Challenge Islamophobia with Education

Islamophobia is getting worse. We need a liberatory grassroots educational response that raises consciousness and moves people to action.

Hate crimes against Muslims were up a frightening 91% in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016. A a recent survey found that 42% of Muslims reported bullying of their school-aged children.

If we want to reverse these trends, we need to raise consciousness and move people to action. Let’s give teachers and students new stories that connect Islamophobia to anti-Black and anti-immigrant racism.

Teaching for Change is excited to announce a new project called, “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide.” Rather than focusing on details of Islamic beliefs and rituals, our lessons and related professional development will make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black racism and anti-immigrant racism, investigating the history of Muslims in the U.S. from the 17th century to the present. The project will create, pilot, and distribute six lessons on Islamophobia that raise consciousness and move people to action.

The first lesson, Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity, is complete and has been successfully piloted. The lesson consists of a meet and greet activity, with each student assigned a short half-page biography of one of 25 Black Muslims who lived in the U.S. from colonization to the present.

With your support, we will create six lessons on Islamophobia and share them in teacher workshops throughout the U.S.:

  • A Black Muslim Meet-and-Greet: Filling the textbook gaps
  • What is Islamophobia? A gallery walk
  • Inside the Islamophobia Industry: A role play
  • Solving a Shared History Mystery: Islamophobia, anti-immigrant and anti-Black racism
  • Who Speaks for Muslim Women? A debate on gender and Islamophobia
  • Imagining Justice: Anti-Islamophobia activism

We will host workshops for at least 400 teachers, impacting tens of thousands of students, and all lessons will be downloadable to anyone at no cost.

Alison Kysia is leading this project. She wrote the popular article for our “If We Knew Our History” series: A People’s History of Muslims in the United States, as well as Congo, Coltan, and Cell Phones: A People’s HistoryThe Green Feather Movement, and Bashing Howard Zinn: A Critical Look at One of the Critics.

Please give today to help us challenge Islamophobia.


Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 |

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