Tag: xenophobia

SPLC Election 2016 Resources

Teaching Tolerance, an educational resource of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), created an excellent, broad online resource for the 2016 Election. While the format is geared towards professional educators, the material is rich enough to merit everyone’s time.

The resource is divided into several subject areas: Countering Bias; Civic Activities; Getting Along; How To (or, how teachers can cover the election in class); and Election Sites. Every section mixes research, media, storytelling, activities, direct action, and much more—in short, there are a number of entry points for users. Post-Election Day, the Election Sites section may seem of less use, but it still deserves attention, given the current level of interest and attention upon the election process.

The entire Teaching Tolerance project, which has been in existence since 1991, is remarkable and worth your time. The site is updated regularly, so it is worth bookmarking, adding to your RSS feed, etc. And, of course, the SPLC is very deserving of your support.

What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment

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Artist and illustrator Maeril published this excellent comic instructional detailing how to intervene when witnessing Islamophobic harassment in late August 2016. Within days of Election 2016, the comic found a new life on social media.

Anyone with an ounce of empathy will note that the technique demonstrated here can be applied to any number of types of harassment. Maeril concedes this point, but notes the comic focuses specifically on Muslims in France, where Islamophobia is experiencing a considerable surge.Sadly, this is also the case here in the States; the section of the FBI report on victims of hate crimes in 2015 is here.