Monday, September 11, 2017

York school board pledges to fight hate head on

Who has benefited from anti-Semitism?
One year ago, the York Region District School Board was reeling from complaints of anti-Black racism, Islamophobia and a mass exodus of senior staff amidst accusations the board was “anti-equity.”

But this year, the board is determined to fight hate head on.

As students and staff returned to school last week, the board says it is actively working to “change the narrative,” to correct last year’s mistakes and to address the hateful rhetoric and graffiti that has turned up at York schools over the summer.

In the first few days of school, board administrators sent a letter to staff and home with 123,000 students promising to work to make schools “safe, caring and inclusive spaces for everyone,” and urged the community to “take a strong stance against all forms of hate.”

“We cannot predict what will happen in the future, but we know that it is essential that we are prepared to talk and listen to our colleagues and to our students in a manner that is thoughtful and respectful,” says a letter signed by board chair Loralea Carruthers and interim board director Kathi Wallace.

“We must be both committed and prepared to name anti-Semitism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and all forms of hate whenever and however they are expressed. Staying silent about incidents of hate and intolerance is not an option.”

Carruthers said the joint letter was a way for the board to let community members know they can talk about their fears and concerns openly, in light of events south of the border and closer to home.  (more...)

It has its work cut out:

So, what's the pay-off?

Allegedly, Richard Nixon opened the immigration floodgates to Nazis to counter the Jewish vote, which was solidly Democrat.  The Bushes did the same with the Muslim Brotherhood. Has Canadian society been engineered to negate the Jews, as it has south of the border?

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