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Lessons about 9/11 often provoke harassment of Muslim students

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Truthseeker, Aug 31, 2021.

  1. Truthseeker

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    Lessons about 9/11 often provoke harassment of Muslim students

    Some proposed solutions to this problem quoted from the article:

    1. Teach culturally diverse stories
    Although it’s common for people to recall how “Islamic extremists” carried out the 9/11 attacks, it’s also true that Muslim immigrants, such as Mohammed Salman Hamdani, lost their lives serving as first responders. Those stories can help counterbalance the negative sentiments that arise from Muslim-blaming narratives that sometimes accompany lessons about 9/11.

    2. Examine the social and political effects of 9/11
    Teach students how immigration policies became linked to national security. Introduce students to how 9/11 gave rise to the USA Patriot Act, which authorized the broad use of federal surveillance to counter violent extremism, led to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security and informed the so-called “Muslim ban.”

    Discuss how 9/11 led to “no-fly” lists and disproportionately affected the surveillance of Muslim Americans. Recount how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were linked to 9/11.

    Show students how Muslims, and people assumed to be Muslim, feared for their personal safety because of all the backlash that followed 9/11.

    This can help students better understand contemporary events, such as why Afghan refugees are coming to America, or why airport security increases around Sept. 11 each year.

    3. Keep students safe
    As the United States prepares for potential terror threats on the anniversary of 9/11, educators bear a responsibility to maintain a safe learning environment. Teachers should pay attention to the conversations between students to ensure that they are not repeating harmful words and actions that target Muslims.

    Respond to students who express fear for their personal safety. Educators should consult their state’s anti-bullying policies to get up to speed on how to handle harassment.

    But by offering a broader perspective of 9/11 and its aftermath, educators can create a safer learning experience for students as they reflect on 9/11 and how it forever changed Americans’ lives.
     
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  2. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    Now we have Orientals and COVID - the details are wildly different but it's the same problem.
     
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    Another lesson: the choice to become a suicide bomber, a terroristic mass murderer, an airplane hijacker, or an infidel beheader could cause severe and warranted consequences against you as well as your people.

    I won’t tell anyone how to live their lives or embrace their religion, just understand that choices have consequences.
     
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    Not "warranted". Or are you saying that is someone like you in some way has ever done something horrific (and whoever you are, that is inevitable), that would justify attacking you personally?

    Every religion, nationality, creed and colour has had individuals do terrible things. That in no way justifies any kind of harassment, attack or "consequences" targeted at those wider groups.
     
  5. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    The term, "Oriental", is about as dated as "negro" & "negress" & "Injun".
    "Asian" is better. You won't make eyes roll by using it.
     
  6. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    I bow to your woke politically correct correction of my usage.
     
  7. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I resist being woke, but I've so much family from
    Korea & China that I became so just to survive.
    And now you've benefitted from my progress.
     
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