Worst Persons

Worst Persons in the World

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A group of kindergarten students in Houston found themselves on the receiving end of a protest on their first day of school because they attended a bilingual school.

Protesters targeted the Houston Independent School District (HISD) where the children ages 4 to 5 were attending an Arabic immersion program which teaches normal curriculum in the Arabic language for half of the school day.

“Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned from Muslims on 9-11-2001,” one sign read. “Qatar out of our school,” another sign stated. [...]

Protesters told the Houston Chronicle that they don’t have problems with “other immersion schools or with independent Arabic language classes, but said the school was anti-American, and that immigrants should be ‘assimilated.'” The population at the Arabic school is about 30 percent Hispanic, 30 percent white, and 30 percent African American, according to the HISD news blog.

Apparently you're anti-American if you teach the same material as every other school but do so in a bilingual manner.

I doubt children at this age even have a firm grasp of nationality or jingoism, but I suppose they could be indoctrinated by Arabic translations of Reading Rainbow.

I have my suspicions that protesters holding "Qatar out" signs couldn't even locate Qatar on a map or explain in what manner exactly the nation of Qatar has influenced the creation of a bilingual school in Texas.

If they're concerned about the use of slave labor in Qatar, the future host of the World Cup, we may have some common ground.

(photo via Houston Chronicle)

  • Aynwrong

    Ya know, I was watching a news report about Syrian refugees heading to Germany and a 16 year old boy was interviewed and two things occurred to me:
    1) He was so happy and relieved to be leaving. He said he it made him feel safe. We in America have no idea how lucky we are. It makes me feel guilty for every time I’ve complained about my own life.
    2) He spoke perfect English. A 16 year old Syrian refugee heading to Germany speaks perfect English. Speaks. Perfect. English. And in America we have fully grown adults protesting the teaching of other languages to children. That stereotype about “the ugly American,” has more then of colonel truth to it.

    • Christopher Foxx

      FYI, “kernal” of truth. As in a kernel of corn, a small part.

      • RHB

        I had no idea those were different, thanks!

      • Aynwrong

        Whoops. Damn. Thanks for the catch. If I ever change my Disqus name it will have The Colonel of truth.

        • Christopher Foxx


  • muselet

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    These people are proudly, aggressively stupid.


    • Christopher Foxx

      “The American Taliban”

      • muselet

        Yeah, I don’t get that myself.


    • Scopedog

      “These people are proudly, aggressively stupid.”

      True–but the problem is that they vote. Meanwhile, some on our side of the political fence are too busy puffing themselves up with glee because they don’t vote, don’t care to understand how things work in politics, and believing that you vote for one and only one person to magically change everything, and are willing to let things go to shit because in their view, we’ll have a magical utopia arise from the ashes.

      • muselet

        Disheartening and true.


  • captkurt

    What amazes me is, if the Islamic world is such a dangerous foe dedicated to our destruction, wouldn’t it be a good idea to learn their language, so we can defend ourselves, and in all hopes prevent future attacks?

    • fry1laurie

      How badly did the CIA and military push for Arab language training after 9/11, as a National Security measure?

      • Aynwrong

        And then had turn away talented people to wanted to serve their country because some of them were gay. Ahhh the Bush years. God!!! Do I hope the D’s keep the White House.

        • Christopher Foxx

          Also there were the Arab-Americans that the FBI questioned as if they were terrorists and then, when they of course were not, got asked if they’d be willing to help the FBI out. Yeah, can’t imagine why their reaction was more of the “Fuck off.” variety.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    This is so typical:

    “Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned from Muslims on 9-11-2001[.]”

    The person who writes or says that is far, far too stupid to realize that it says far, far more about him than it does about Islam.

    • Christopher Foxx

      “Everything I needed to know about Islam

      Unfortunately the story got the quote wrong. The sign was actually worse:

      Everything I ever cared to know about Islam was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11-2001

      I’m sure he’s being absolutely truthful with that sign. He’s got his ignorant opinion and he’s absolutely dead set against learning anything (like actual facts) that might challenge it.

      He might as well have been standing there with his fingers in his ears going “la la la, can’t hear you”