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Examples of hate crimes against Arab Americans in this report are those that were reported to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), but the actual number of hate crimes and incidents of discrimination far exceeds those reported. As the report shows, Arab American civil rights were increasingly threatened in 1996-97 by the Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows the use of secret evidence against individuals accused of supporting terrorist organizations. The airport profiling system of the Federal Aviation Administration and new immigration laws also threaten the civil rights of Arab Americans. Case summaries in this report include 22 hate crime instances, 55 cases of discrimination on the job, 30 cases of harassment at airports, and 22 cases of discrimination by local or federal government agencies. These sample the types of complaints received, but do not reflect the actual number of complaints. The ADC has also received numerous complaints of discriminatory attitudes by teachers, bias in textbooks, and disparate treatment of Arab American and Muslim students. (See especially Section 5: Education and Textbooks (p.45-47)). Instances of biased curricula and discriminatory attitudes by teachers can be found at a variety of levels within the educational system. The challenge for educators is to include Arab Americans in their multicultural perspective and to teach about Arab culture and Islam as an integral part of world civilization. (SLD)

Descriptors: Arabs, Civil Rights, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Discrimination, Federal Legislation, Hate Crime, Immigrants, Immigration, Islamic Culture, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Teacher Attitudes, Textbook Content

Author: American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Washington, DC.


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