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Fri Mar 12, 2021, 10:08 PM

U of M student told, "You don't look like a U of M student." Cops are called.

https://sahanjournal.com/education/musab-hussein-carlson-discrimination/

Musab Hussein needed to rent a laptop to take a University of Minnesota exam. Instead he was told, ‘You do not look like a U of M student.’ And then things got worse.

Musab, a senior at the Carlson School, is the oldest son in a Somali family. When he graduates in May, he hopes to land an accounting job to help provide for his parents and siblings. He had taken classes in Hanson Hall for nearly four years, and for one of those years, he even worked in the computer lab. On March 1, he arrived at Hanson Hall in a good mood. In the computer lab, he printed out his notes to use for his open notebook exam, and approached the desk to rent a computer. He asked the staff member on duty if he had been the person who hired him for his computer lab job.

The staff member became suspicious, saying he had never hired him or seen him before. Musab searched his email on his phone to confirm the name of a different Carlson staffer who had hired him. The staff member didn’t seem to believe that either, Musab said.

The failed small talk didn’t matter, Musab decided. He was there to rent a laptop for his exam. He presented his university ID so he could check one out. But the staff member balked.

“He said, ‘I don’t trust you at all, I don’t think you’re a U student or a Carlson student,’” Musab said. “What the hell is this guy talking about? I’m getting my UCard, you can see my picture, you can see my name.”

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WhiskeyGrinder Mar 2021 OP
CurtEastPoint Mar 2021 #1
Blue Owl Mar 2021 #2
TwilightZone Mar 2021 #6
LizBeth Mar 2021 #3
Skittles Mar 2021 #5
WhiskeyGrinder Mar 2021 #8
madaboutharry Mar 2021 #4
calimary Mar 2021 #9
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2021 #7
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #10

Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 10:24 PM

1. That is horrible. And yet the man still works there? Or did I miss that in the story?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 10:25 PM

2. Well that reflects very badly on the U of M

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 11:43 PM

6. It reflects badly on the idiot staffer.

Who will likely be fired.

The idiot cops weren't any better.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 10:28 PM

3. There is a huge Somalian community in Minneapolis.

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 11:43 PM

5. yes there is

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 12:16 AM

8. If this guy were the only Somali man in Minnesota it's still a shit move.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 10:32 PM

4. This story breaks your heart.

What is wrong with people?

The staff member needs to be fired. The UMPD officers need to be investigated fir the way they treated Mr. Hussein.

Read the whole story at the link. It is just sad.

At least he now gets to make up for the exam that racists staff and cops made him fail.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 12:28 AM

9. No kidding.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 12:09 AM

7. Dear lord.

I can't begin to imagine. I can't imagine the racism and ignorance of the staff member.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 12:46 AM

10. Here's something that's even worse.

I read something as awful as this, and even though my empathy allows me a little insight into how shocked, angry and maybe even scared Musab Hussein felt, because I am very empathetic, I'm still not surprised.

The George Floyd tragedy DID surprise me, but not from the POV of the underlying hate and denial of humanity. The barbarism and blatant arrogance of it added the shock.

This anecdote, however infuriating for us, and demeaning for Mr. Hussein, is a movie we've seen again and again. What a world.

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