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UC–Merced ‘Teach-In’: Kid with ISIS Flag Pic Went on Stabbing Spree Because of Masculinity

If you think otherwise, you're Islamophobic.

University of California–Merced hosted a “teach-in” to explain that a student who went on a stabbing spree before being killed by a campus police officer did so because of his masculinity – and definitely not because of Islamic extremism — despite the fact that he a photo of an ISIS flag was found among his belongings.

Faisal Mohammad also left behind a manifesto including descriptions of how he would like to behead classmates and reminders to pray to Allah.

You might be tempted to think that all of this suggests that his violent attacks just might have had something to do with Islamic extremism, however, a flyer for the school’s teach-in on the event made no mention of it. Instead, it said that discussion questions would include: “Why are men more likely to be perpetrators of violence?”

“So when you have this limited ability to sort of express your emotions and possible feelings of emasculation, of low self esteem, how do you really [deal with] that? A lot of times they . . . engage in violence,” one of the speakers on the panel said, according to a recording obtained by the College Fix.

“They need to compensate for their loss of masculinity in the most manly way they have access to, and unfortunately, a lot of times that’s violence,” the speaker continued.

#share#A student who wished to remain anonymous reportedly told the Fix that any suggestions that the ISIS-flag-photo-carrying student’s attack had anything to do with radical Islam were blamed on — you guessed it! — Islamophobia.

The “Don’t Turn Our Tragedy Into Hate” event was hosted by the school’s critical-race-and-ethnic-studies faculty.

#related#Mohammad stabbed four people earlier this month. All of them are expected to recover — and that’s no doubt because campus police were able to defend the unarmed students against the attack. Interestingly enough, however, another question the teach-in flyer said the event would address was: “Why are campus police armed?”

You would think that the answer to that would be pretty obviously, “Um, because of the risk of exactly stuff like this,” but apparently not.

In fact, according to the Fix, the predominant attitude being expressed on campus was sadness that Mohammad had been killed. After all, it wasn’t his fault — his masculinity made him do it.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.

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