Ohio State stabbing attacker was studying ‘microaggressions’
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.