In an impassioned commencement address at CUNY Law School, one graduate boldly challenged the oppressive nature of American institutions, declaring the law itself as a symbol of white supremacy that perpetuates oppression on a global scale. Fatima Mousa Mohammed, hailing from Yemen and raised in Queens, spoke candidly about her experiences and convictions, igniting a heated debate on censorship and ideological diversity.
Despite initial controversy and subsequent restoration of the speech’s availability on YouTube, Mohammed stood firm in her belief that the law acts as a manifestation of white supremacy, both in the United States and worldwide. Drawing attention to institutions such as the military, police, ICE, and the American penal system, she labeled them as enforcers of law and order that perpetuate systemic oppression.
With fervor, Mohammed emphasized the need for a revolution, acknowledging that no single uprising can single-handedly liberate the masses. She recognized the importance of the oppressed leading the charge for change, asserting that they carry the weight of violence and fuel the ongoing revolution, a revolution often hidden from mainstream media. Mohammed urged her audience not to rely on the twisted minds of their oppressors for salvation but to rise up collectively.
Speaking of the tragic death of Jordan Neely, a black male killed by a white man on the MTA, Mohammed demanded justice and liberation. Furthermore, she called for the destruction of capitalism, racism, imperialism, and Zionism, citing them as root causes of violence, devastation, and oppression perpetuated by powerful empires.
Criticizing institutions designed to stifle dissent through coercion, bullying, and censorship, Mohammed highlighted the plight of Palestinian political prisoners, particularly referencing the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case. The Department of Justice accused HLF of supporting Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, through concealed financial contributions. However, Mohammed’s address focused on perceived injustices in the treatment of Palestinian political prisoners within the U.S. prison system.
CUNY Law School issued a statement affirming that student speakers presented their own perspectives on advocating for social justice during the commencement ceremony, emphasizing the authenticity of the speeches delivered.
Undeterred by criticism, Mohammed stood firm in her convictions, condemning American institutions such as prisons for their alleged daily killings of black and brown inmates. She went on to denounce the military and the NYPD as fascist entities.
Ending her address on an optimistic note, Mohammed drew parallels between the eventual downfall of powerful empires and the possibility of dismantling oppressive institutions. She addressed the class of 2023, urging them to embark on their battle for change, confident that the oppressed will inevitably overcome.
Despite attempts to reach out to Mohammed for further comment, no immediate response was received.