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Students From 42 Universities Issue Statement Against Racist Texas Poster

9 November 2011 General 13 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Press Release by Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

New York, NY: IAAB’s 2011 Student Summit, held this past weekend in Washington, DC, included representatives from 42 universities nationwide and in Europe. Given the news on Friday afternoon of the “Let’s Play Cowboys and IRANIANS!” poster in a restaurant in Katy, Texas, the workshop on Media Representation focused on this issue. Summit participants discussed the history of such racist representations of communities of color in the United States. Students issued the following statement to condemn the poster’s display:

Iranian Alliances Across Borders’ (IAAB) 2011 Student Summit addressed the current state of the Iranian American diaspora community. Over 70 Iranian American student leaders from 42 universities around the nation and abroad expressed outrage over the bigoted content of the 1979 poster titled “Let’s play cowboys and IRANIANS!” displayed in John Nonmacher’s restaurant in Katy, Texas. This image displays a group of gun wielding cowboys under an American Flag, proudly encircling a lynched Iranian man. In Nonmacher’s words, this poster is purely a historical artifact; however, the image recalls a time of high xenophobic animosity towards Iranian immigrants within the United States.

The IAAB Summit participants condemn both the violent image portrayed in the poster and its bigotry towards Iranians, as well as indigenous groups. Fundamental American values of tolerance, diversity, and respect for all human beings are not in accordance with the offensive nature displayed by the poster. We believe that the ideas represented in this incident are detrimental to civil society, especially at a time when democratic dialogue is critical to mitigating political tensions. We stand in solidarity with communities of color that have and continue to experience this kind of demonization. We firmly believe that the propagation of such hostile ideas should not exist within any society.

Signed by students from the following 42 universities:
Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, Bucknell University, College of William and Mary, Columbia University, Duke University, Emory University, Fairfield University, Fordham University- Lincoln Center, George Mason University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, INSEAD, New York University, Northern Virginia Community College, Oxford University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The George Washington University, The New School, Tufts University, University of Baltimore, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois Springfield, University of Iowa, University of Maryland – College Park, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley College, Westminster College, Yale University

About Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) – IAAB is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization with a young, dedicated staff spread across the United States, Europe and Iran.  The mission of the organization is to address issues of the Iranian diaspora community while raising awareness of the Iranian community, promoting leadership, and connecting Iranians across borders. For more information about IAAB, please visit

Original post: Students From 42 Universities Issue Statement Against Racist Texas Poster


  1. I see that no Texas schools are represented. Where none invited or did they decline to sign?

  2. Maybe noone from Texas left a comment cause there’s no need for one? Its just a poster in a resturant with a population of maybe nomore that 300. Haha but its an old poster. Who cares! People now adays get attended way too easy! Everyone needs to take a chill pill and worry about not getting hirded at a job due to race not a poster that 30-40 people ar ganna see.

  3. And I’m from TEXAS by the way!

  4. Iran has a leader that makes comments daily that makes this poster seem elementary. The Way he attacks Israel and threatens the United States how do you expect people to feel? People on this Forum state daily that countries like Iran do not practice the correct kind of Islam, it is a very violent country that does not pause even before it kills its own citizens that disagree with it or its policies. The thought of them getting a Nuclear Weapon scares more than half the world and the odds of a war starting in Iran in the near future are very great. I am sorry if Iranian students do not like what is said but I do not like what people in their country say all the time.

  5. Crily, if they have the nuclear weapon world is worried cause they will attack others.but if you have nuclear weapon world is happy cause you’re gonna make pizzas with that ! For your kind info they have a history of talking such nonsense but you have a history of doing such

  6. Masum, I do agree with you on that. The United States has entered some conflicts we had no business sticking our nose in and once all the killing was done nothing changed. You cannot win hearts and mind by going to war. You can bring a country to its knees through a war of attrition. Killing off so many people they become no threat and destroying infrastructure to the point they have limited ability to rebuild.
    Starting with Vietnam we have not entered a conflict with a willingness to win. Hearts and minds is a dream. Every time you kill someone’s father, mother, brother, sister aunt, cousin and so on you make an enemy. You can say you’re sorry, you can state that bombs are not exact and it was not your intention to kill that 4 year old, but nobody cares. At that point you have lost hearts and minds not only of that family but of others that value the life of the child. You have lost them not only in the country you are fighting in but also within the United States themselves as the war is being presented as a way to help said country. Going to war to help the country your invading is like using a sledge to fix a damaged roof. All you can say is the sledge is very effective at driving nails.

    With that said Iran is issuing very mean rhetoric people are going to respond to what is being said and it is not going to be nice. I would like to see the Iranian students push back on what is coming out of Iran, but I do understand that they have family back home and may have to return to Iran at some point. That is what is so sad, I have met several Iranians in my life and found them to be very nice people. I wish they had a better government.

  7. clearly this poster has had a great impact. there have been what? 3000 iranians killed in texas since ’79. wait i think i’m getting my events mixed up. you know what is funny is that when you quote from the koran, verses like “cut off there heads”, an “a just recompence is to cut off their hands and feet and crusify them”. muslims jump on the out of context and historical perspective bandwagon. yet when iran took our embassy staff hostage and a texan, showing less than divine wisdom has a poster made up he is bigoted. should not the same standard, one might even think a “higher” standard, be applied to god? perhaps the iranians need to reread the koran. wait, don’t do that, it could lead to lynchings, or worst. double standard, hypocricy, what’s the word i’m looking for….irony perhaps??????? lol

  8. And exactly what “race” is muslim?

  9. CALM DOWN CALM DOWN Anonymous; Im the one asking questions here.

    NOW: Exactly what race is muslim?

  10. Iranian- Persian- is a race. Nowhere in the Qur’an is crucifixion advocated as a means of execution for any punishment. Finally, Iranian students here in the US are probably not concerned with the insane, fundamentalist regime that they and their families probably fled from. They are, however, very much concerned with a racist, Islamophobic nutjobs publicly announcing their hopes of purging Islam from the face of the Earth and dropping nuclear weapons on Mecca and Medina. Just sayin’.

  11. Oh, drat.

    racist, Islamophobic nutjobs* No “a” required. 😛

  12. Tyler Simonds,

    “Nowhere in the Qur’an is crucifixion advocated as a means of execution for any punishment”. appearently someone gave you a sanitized version of the koran. 5:33 clearly proscribes crucifixion as a punishment. check out the comments on the keith ellison article. i give 4 different sources, although it looks like and are using the same version. or just google it dude. anyways someone is lying to you. then again crucifixion maybe a “good” death compared to when muhammad cut off the hands and feet and put a hot poker in the eyes of the muderers from that one tribe? don’t know, now that i think about it, bleeding out after a hot poker in the eyes maybe better than hanging on a cross in the dessert. but clearly we can all agree that stoning to death is the best way to go. right? i know it’s shocking the brutality that “the god of abraham” wants his “best creation” to inflict on each other.

    As-Salāmu `Alaykum

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