The Aurora Public Library is facing criticism for displaying and subsequently removing a poem some have labeled as hate speech that condones violence against Muslim women.
The poem, "Hijab Means Jihad," was part of an exhibit called "Placeholders: Photo-Poems" on display at the library starting Friday. Over a background of a Confederate flag, the poem begins "Every kid should be like my kid / And snatch a hijab."
Hide those bad words:
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin wrote in a statement on the official City of Aurora Facebook page that he personally requested that the poem be removed from display. The poem, he wrote, "should never have seen the light of day in our city."