Just so you can understand where I am coming from, I am an American highschool junior who is athiest, but my father's side of the family is Jewish and I do think of it as more of a heritage thing than just a religion.
In US history last thursday, we were watching a video on holocaust during which a few people started laughing. Okay that's fine freedom of speech or whatever. Bit dissapointing that they'd laugh at that sort of thing...oh well.
Afterward,when people started to mill about the classroom and the techer was done for the day, they went up to the whiteboard and drew a swastika. A few people stared a couple of people gasped. They were really just looking for attention imho. Next they drew the Star of David next to it which sort of seemed okay. They then circled the swasika several times and began drawing stereotypical caricatures of Jews below it.
Bell rang, teacher noticed and commented that that was "interesting" and class was dissmissed.
A friend and I are going to talk to administration to see what can be done to prevent things like that or at least punish people who would be so insensitive.
That was fairly insulting to me but it was like a pinprick when compared to what happened the next day.
The next day class opened with the teacher asking the class to write opinions on a thought question followed by class discussion of that question. The question was intended to bring issues from WWII to a more modern setting and asked what the US should do if a boat carrying 936 freedom-fighters from Libya showed up on US shores intending to take refuge in the US, accept unconditionally, background checks to 'ensure' not terrorists, or send them back(refering to the St. Louis)? Within minutes of the discussion starting people began to say things like "they're Muslims so how do we know they're not terrorists?" and "Why would we let terrorists into America?" and "Muslim terrorist groups did 9/11, how do we know these people don't want to destroy America?"
Two friends and I spent most of the time interjecting with attempts to provide actual factual information and counter any anti-Muslim argument with analogous situations like comparing these anti-Muslim sentiments with equating all white Americans with the KKK (which was met with people saying things like "How is that even related?") One person started saying how Muslims are terrible because of female circumcision and how "Muslimism" is a violent religion that rewards people for doing things like terrorism.
My friends and I, appaled at the amount of misinformation and general stupidity in the room (abd wanting to punch several persons very very hard), left to go work on stuff in the hall.A few minutes later the teacher came ut and thanked us for being vocal with our beliefs even against such opposition and commented on how she found it to be an appaling discussion thanks, in part, to her having an Arab husband (which she said she would never tell the rest of the class) and how she had wanted to see what people had thought about that sort of issue.
I asked if I could draw the coexist logo thing on the board and the teacher said that it really wouldn't do much but it would be a nice contrast to the day before. So, after we came back into the class and during the few minutes before the bell rang, I did. As people walked past U was suprised to hear them call me things like "faggot" and saying that it was "just a discussion".
Wow that took a long time... I'm going to edit that giant block of text later but until then do you have any stories to tell? Anything that can be done to show that this sort of thing is not okay?