At Last, Students at Mizzou Have Something Legitimate to Protest

A shocking thing has happened to a young girl in Columbia, Missouri, at the hands of an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, no less. I can safely say that what happened to this young woman was more harmful than the sum total of alleged grievances brought up by hunger striker Jonathan Butler. And, unlike the list of #ConcernedStudent1950 grievances, this one was directly caused by Mizzou faculty, as opposed to being an alleged “atmosphere” that they turned a blind eye to.


This woman, because of religious bigotry, was grabbed violently by her hair, in public, and dragged through her school, while this Mizzou professor repeatedly slapped her into the face. He pulled her outside of the school hall and down the stairs and then violently threw her into a car, again by her hair.

The stated reasons for his actions have to do with the professor’s narrow-minded religious views that are oppressive to women and other people who don’t belong to his religion. Sounds like just the sort of thing #ConcernedStudent1950 would really get into, right? Sounds like they might want to create a safe space where this woman can talk about what’s happened to her, and to go on some hunger strikes until this professor is fired and everyone involved in his hiring is also fired, right?

Oh, I forgot one critical detail:

An assistant professor at an American university has been arrested for allegedly grabbing a 14-year-old female relative by the hair and dragging her into a car after he noticed she wasn’t wearing a hijab.

Youssif Z. Omar, 53, was reportedly at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday when he spotted that the girl did not have the traditional Muslim headscarf.

Officer Latisha Stroer told the Columbia Tribune in an email that Omar grabbed the girl ‘very violently by the hair’.

He then allegedly slapped her across the face, and pulled her by the hair down and flight of stairs and into his car.


Anyway, I’m sure oppression is oppression, and the Mizzou students will welcome this girl’s plight into their movement, and continue their protests until the conditions that allowed Mr. Omar to become a professor at Mizzou are rectified.



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