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This Student Union Officer Could Lose Her Job After Posting "#KillAllWhiteMen" On Facebook

Bahar Mustafa, a student union officer at Goldsmiths, University of London, has been accused of being racist toward white people on campus. Update: The police have now launched an official investigation.

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On Tuesday, Mustafa allegedly wrote "#killallwhitemen" on her Facebook page, and called a student "white trash" using an official student union Twitter account.

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In a statement, she defended the use of the hashtag as an "in-joke" but recognised it could be "alienating" and "troubling" to some.

She said:

Regarding my use of hashtags: these were done on my personal account, which is separate to my work account.

However, I still recognise and understand how this can be alienating and troubling to some.

These are in-­jokes and ways that many people in the queer feminist community express ourselves­ it's a way of reclaiming the power from the trauma many of us experience as queers, women, people of colour, who are on the receiving end of racism, misogyny and homophobia daily.

The posts have since been deleted from Facebook and Twitter.

She is currently on a paid sabbatical to work for the student union.

As a result of the petition, Mustafa's supporters have taken to social media to show solidarity, using the hashtag #supportbaharmustafa.

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#SupportBaharMustafa because the people crucifying her for tweeting #KillAllMen hardly bat an eyelid when #KillAllMuslims trends worldwide

I #supportbaharmustafa because safe spaces for minority groups are essential for our health and happiness.

I #supportbaharmustafa and every single thing her detractors say just prove that cis white men shouldn't be allowed in safe spaces.

I #supportbaharmustafa because freedom of speech means being prepared to deal with opinions you don't like. :)

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However, the hashtag – which became one of the top trends on Twitter in the UK – has also been used by Mustafa's opponents to accuse her of harboring racist and sexist views.

i dont #supportbaharmustafa bc sexism is sexism&discrimination is discrimination wether its victim is black, a woman..etc or a white male

Why in god's name would you #supportbaharmustafa ?? A diversity officer is meant to represent and, you know, not harbour racist leanings

#SupportBaharMustafa because apparently a person's ability to think and feel hinges on their race, gender and sexuality!

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I #supportbaharmustafa to be fired. Racism is racism no matter what way round it's used.

I do #supportbaharmustafa to be sacked from her job as a UNI diversity (laughable) officer

If you require a #safespace upon entering college, you are not a feminist, you are still a toddler. #supportbaharmustafa

Mustafa claimed earlier this month that she could not be racist because she was an ethnic minority woman.

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"I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender," she said.

"Therefore, women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system."

London Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation following Mustafa's Facebook post.

In a statement, a spokesperson said:

Police received a complaint on 7 May about a racially motivated malicious communication that had been made on a social media account. There have been no arrests and enquiries are continuing.

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

Hussein Kesvani is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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