Ohio State stab­bing at­tacker was study­ing ‘mi­croag­gres­sions’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richard­son

Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan, who tried to kill his class­mates at Ohio State Univer­sity be­fore he was fa­tally shot by po­lice, was en­rolled in a class study­ing the ways in which “mi­croag­gres­sions” vic­tim­ize var­i­ous iden­tity groups.

Ar­tan, a third-year stu­dent who was shot and killed after run­ning over and stab­bing 11 peo­ple on the Colum­bus cam­pus on Mon­day, had a “Mi­croag­gres­sion Group Project” due this Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to a screen­shot of the as­sign­ment tweeted by one of his class­mates.

Worth 15 per­cent of the over­all course grade, the pre­sen­ta­tion stems from a class called “Cross­ing Iden­tity Bor­ders,” Rea­son con­firmed.

The class is “care­fully struc­tured to ex­plore so­cial group iden­tity, con­flict, com­mu­nity, and so­cial jus­tice,” ac­cord­ing to Ohio State’s Mul­ti­cul­tural Center web­site.

Other signs in­di­cate Ar­tan, a So­mali refugee who was re­port­edly self-rad­i­cal­ized, as­cribed to the tenets of the so­cial jus­tice move­ment. In a Face­book trea­tise be­lieved to be writ­ten by Ar­tan prior to the at­tack, the as­sailant

com­plains about Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in the Mid­dle East.

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