Resolution No. ________

Condemning violence and hate speech, expressing support for Muslim students and those perceived as Muslims

 

Adopted by the [NAME OF JURISDICTION] Board of Education [Date]:

 

 

WHEREAS the United States was founded by immigrants, many fleeing religious persecution, who enshrined freedom of religion as one of our nation’s fundamental legal and ethical principles; and

 

WHEREAS there are more than 3 million Muslims living in the United States today, and approximately _____ living in the city of __________ , making invaluable contributions to our economy, our social and political life, and our culture; and

 

WHEREAS discrimination on the basis of religion, and against Muslims and those perceived as Muslims in particular, is deeply embedded within our country’s long history of racism and xenophobia; and

 

WHEREAS there has been an unprecedented backlash since 9/11 in the form of hate crimes and employment discrimination toward Arab and Muslim Americans and those perceived as Muslims; and

 

WHEREAS Arab and Muslim Americans, and those perceived as Muslims, are frequently the targets of abusive and discriminatory police practices sanctioned by the state including surveillance in their neighborhoods and places of worship; and

 

WHEREAS the recent escalation of hateful rhetoric against Muslims, those perceived as Muslims, immigrants, and people of color is especially harmful to children, as it has a negative impact on their psychological well-being, the health of their peer relationships, and their ability to thrive in school; and

 

WHEREAS Muslim students, and those perceived as Muslims, across the country have reported instances of bullying and disproportionate school discipline on account of their religion and/or race; and

 

WHEREAS there are approximately [___] Muslim students in the [NAME OF JURISDICTION] school district who contribute in numerous ways to the vitality of the learning environment, and whose parents form an integral part of their school communities; and

 

WHEREAS providing a safe school environment that ensures both the physical and emotional safety of students and staff creates the conditions necessary to foster academic achievement; and

 

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of schools to educate students about the social, cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States, to promote awareness of a wide range of religious and cultural traditions, and to teach students to think critically about their own biases; and

 

WHEREAS we, as the leaders of the [NAME OF JURISDICTION] School District have a responsibility to ensure that all of our students are supported in their academic and personal development:

 

Now therefore be it resolved, that the [NAME OF JURISDICTION] –

 

(1)   Condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Muslims, those perceived as Muslims, immigrants and people of color;

 

(2)   Commits to fostering a school environment that promotes respect for and curiosity about all religions and cultures, affirms the equal humanity of all members of the community, and rejects all forms of bullying and discrimination;

 

(3)   Commits to instituting school policies and setting an educational curriculum that reflects the values expressed in this resolution via training of staff and teachers, the inclusion of diverse resources to supplement in-class curricula, and the creation of safe spaces for students to address school-based bullying.