The Privilege of Being Non-Muslim (or White) After A Mass-Attack

In this dispatch from Columbus, Paul Meara sorts through the backlash against Somalis in the aftermath of Monday's Ohio State stabbings.

On Monday (Nov. 28) Abdul Razak Ali Artan crashed a vehicle into an Ohio State engineering lab, got out, and attacked students and faculty, injuring 11 people. At first, no one knew who it was. Reports originally relayed that it was two people doing the attacking with one actually having a gun. We now reportedly know that it was a lone attacker, Ali Artan – and unfortunately – he’s a Muslim from Somalia.

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