A World With No Labels

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In 8th grade social studies we’ve begun to read The Day The World Ended At Little Bighorn. It is about the history of the Lakotas. They are a Native American tribe who lived in the area now known today as the Dakotas (South Dakota and North Dakota).

And although we may think calling Lakotas Native American is political correctness, author James Marshall III would disagree. “We prefer our tribal names,” he declared early on in his book. Marshall went on to dismiss anything else as labels. His point forced us to think about stereotypes and labeling groups. Will we get to a point where we won’t need to generalize or will we need continue to be comfortable with labels involuntarily giving to others by others. Imagine a world with no labels….

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The Basketball Season is HERE!

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The basketball season is here, and ARA is ready to be take on the competition! The 2015-2016 WNY Youth Muslim Basketball League begins THIS WEEK! Anyone who wants to play and who is in grades 5 – 8, or who has graduated from ARA, tryouts are this Friday from 5:30 – 6:30, at 109 Ridge Road. SEASON BEGINS 11/14/15. This season we have new teams for every level, a new level (high school) and a new gym facility (the Crescent Village community center). Parents, please support the 1st all-Muslim youth basketball league in WNY by allowing children to come to games, come to live games and donate at GoFundMe: Save the Kids Through Sports

Note: your participation in the tryouts acts as a liability waiver in the case of an unforeseeable accident.