higher Ed
July 29th, 2015
As a scholar of media studies, Deepa Kumar knew her tweet comparing
the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Islamic State (ISIS) was
provocative. But the tweet, posted in March, didn’t stir up much
controversy until recently, when it resurfaced on far-right blogs and on
Fox News. Now Kumar, an associate professor at Rutgers University, is
being flooded with hate mail and even violent threats. And unlike
several others scholars who’ve been slammed in recent media reports for
their controversial tweets, Kumar is speaking out against coverage she
says is unfair.
“This is not the only case of a professor being targeted by Fox News
and by the right -- in fact, there’s a long history here of trying to
silence and intimidate faculty who have dissenting opinions on the U.S.
government and policies in the Middle East,” Kumar said in an interview.
“The only way to push back and defend myself is to be public about it.”