The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has posted ads in the NY subway that are hateful towards the Muslim American Community and they want to bring that hate to DC. The DC Subway Commission has offered them the space but due to recent events has postponed the date in which they will post the ads. The US was founded on the principle of tolerance and respect for all faith traditions therefore it is important that the DC metro take a strong stand and not follow in the steps of NY by posting these hate-mongering advertisements in the DC subway.
As university students and young Americans, we understand how important freedom of speech is to having an engaging academic community and country as a whole. However, these ads carry the potential to incite violent acts across the country. Also, they contradict our country’s core values of tolerance and respect for all faiths.
Once again we support your current decision and hope you take the next step and help in the fight against hate in America.
Georgetown University Students