Local kids work to end Islamophobia

January 6, 2017
in Kids

When controversy over a proposed mosque swept David Baker’s community last year, the Mukilteo middle-schooler decided to take action. A mailing by a local man suggested the mosque might make residents less safe. But Baker, an interfaith activist, disagreed. “I was thinking that it (the mosque) would actually promote diversity, would help people learn about Muslims and lower Islamophobia,” says Baker, 13, who is Christian. “So my mom and dad suggested I write a letter to the editor, and I did, and it got posted in the paper.” The letter in the Mukilteo Beacon opened with, “The fears that people have about Muslims are untrue and hurtful” and argued that many Americans need to go beyond their often false assumptions about Islam. Now Baker is using his experience to help other youth in our region speak out. He’ll be participating in, and speaking at, a four-hour workshop to help middle- and high-school students use the media to fight Islamophobia in their own communities. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00Playback Rate1 Chapters Chapters descriptions off, selected Descriptions subtitles off, selected Subtitles captions settings, opens captions settings dialog captions off, selected CaptionsAudio TrackFullscreen This is a modal window. Captions Settings Dialog Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window. Text Color White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan Transparency Opaque Semi-Opaque Background Color Black White Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan Transparency Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window Color Black White Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan Transparency Transparent Semi-Transparent Opaque Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None...

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