The school is dominated by students of color; only about 20% are white, according to the latest demographics. And it's an "international student body" with "over 50 different languages ... from more than 70 countries."
And last Monday, more than 500 graduates gathered with their caps and gowns — and folks got a taste of what the school apparently is all about.
For starters, about 25 minutes into the ceremony, the class president recited the Pledge of Allegiance — which she called "the nation's anthem" — and used the phrase "one nation under Allah," which caused a bit of a stir in the aftermath.
Then came a strident keynote address from Abrar Omeish — the lone Muslim member of the Fairfax County School Board — who told graduates they're entering a world full of "racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, [and] white supremacy." Her speech begins just before the ceremony's one-hour mark.
At one point — speaking to students apparently in Arabic — Omeish uttered the word "jihad" after she had urged them in English to "be reminded of the details of your struggle." In Arabic, "jihad" means "struggle" but also has been tied closely to radical Islam.
But mostly she urged students to live up to their legacies as "the justice class of 2021" since they were "made for something different" and "something bigger" — in other words, to cause "good trouble" as they live as woke activists.
"Social justice is only political for those who can afford to ignore it," Omeish added to the students, emphasizing that "'neutral' is another word for 'complicit.'"
The Daily Wire reported that the student government president introduced Omeish by highlighting that she was "Virginia co-chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign" and that her father, Esam Omeish, was a "leader and a board member of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center" who "raised his daughter to be an outspoken woman." Omeish noted that her dad was in the crowd, the outlet said.
The outlet added that two 9/11 hijackers and the 2009 Fort Hood killer attended the Dar al-Hijrah mosque — and that its American-born imam was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who was killed under former President Barack Obama for his connection to terrorism.
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In her introduction, the student leader said Omeish faced "hatred for speaking truth to power about the Palestinian experience" but "continues to overcome and be an example so that young leaders like us will do the same."
The introduction from a student also stated that "two years ago [Omeish's] civil rights were violated by the police due to her appearance: she was attacked and discriminated against." That entire incident is on video, which shows that an officer pulled over her car after watching her run a red light from a distance, from which her appearance was not visible. She repeatedly refused to show her license and then refused to get out of the car, leading to her arrest.
Here's a snippet of Omeish's nearly 30-minute speech:
School board member urges high schoolers to remember jihad as they enter a world of white supremacyyoutu.be