- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who attempted 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.

“How have you come to learn about race/gender/sexuality/religion?” the course implores students to ask. “How has this shaped your world view?”

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to, among other things, “Identify micro-aggressions within their daily lives and within society as a whole”; “Identify ways in which they can challenge or address systems of power and privilege”; and “Demonstrate an appreciation for other points of view and other cultures.”

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.

“My brothers and sisters, I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim Brothers and Sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE,” the post reads. “Seeing my fellow Muslims being tortured, raped and killed in Burma led to a boiling point. I can’t take it anymore.”

“America stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah,” it continues. “We are not weak. We are weak, remember that.”

“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”

And in a profile by the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern, Artan complained about the lack of prayer rooms on campus for Muslim students.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media,” Artan said in the interview. “I’m a Muslim. It’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”

Crashing into passersby with his car and wielding a butcher knife, Artan injured 11 before he was shot and killed by an Ohio State University police officer.

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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