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Survey Finds Muslim Students In California Are Subject To Bullying

Evening Edition

A new survey by the California branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations found that half of the Muslim American students who responded are subject to some form of bullying or bias at school.

Aired 12/19/13 on KPBS News.

A survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found biased-based bullying against Muslim students is occurring in California schools.

The survey was distributed by the group to California mosques, and tried to pinpoint incidents of bias-based bullying like joking about terrorists, clothing or religious practices.

Nearly 500 Muslim students ages 11 to 18 who attend public school responded to the 10-question survey. Only 1 percent of the respondents were from San Diego. The survey found that while Muslim American students have a generally positive experience in schools, there are exceptions.

Council on American-Islamic Relations - California

The CAIR-CA report on the findings of their survey of Muslim students.

Salma Hassane, a junior at La Jolla High School, said she has seen bullying from a teacher.

“It really touches me a lot because it’s not the student who does it. It is the teacher. Which makes it even worse, because when the teacher makes the classroom an okay environment to be bullied, to talk about religion in an inappropriate way, that makes it even worse because now students are free to do it,” Hassane said.

Taha Hassane, an imam at the Islamic Center of San Diego, said many parents come to him with stories of bullying, but some of the incidents don’t get reported.

“Because the majority of our community members are immigrants, and they don’t feel comfortable reporting this,” Hassane said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is currently investigating 80 cases of discrimination that happened in San Diego county this year, including incidents at schools, work, and in public places.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | December 19, 2013 at 7:47 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

"...half of the Muslim American students who responded are subject to some form of bullying or bias at school."

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That is true of every single religion, race, and ethnicity in America.

In fact, just 50% is pretty good. Other groups suffer much more bullying.

I hate to break it to Muslims, but you're not special. You're just like everybody else.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | December 20, 2013 at 12:18 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

CADefender, while I agree with you that bullying is a broad problem that many youth face (not just Muslims), this article is talking about specific bullying because they are Muslim.

The political rhetoric by some who have chosen to link ALL Muslims to the small minority of radicals who want to inflict terrorism on others does not simply air out in a vacuum.

This rhetoric gets picked-up by kids and can create specific prejudices that result in harassment and bullying.

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sdreefer21 | December 20, 2013 at 8:29 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The west will most likely never accept the burka or whatever head gear that adorns their women. Its is not normal by western standards. Acceptance starts with accepting the regions culture even if it is not your own.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | December 20, 2013 at 10:25 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

SDR21,

The Earth's cultures are like 10 gallons of water. American culture is a 1 quart cup (and, by the way, it's for sale). If our "culture" is your ideal, well, have a nice life. A region's peoples should be accepted and respected. Culture crosses gradients actively or passively.

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Avatar for user 'Alex_Grebenshchikov'

Alex_Grebenshchikov | December 20, 2013 at 10:31 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

CaliforniaDefender, I agree with you. Just as many, if not more, Christian students are bullied as well nowadays. The "modern man", or leftist, proclaims himself to be very tolerant and open minded, except for anyone who disagrees with his moral relativism, then he is aggressively eager to trample the rights of the dissenter and stifle their free speech, freedom of religion, and even free thought by trying to remove any form of religion from education and trying to remove any religious symbols (Soledad cross, etc.) from public view.
"...when the teacher makes the classroom an okay environment to be bullied, to talk about religion in an inappropriate way, that makes it even worse because now students are free to do it."
A baker, private business owner, disagrees that homosexuality is morally acceptable, yet a judge orders him to bake a cake for a gay wedding. People are actually trying to make it a hate crime for people to speak against homosexuality. The examples are innumerable.
Peking, you are correct that not all Muslims are terrorists, neither are all Christians Westboro Baptists, etc.
The leftist bullies are the worst bullies of all because they are wolves in sheep's clothing, pretending to be weak and oppressed and playing the victim. They are making society worse, and creating tension between different groups and actually causing hate, bullying and oppression. Or, they are orchestrating all the chaos and tension so that the government has reason to step in and bring order to the mindless sheep, the masses, the useful idiots, believing that some socialistic/communistic utopia is possible. This is precisely the tactic used by some of the worst communist regimes in history. Just leave everyone alone and stop trying to make it the big government's job to protect people from getting their feelings hurt. Protect human life, protect freedom of religion, protect freedom of speech. Let everyone live how they wish.

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | December 20, 2013 at 11:04 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

DLR while morally you stand correct and I happen to agree with you. What actually happens is a very different thing. Our culture lets just call it "western culture" is a bench mark for many. So while it may only be 1 quart. That is one concentrated quart is it not? The guise of personal freedom riddled in capitalistic greed and corrupt politicians; no different from communism, socialism, or what ever ism your country may be. It is still a good idea to try and fit in.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | December 20, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

SDR21,

Agreed: It's always a good idea to fit in or at least try. American culture has many virtues, just like the world's other cultures.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | December 20, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

"That is true of every single religion, race, and ethnicity in America.

In fact, just 50% is pretty good. Other groups suffer much more bullying.

I hate to break it to Muslims, but you're not special. You're just like everybody else. "

How do I guess if the student sitting next to me is a Catholic or a Protestant when he/she looks like me? More inanity from from CA Off.

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