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After Christchurch universities have a responsibility: abandon Ramsay

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There has been much discussion since Friday of politicians’ and parts of the media’s responsibility for promoting Islamophobia. But what of the role of institutions like universities?

Since June last year, a heated debate has been underway on whether universities should collaborate with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Many academics have accused Ramsay of being the intellectual face of a Western supremacist politics, and therefore fundamentally incompatible with universities’ obligation to support multiculturalism. After Christchurch, the urgency to accurately identify and obstruct the ideological enablers of racism in society could not be greater.

What of the role of institutions like universities in the wake of Friday's atrocities?Credit:Louise Kennerley

The controversy has prompted some image-management from Ramsay itself. Michael Easson, a Ramsay board member, has protested that, in fact, Ramsay does not promote any "particular ideological worldview".

In his manifesto, Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch gunman, describes his aim as opposing the "destruction"........

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