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" I Blog4Peace"

on NOV 4th I am involved with "BlogBlast for Peace"

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." - Eleanor Roosevelt



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

#58 /100 Reasons I Blog4Peace /Tolerance NOT Racism 1

The Whole World Against Racism , what a dream . What a Goal .
What is the definition of racism? found at    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/racism
A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races  determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race  is superior and has the right to rule others. 
  Racism is the belief that there are inherent differences in people's traits and capacities that are entirely due to their race, however defined, and that, as a consequence, racial discrimination (i.e. different treatment of those people, both socially and legally) is  justified.
Racism is popularly associated with various activities that are illegal or commonly considered harmful, such as extremism, hatred, xenophobia, (malignant or forced) exploitation, separatism, racial supremacy, mass murder (for the purpose of genocide), genocide denial, vigilantism (hate crimes, terrorism), etc.
 I don't want to be judged that way do You ?  
If we really believe in the brotherhood of man, and want to come into its fold, we have got to let everyone else in too.
E.Gibson
 I was glad to see when I typed in "anti racism" 1 660 000 links were there , over 3,000,000 in images !
 These writings  was copied from the link below... Incidents are not uncommon around the United States. An influx of Muslim immigrants and 9/11 have led to an increase of hate crimes and harassment. In The Baltimore Sun, Basir Jamil, a high school senior, wrote about the prejudice he has faced growing up Muslim in America after 9/11. 
He said, "From grade school on, I have personally encountered racism and extremism. I have endured snide comments, people calling me 'terrorist,' and people generally hating me for no reason but my race and religion."
This constant cycle has had a profound impact on Muslim students nationwide. Here are just a few of the incidents that have been reported:

  • In St. Cloud, Minn., a high school student created a short-lived Facebook group called “I hate the Somalians at Tech High.” The area is home to one of the largest groups of Somali refugees in the country, many of whom are Muslim.
  • In Oklahoma, a student was suspended after wearing a hijab, or headscarf, at school on September 11, although she had worn it for weeks before.
  • In Massachusetts, when a Cambridge store burned down, Muslim high school students were asked by classmates if they bombed the store.
  • In New York, four high school students were charged with a hate crime after spending more than a year bullying a Muslim classmate, occasionally beating him and calling him a terrorist.
For many Muslim students—particularly those who don’t speak English—teachers are their best defense, says Jandali. Educators need to set clear and consistent guidelines.
“Schools can change the situation by saying there’s a no-tolerance policy in our schools, that there are going to be consequences,’’ she says. “Our approach is that education is the best way to prevent bias and discrimination—try to prevent that bad thing from happening.”   
Want to learn about tolerance ? http://www.tolerance.org/

 I will end with this , taken from a page from Harvard Graduate School of Education
October 4, 2001
 
I hope You all will read it ... Understanding More about Islam
Classifying "The Other"
The panelists expounded upon issues of the misleading depictions of Islam in American society by discussing problems of classification as the Other. To Asani, Islam is not the Other, or an antithesis to the West, because Islam is not about being separate at all. "The message of Islam is universal...and is meant for the entire world." In fact, the Arabic word Islam means "Peace" and "Submission to the Will of God," and the word Muslim means "submitter." "If you look at it this way," Asani continued, "a Christian or a Jew is Muslim as well; any who submit to the one God is already Muslim."
 I think I will make this a 2 part topic  .
So I will see you tomorrow .
 Peace and Blessings be upon You All. 

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