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Take action against racism and Islamophobia at Ensoc's RoUndie 500

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UC's Engineering Society (Ensoc) encouraged it's members to theme their RoUndie 500 cars "inappropriately", stating that "The more innappropriate the better". Taking this to heart, entrants turned up in Black- and Brownface, with cars decorated in ways which mocked serious issues such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa, genocide, apartheid, and military occupation in Gaza, and the Taliban. While these costumes may have been intended as "just a joke" or "a bit of fun", they portray stereotypes that are damaging to Muslims and people of colour, and further perpetuate racism and Islamophobia in our community, and alienate Muslim students and students of colour at Canterbury University.

As a Muslim woman, seeing images where UC students are mocking the violence that other Muslims are facing in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, sexualising religious dress such as niqab and hijab, and portraying Muslims as terrorists, a stereotype which regularly results in violence against Muslims, tells me that I would be unsafe at the University of Canterbury. Ensoc are portraying a University that is racist and is Islamophobic. They are alienating students and they are making them feel unsafe.

It is vital that something is done about the way students were behaving at this years RoUndie 500. Racism and Islamophobia is not something that should be tolerated and the fact that the University of Canterbury and it's College of Engineering have done and said nothing in the wake of this event is sickening. I am asking the University of Canterbury to take action against the students who entered racism and Islamophobic cars into the RoUndie 500, and to take measures to ensure that similar cars are not entered in the future.

Images of the cars can be found here:



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