The National Education Association has released Racial Profiling Curriculum and Resources in response to the death of Michael Brown.
It was developed by a group including the NAACP, Not In Our Town/Not in Our School, Teaching Tolerance/Southern Poverty Law Center, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Human Rights Educators of the USA (HRE-USA) Network and Facing History and Ourselves.
Lesson plans include “tips for youth on how to interact during encounters with law enforcement.”
Racial profiling is defined as “the suspicion of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or other immutable characteristics, rather than on evidence-based suspicious behavior.”
. . . in schools, profiling is evidenced by the disproportionate number of Black and Latino students who are suspended and expelled. Frequently, Muslim students and their families are profiled as “terrorists;” and Spanish-speaking students and their families are profiled as “illegals.”
“The NEA and its fellow travelers are presenting a one-sided, propagandistic view of an exceptionally complicated issue,” writes Checker Finn.
The NEA has developed lesson plans on everything from Black History Month to National Popcorn Month, Finn writes. “When they stray into hot-button adult controversies, let the user beware.”