Ohio State University: Muslim Misfortunes

Ohio State University: Muslim Misfortunes

Does fear justify violence?
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Thanksgiving Break has ended and as many college students trudge through the bogs of Monday woes, Ohio State University attendees find themselves hunkering down for a brutal slap of reality. On Monday morning, November 28th, university students at Ohio State found themselves getting a campus alert about an active shooter on campus - an active shooter who turned out to be one of the university's fast acting police officers, Horujko.

He was at the scene during the time of a Somali immigrant's, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, rampage. A transfer student from Columbus State, Abdul Artan is one of doubtlessly many, discontent Muslims who are under duress for their religion. This prejudice against Muslims originates from the generalized perspective that all of them are terrorists. This is untrue, but unfortunately, many have associated Islam with terrorism and have made a scapegoat out of its followers for attacks.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan could arguably be presented as a victim or an assailant with his actions. Bullied or triggered into acting out, Abdul was no stranger with voicing his plight as a follower of Islam. In one of his Facebook posts, he had said that he was "sick and tired" of seeing his fellow Muslims antagonized for their religion. He was weary of the whiplash that Islam came with due to the actions of radical groups such as infamous ISIS. He was tired of having to be afraid.

For Artan to openly practice his religion, was almost like willingly painting a target on his back. Islam is a religion that consists of Five Pillars that are heeded to. Of these Pillars, there is one called Zakat, which require the person to perform a prayer five times each day facing the direction of Mecca. As a Muslim, Artan was required to perform this ritual but had probably done so quietly and away from prying eyes. He sought for a sanctuary in his university to worship privately, as he acknowledged that his consistent daily prayers could have incited some malicious reactions from onlookers; he was afraid to pray in a land where one had the right to practice his or her religion because of trigger happy discriminators.

As a whole, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, did not appear to fit the media's depiction of the typical terrorist. For this reason, while his violent actions may seem understandable to some, the event stands to be an overall attack on not only the safety of everyone at the university but also an attack on the reputation of Muslims as well. Muslims, in general, hang onto a precarious position in society. Many people are eager to discriminate them when given the chance to. With Artan's actions, the preexisting notion that every Muslim is a terrorist is heightened.

To society, the face of a terrorist is no longer associated with suspicious Middle Eastern men of questionable religion. Artan's violent act has extended that description to encompass average Muslim students. Wherein they previously already had malignant perceptions surrounding them, now with Artan's attack, their susceptibility rate of being dangerous has increased even more; Artan has made it even more plausible that they could be terrorists. So as to whether his intentions were to due to some other prevailing issue or to simply act out against continuous exposure to fear and discrimination, he hindered any semblance of improving Muslim-American relations with his aggressive act.

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28 Urban Slang Terms Every New Yorker Knows

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The New York City youth is greatly influenced by hip-hop culture, and hip-hop culture is continuously influenced by New York City. With the colorful expressions found in both hip-hop and the streets of New York, colorful language is inevitable. The truth is, you're not a real New Yorker if you've never heard these terms before.

1. Whack = (adj) used to describe something that is appalling in nature

"That's whack!"

2. Grill = (v) to stare, usually impolitely; to give a dirty look

"Dude stop grilling my girlfriend, I know her spray tan looks whack."

3. To front/Fronting = (v) to put on a façade; acting like you are something that you are not.

"Stop fronting like you own the place."

4. Cop = (v) to buy

"I'm about to cop some chips, you want some?"

5. Catch these hands = phrase used to initiate a fight

"If that girl keeps grilling me she can catch these hands."

Variations: throw these hands; throw hands; catch this fade

6. Crusty = (adj) used to describe someone who is dirty or trashy

"Girl, did you shower today? Your hair is looking all types of musty, dusty, and crusty."

Synonyms: musty; dusty

7. Lit = (adj) used to describe someone or something that is amazing in every sense

Variations: litty

8. Mad = (adv) very

"Stay away from her, bro. She has mad problems."

Synonyms: dumb; OD; stupid

9. Dumb = (adv) extremely

"This party is dumb lit."

Synonyms: mad; OD; stupid

10. Brick = (adj) very cold

"Damn, it's mad brick out."

11. Tight = (v) to be upset

"Stop running your fingers through my hair; you're getting me dumb tight."

12. Thirsty = (adj) desperate; (n) someone who is desperate

"I didn't tag you in my photo because I don't want any thirsties following you."

Variations: thirsties (n)

13. Buggin' = freaking out; acting up

"My mom just asked me to clean all the dishes even though it's not my turn. She's buggin."

Synonyms: wylin'/wildin'

14. Son = (n) a good friend

"Of course I know him, that's my son!"

Synonyms: B

15. B = (n) a good friend

"What's good, B?"

