This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 26: Multicultural Expressions of Religious Symbols
Multicultural Expressions of Religious Symbols
Recently, two police officers in Portsmouth, Virginia, arrested two women wearing veils in front of a grocery store. The officers reported that the two women looked suspicious and conjectured that they were planning a burglary. The two women explained to the officers that they were Muslim, that their veils were part of their traditional Muslim dress, and asked that they not be touched. Despite their protests the women were body searched by the men, an offense to Muslim women, and later released from jail after the police realized they were innocent. The incident brought about tremendous public protest and needless tension between the police and the local community.
Within the diversity of culture, race, and ...