Media Characterizes Mean Tweets as More Dangerous Than Islamic Terror After Ohio Attack
NPR gave a platform to a Somali student who characterized mean tweets as a bigger threat than Islamic terrorism after the knife rampage at Ohio State University yesterday.
Somali “refugee” Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed a vehicle into students before wildly slashing at them with a knife until he was shot dead by a brave police officer.
However, for Ohio State University senior Mohamed Farah, the most worrying thing was not the unhinged act of violence itself, but the potential for unpleasant comments to be directed towards the Somali community in its aftermath.
“When I first heard that he was Somali, I mean my stomach did fall,” he told NPR. “Not just because of what happened today, but because of what will happen tomorrow.”
The Somali refugee made clear that the most pressing issue was not Islamic terrorism, or the second attack in recent months to have been carried out by a Somali immigrant, but instead, “snide comments, peering eyes and a feeling of uneasiness.”
“Those Somali men and women, the ones that wear a head scarf or the ones like myself with the name Mohamed, tomorrow will be a day of trepidation,” he said, adding that mean tweets such as one that said knifeman Artan “bit the hand that fed him,” were “the most painful” aspect of the entire incident.
“That one really, it shakes the core of you, you know,” Farah said.
NPR giving a platform to a Somali student so he can play the victim card and waffle on about mean tweets and Islamophobia after a Somali terrorist has just slashed nine innocent people is bad enough.