16. Sus = shady or false

*Short for "suspect" or "suspicious"

"That girl is mad sus for looking at me like that."

17. Dead ass = (adj) seriously

"You're dead ass getting me tight, B."

*Could also be used as follows:

"Dead ass?" = Are you serious?

"Dead ass!" = Yes.

18. Guap = (n) money

"Okay, this to all of my enemies that seeing me gettin' guap right now." -- Big Sean

Synonyms: Mulah; dough; casheesh

19. Grimey = (adj) used to describe a back-stabber

"I'm telling you, bro. He's mad grimey, don't trust him."

20. You woulda thought = a more exciting way to say "no"

"You woulda thought I was going to let you use my laptop to log on to your shady-ass websites."

21. OD/Ohdee/Odee = (adj) excessive; an abbreviation for "over-doing"

"Man, my professor just assigned OD work on BlackBoard."

Synonyms: mad; dumb

22. Wylin'/Wildin' = out of control

"That girl was wildin' last night when she threatened to throw hands at you for no reason."

Synonyms: buggin'

23. Facts = (adj) something that is rooted in truth

"That's a fact, B."

Synonyms: true

24. Snuff = (v) to punch

"I should've never threatened to throw hands. He straight up snuffed me in the throat."

Synonyms: rock

25. Wavy = (adj) used to describe something that is cool or nice

"I’m so wavy in the turbo Porsche, she so wavy in the new Mercedes" -- Ty Dolla $ign

Synonyms: dope, lit

26. Kicks = (n) sneakers

"Where'd you cop those kicks from?"

27. Beef = (n) having a fight or holding a grudge against another person or group of people

"Tommy told me you guys have beef."

28. Ice = (n) jewelry

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Variations: icy (adj)

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10 Things All Latino Moms Say, On A Regular Basis

You've probably heard at least one of these things growing up with a Latino mom.

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My childhood was always a bit different from everybody else's growing up with a single mom, but in the Latino culture, my mom always had something to tell me. Your mom probably said the same things, too.

1. "Hay comida en casa" (There's food at home)

If you're ever out with your mom and are really craving a fast-food place or to eat at any other restaurant, chances are you are not going to eat there.

Latino moms will always tell you that there's food at home even when there's not.

2. "Te comes lo que hay" ( You have to eat what there is)

Being a picky eater is not an option in a Latino household.

Whatever they put in front of your plate, that's what you have to eat! There's definitely no escaping from that.

3. "Que te hago si lo encuentro yo" (The things that I would do to you if I find it)

Yep, we have all been in that situation where we can't find something and ask our mom where it is.

But, for some reason when we look for it, we can't find it anywhere.

If you tell this to your Latino mom, she has most likely threatened you in some way shape or form, telling you that she will do something to you if she finds it!

Most of the time, were fearing for our lives and praying to God that she doesn't find the thing we're looking for.

4. "O limpias o no sales" ( You have to clean or else, you're not going out)

If you have a Latino friend and for some reason they don't hang out with you that day, its most likely because their mom didn't allow them to.

Certain house chores must be completed for a Latino mom to let you go out and if the house is not clean, she will keep you until the place is spotless.

5. "Te lo tragas por que no me lo regalan ( You have to eat it because I don't get it for free)

This relates to number 2 in the list over the topic of picky-eating not being optional in a Latino household. Latino parents work hard to feed their children and they make sure that you know that!

6. "Solo cuando tengas hijos vas a entender" ( You're only going to understand when you have children of your own)

This one is kind of self-explanatory!

Latino parents believe that you will only understand why they do the things they do when you become a parent yourself.

7. "Ven aqui que no te voy a hacer nada" ( Come here because I am not going to do anything to you)

WARNING: THIS IS AN ULTIMATE LIE!

This was most likely said when you locked yourself somewhere or hid yourself from your mom, so that way you didn't receive a whoopin' from her.

But, when you began trusting her and approaching her with caution, she most likely had a "chancla" hidden in her back to spank you with----this is why most Latino kids grow up with trust issues.

8. "Te calmas o te calmo" ( Either you calm down, or I'll calm you down)

If you're crying for what your mom believes is an invalid reason, then they for sure will give you a reason to cry for if you don't calm down.

9. "Un dia me van a matar de un coraje ( One day you're going to kill me from anger)

Latino moms will get very, very, very, VERY angry when you don't listen to them.

So, they will always tell us that one day we're going to kill them due to the anger that we're causing them.

10.  "Ponte Zapatos o te vas a enfermar" (Put shoes on or you're going to get sick)

Even if you're inside the home relaxing, your mom will always want you to have slippers on. No matter what, every Latino mom believes that if you don't have slippers on when you walk around the house, you will die.

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