After studying the Holocaust and Jim Crow, these 5th graders hand-made anti-hate posters for Muslims in NYC

Michelle Reyf

I’m at the United Nations International School in New York, about to talk to the 5th graders about anti-Muslim hate speech and violence. One of the teachers asks, “What is prejudice?” and hands fly into the air. “When you think something about someone without evidence.” For the record, I didn’t know that was the definition of prejudice but it was perfect context for my slide about how Donald Trump said “I think Islam hates us” that morning. Here’s a copy of my slides if you’re curious. The kids, who were learning about the Holocaust and the American Civil Rights Movement, understood that the same thing happening then was happening now – hatred, prejudice, and discrimination. Armed with markers and paper and hearts full of compassion, they made inspiring anti-hate posters for Muslim organizations, community centers, and mosques around the city. Here they are.


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