After ISIS-Linked Slash Attack, OSU Still Offering Election Counseling

In the aftermath of Abdul Artan's rampage, campus counselors still worried about Trump

Despite a terrorist attack linked to ISIS on the Ohio State campus on Monday, the university’s counseling center still has a website up offering counseling for post-election stress.

The slasher attack that left 11 in the hospital Monday evidently did little to put the outcome of the election in perspective at the counseling office.

“We are also aware that individuals with a similar background to the assailant’s identity can be unfairly victimized in the aftermath of such a tragedy.”

The website says OSU’s counseling center “is a welcoming place, and we affirm our commitment to all students regardless of party affiliation. We are particularly mindful that this election season has included hurtful and vitriolic rhetoric impacting many people. As always, we encourage you to reach out for support as well as extend support to others. It is important for us to stay connected and do what we can to take care of one another.”

The thought of Republican Donald Trump as president-elect apparently ranks almost as highly as a stressor as a likely jihadist-inspired attack.

In that attack, Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a crowd and attacked bystanders with a knife. 11 people were hospitalized but none of the victims had life-threatening injuries.

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A campus police officer killed Artan, 18, shortly after the attack began.

Artan, a freshman at the college, was a Somali immigrant who grew to resent non-Muslims in the United States.

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Even though Artan apparently targeted non-Muslims, the center has expressed concern about others on campus like Artan: “We are also aware that individuals with a similar background to the assailant’s identity can be unfairly victimized in the aftermath of such a tragedy.”

The center’s site is also rife with other chestnuts of political correctness — both standard stuff and cutting-edge, social justice stuff. The site refers to Latinos as “Latinx.”

What does Latinx mean?

According to The Huffington Post, “Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina, and even [email protected] Used by scholars, activists, and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx is quickly gaining popularity among the general public. It’s part of a ‘linguistic revolution’ that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.”

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