San Diego schools launch effort against Islamophobia
SAN DIEGO | The San Diego Unified School District — one of the nation’s largest — has launched a campaign against Islamophobia, drawing both praise and criticism.
The multiyear plan includes a letter addressing Islamophobia to staff and parents of its 132,000 students. It’s expected to be drafted and sent before Ramadan begins in late May.
The district also is reviewing internal staff calendars to make sure Muslim holidays are recognized.
The plan drew little attention when the board approved it 4-0 on April 4, with one member absent. Public comments from staff and community members were uniformly positive.
Pushback gradually spread on the internet and social media, with written attacks on Islam and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
A Sunday article on the far-right website Breitbart News drew hundreds of reader comments. The headline of a story on the Angry Patriot website that had 35,000 Facebook “likes” read, “Islamic Takeover CONFIRMED — American School Surrenders to SHARIA LAW.”