Minnesota public school parents get “Equity Survey” from Muslim group that warns against “Christian Privilege”
July 9, 2019
By Robert Spencer
Reprinted from: JIHAD WATCH
There may be a genuine problem of racism in the Eastern Carver County school district; however, the school district has hired a company, the Culturally Responsive School Leadership Institute (CRSLI), which is headed by a Muslim anti-Semite. The “Equity Survey” that the CRSLI sent out appears to be attempting to claim protected victim status for minority students, which could lead to their being excused for all manner of misbehavior.
What’s more, a propagandist for the “Islamophobia” myth, Muhammad Khalifa, calls himself the CEO of CRSLI. He is also the CEO of Ajusted [sic] Equity Solutions, which sent out the Equity Survey. He also runs the CRSLA (Culturally Responsive School Leadership Academy). It doesn’t seem as if the “Islamophobia and Christian Privilege” document, which you can read in full here, was sent out by the Eastern Carver County school district or is being implemented there. However, Eastern Carver Schools Superintendent Clint Christopher said this about the “Equity Survey” that was sent out: “This audit was contracted by the school district and Dr. (Muhammad) Khalifa and his team are working under that contract.”
Muhammad Khalifa is the author of the “Islamophobia and Christian Privilege” document, which calls upon educators to:
- Recognize that Islamophobia is one of the most widespread, rapidly-growing, and tolerated types of oppression in school and society today.
- Craft anti-oppression policies that protect the rights of Muslim students.
- Identify discourses and practices of Christian privilege and White privilege.
- Know that Christian Privilege is not only having major Christian holidays off, Sundays off, and Christian trappings in school;
- Rather, Christian Privilege can encompass much more complex issues such as: community vs. individual epistemologies, approaches to learning, purpose of education, and even sources of and what counts as knowledge.
- Institutionalize practices in your school that constantly. [sic]
- Recognize that Islamophobia can be connected to Muslims (people) or Islam (beliefs):
- Muslims are seen as subhuman, irrational, violent, or backward;
- Islamic beliefs are seen as antiquated (fossilized), illogical, incompatible with non-Muslim beliefs, or secular practices.
No reasonable and thoughtful individual will see Muslims as subhuman, or irrational, violent, or backward. Khalifa’s claim, however, that it is a manifestation of “Islamophobia” and “Christian Privilege” to think that Islamic beliefs are “incompatible with non-Muslim beliefs, or secular practices,” he is attempting to foreclose upon honest analysis of the root causes of jihad violence and Sharia oppression in Islamic texts and teachings.
This is yet another attempt to silence all critical examination of Islam in relation to that violence and oppression, and clearly Khalifa and his comrades are trying to push this to public schools. In Minnesota, the parents who received the “Equity Survey” are pushing back. Their objections to the anti-Semitism of Sherief Elabbady, however, will likely also be ascribed to “racism” and “Islamophobia.”
“MN Parents Sent ‘Equity Survey’ from Anti-Trump, Anti-Israel Activist,” Deplorable Housewives of the Midwest, June 7, 2019:
Recently, parents in Minnesota’s Eastern Carver County school district received an “Equity Survey” via email from a company called the Culturally Responsive School Leadership Institute (CRSLI). The timing of the survey was interesting as the email landed in parents’ inboxes on May 30th, right before the close of the school year, when parents are busy with end-of-year school details.
The survey was sent in response to a petition that is circulating around the school district asking that more be done to combat racism in Eastern Carver County schools.
According to a report from KARE-TV, the school district has experienced several racist incidents including a middle-school student discovering the “N-word” scribbled on his shirt in December. In April, two white students were accused of placing faces of black students on a Google map and labeled the area on the map with the words “Negro Hill.” Other students were accused of wearing blackface at a football game, and another student wearing blackface was printed in the school’s yearbook.
The email along with the survey was sent out by Sherief Elabbady, who was listed on the CRSLI website as Chief Operating Officer, up until a few days ago. His photo and bio have since been removed from the website shortly after this article was published. The letter accompanying the email reads, “You have been invited to participate in a survey that will ultimately improve education in your district. The survey is titled: Eastern Carver County Public School Equity Audit. The survey should take approximately an hour of your time. To participate, please click on the button below.” It is signed by the “District Administrators and Research Team.”
Some parents who reached out to us questioned if the school district even had the authority to give their email addresses to a third party for school communications.
The survey contains 100 questions. Some of the questions contain grammatical errors and many of the questions appear to be based on feelings rather than facts and would be difficult for the average parent to answer. For example, one of the questions asks, “How many minority students, if any, do you think want to attend college?” Another question asks “Do you think teacher’s expectations for minority students [sic] higher or lower than their expectations for white students?” How can any parent answer these questions without knowing the individual situations, thoughts and intentions held by each teacher or minority student in the district? Here’s a sampling of some of other questions asked of parents on the survey:
Imagine if a question similar to #45 above was asked, “How capable, if at all, do you think teachers of color in this school are at teaching white students?” There would be cries of “racism” and “bigotry”. With this survey, the “equity” all goes in one direction.
Some of the questions on the survey are clumsily phrased, and some questions assume that parents in the district know who has money and who doesn’t. For example, question #33 reads, “Do you think the achievement of students from wealthy families [sic] higher or lower than the achievement of students from poor families in this school?”
Who is the CRSLI and why were they hired? We reached out to Eastern Carver Schools Superintendent Clint Christopher and asked him if the company was thoroughly vetted by the school district, what was the vetting process and how many other school districts in the State of Minnesota have hired the services of CRSLI.
Christopher told The Deplorable Housewives of the Midwest the school district will pay $26,125 a year over two years – a total of $52,250 for the services of CRSLI to conduct an equity survey in a school district that is 86.5% white.
We asked Christopher if the school district had the permission of the parents to give their private email addresses to a third party. Christopher responded, “This audit was contracted by the school district and Dr. (Muhammad) Khalifa and his team are working under that contract, so necessary information was shared in order to do this work on our behalf.”…
The CEO of CRSLI is Dr. Muhammad Khalifa. In a May 20th Eastern Carver School Board meeting video, Dr. Khalifa gave a presentation on CRSLI, and told board members, “There’s a process of unlearning that has to occur with school leaders to create space in their head and be able to relearn how to do things differently.”
School leaders need to unlearn and relearn? Is this some kind of indoctrination or brainwashing?
A photo of Dr. Khalifa speaking at a Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America’s convention in Chicago appears on his Facebook page. According to the Explanatory Memorandum of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Circle of North America is listed 26th among the 29 affiliate organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. The Explanatory Memorandum of the Muslim Brotherhood was written in 1991 by a member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and outlined a strategic plan in the United States that involved “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” Why would he be associated with a group that has been tied to the Muslim Brotherhood?
Sherief Elabbady, the Chief Operating Officer of CRSLI – who sent out the email to parents in the school district – has since scrubbed his anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian social media posts. The link to his Facebook page now reads Abu Maryam and all of his past posts no longer exist.
Not only was Elabbady the COO of CRSLI, but he is also a left-wing activist. He was the organizer of a large protest against President Trump at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport on January 29, 2017 after the President instituted a temporary restriction on immigration so the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security could make the vetting process of refugees more rigorous in an attempt to protect the United States of America and its citizens….