Student Says His Home Was Egged & He Was Fired for Conservative Column
A junior at the University of Michigan says he is being attacked for expressing his conservative views.
Muslim student Omar Mahmood was fired from the “mainstream” student newspaper, Michigan Daily, over a satirical column that he wrote for the Michigan Review, a conservative student publication.
Mahmood also said that people posted obscene notes on his door and egged his home over the column, entitled, “Do the Left Thing.”
In a statement, Michigan Daily said, in part:
The way in which the author satirically mocked the experiences of fellow Daily contributors and minority communities on campus in his Review column violated our values and integrity as a publication. His actions created a conflict of interest regarding his employment with both the Daily and the Review.
On tonight’s “On the Record,” Mahmood called Michigan Daily a radical leftist publication, and he recalled a conversation there about endorsing Green Party candidates because the Democratic Party was getting “too conservative.”
He told Greta Van Susteren,“I don’t understand how an 800-word piece, a satire, […] threatened anyone.”
Mahmood said he has received hundreds of emails from liberals and minorities saying that he did nothing wrong.
“Freedom of speech, which is what the left actually preaches and what these social justice warriors promote – tolerance, equality – is exactly the opposite of what they did to me,” he said.
Watch the interview above. Below, see photos of eggs, notes and hot dogs that were scattered outside Mahmood's door.