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Officials address racial tensions in Minnesota

Sep 04, 2010 | In Arab News and Politics | No Comments

Being a teenager is hard enough. Fighting with your parents, working hard at school and trying to fit in is no easy task. Being a Muslim girl or boy growing up in a secular society may be even tougher. But, when intolerance is added to the mix, having a pleasant high school experience may be borderline impossible.

The Minnesota chapter on the Council of American-Islamic Relations recently contacted that U.S. Department of Education to request they step in to address the racial tension that has been plaguing public schools in the state.

According to reports filed by the group, Muslim students in the state were called racial slurs, subjected to racist essays written by other students and posted for display, and harassed by bus drivers who would drive away without them yelling "Catch me if you can."

"It is clear that racial and religious tensions in the community have manifested in the schools and need to be addressed immediately," CAIR-MN
Assistant Director of Civil Rights Zahra Aljabri said in a press release. "Students of all faiths and backgrounds in Minnesota must have a learning environment free of racism and intolerance."

We hope this issue is addressed as soon as possible. Teenagers should have their minds on school and dating, not dealing with the hatred sanctioned in their classrooms. ADNFCR-3193-ID-19712776-ADNFCR

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