Oh Shut Up!

This is one of those stories where, I hope anyway, you read it and just say to yourself, “you’ve got to be kidding!”

It seems that the mother of a Muslim grade 5 student in Edmonton is very upset because the new issue of a booklet used to teach students about current events had the nerve to run a story about the recent plot to blow up commercial airplanes that was discovered by British authorities. The people behind the publication, called “What in the World?”, had the unmitigated gall to mention in their article that all of the suspects arrested in connection with the plot were Muslim which, at least last I heard, they were.

But that doesn’t matter to Sabah Fares, who says that her daughter felt like “running away” when the story was used in her class because she is the only Muslim there.

“I don’t blame her,” Fares said. “This is what I’m going to do if everybody is looking at me like ‘Oh, they did it,'”

I don’t know about any of you, but I think this might be a good time for someone to call a waambulance.

I know through experience that there’s discrimination out there, and I know that people, especially children, can be really, really mean sometimes. But to sit there and say that the authors of a news article are stereotyping your people by presenting the facts is just flat out ridiculous, there’s no other way to say it. If that were the case, why not go after CBC or CTV or any of the thousands of other media outlets who because it happens to be their job, told the same damn story? The people you have to worry about aren’t the people who wrote the story or the teacher who decided to use it. The ones you should be concerned with are the ones who A are ignorant enough to look at all Muslims and say “oh, they did it” and B your fellow Muslims who were ignorant enough to try to blow up airplanes to prove a point. Attacking a school for teaching kids about news that you don’t happen to like won’t get anybody anywhere unless your ultimate goal is to shield your child and others from the world. If anything, maybe you should be happy that stories like this are getting out. Perhaps if we teach kids from an early enough age that violence in the name of peace is fucking retarded no matter what colour or faith you are, maybe a few generations from now we’ll have taken some serious steps towards stamping out the idea that such a thing is acceptable. I know it sounds crazy, but it worked on slavery, so anything’s possible.

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