Bad Hombres, Baskets of Deplorables and the Everyday Language of White Racism

During this week’s presidential debate my social media exploded with commentary about Donald Trump’s use of the term “bad hombres.” Many linguistics immediately saw this as an example of Mock Spani…

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“Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms

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“Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms

Sirad Shirdon

In September, my two nieces began school at a local Montessori school, a far cry from their previous school: a charter school in Columbus with questionable educational quality.The charter school she attended, like many in North Columbus, has a large Somali student population.  In recent years, Somali parents in the US have been increasingly turning to charter schools (typically with large Somali or Muslim populations) to educate their children. In Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the United States, 1 in every 3 Somali children is enrolled in a charter school (Brown, 2012). While such statistics are not available for Columbus, it would seem that the numbers are high. This rejection of mainstream public schools is based on a fear that Somali students are at risk for discrimination…

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