Bullies Among Us

Posted: February 13, 2016 in Articles
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According to a survey done by CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), 64% of Muslim students in America that were surveyed experience bullying of some type. Young women have had their hijabs pulled or touched, which they find offensive, and Muslim students also said that they experienced discrimination against themselves by teacher or administrators. How they were discriminated against was not made at all clear by the article.

Obviously, any type of bullying to any person is unfortunate, and yet, a lot of people have to deal with it. It was eventually determined through a meeting that the solution to the bullying of the Muslims was to teach the non-Muslim students more about the Muslims. More specifically, non-Muslim students should be taught about Muslim contributions to various sciences.

Is this the right solution? I just fail to see how this would resolve the issue. Kids don’t bully other kids because they think their kind hasn’t contributed anything to the world. Some kids bully other kids because they are just mean.

When they say, “Fatty, fatty, two by four, can’t fit through the bathroom door, ” should we teach those kids more about fat people? How about calling others “Four-eyes”, “Bean pole”, and “Ching-chong Charlie” ? Is the solution to teach them about the contributions of eye-glass-wearing, skinny, and Asian people?

I’m not sure what the school hopes to accomplish with this maneuver, because people are people and some people are not very nice. Everyone has been bullied, not just some. Everyone has been bullied at some point in their lives. Adults can also be bullied, not just students. It is a part of being human, in my opinion.

I do agree, however, that no one should lay a finger on another person unless that person wants them to, so grabbing at someone’s garb goes over the line.

Basically, all people should be respectful of others. No special groups, no special treatment because let’s face it – there are just too many groups to divide the population into. People should respect all other people except those people who show themselves unworthy of respect.

Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thinktank/Jehron-Muhammad-students-on-being-muslim.html

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