Steven Salaita is in the national spotlight again with a new article on Salon.com.
The Virginia Tech English professor said in his follow-up article, which was published Monday night, that he’s received extensive death threats both to himself and to his family, which he says, only proved the point he was trying to make.
His initial article argued that Americans should analyze the meaning of the phrase ‘Support our Troops,’ and consider the ideology behind the military’s actions, as well as consider those in power making decisions for the military.
“My article about the trouble with the phrase ‘support the troops’ suddenly had nothing to do with its own rhetorical anatomy,” he says in his latest article. “Instead, it became a referendum on the evils of Islam and the vileness of Arab culture.”
The original Salon.com article, which was published on August 25, currently has over 1,500 comments and has sparked vigorous debate across the nation about patriotism and the best way to show support for the troops.
“Obama has inspired a resurgence of ethnonationalism,” he says. “No modern politician’s ethnicity and religion have been so maligned, so mistrusted, as those of Obama, the heretical interloper, the untrue American.”
Several debates between Salaita and visiting communication professor Buddy Howell have been proposed in the hopes of continuing this discussion in a public forum for students. At the time of this article, no final plans had been made for a debate.