Anti-Arab Discrimination – What Teachers Can Do?
Perhaps the most important first step is to remember to include Arab Americans and the Arab world in your multicultural curriculum. Avoid the standard laundry list — “White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American” — which usually includes Arab Americans as “White” but renders them culturally invisible. Persuade your colleagues and the school/district to make this a matter of policy.
One way to avoid excluding Arab Americans and the Arab world would be for the school and the school district to create an Arab-American category on data forms listing racial and ethnic categories. This would encourage educators to look Federal regulations do allow this, since such data can be re-amalgamated back into the “White” category.