Police

June 24, 2017
  To the Teacher   Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, changed the conversation about race, racism, and incarceration in the United…
May 3, 2015
To the Teacher: Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore resident, was arrested by police on April 12, 2015.  He suffered a spinal injury while in police custody, and died from his injuries a week…
March 15, 2015
To the Teacher: On the night of Wednesday, March 11, 2015, protesters once again gathered outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police headquarters.  Having spent eight months calling for changes in …
December 29, 2014
Background for the Teacher On December 20, 2014, police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were on patrol in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant.  According to reports, at 2:47 in the…
December 15, 2014
  Only rarely does a teachable moment come along that is as powerful as the one we're in right now. Ever since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, teachers have been encouraging their…
December 11, 2014
To the teacher:   This lesson includes two parts. In Part 1, students review the facts about the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.  In Part 2, students break into small groups to discuss six…
December 6, 2014
To the teacher:   On December 3, 2014, a Staten Island, NY, grand jury decided not to file criminal charges against white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July chokehold death of Eric Garner.…
November 25, 2014
Your students may find it helpful to share their thoughts and feelings about the news from Ferguson, Missouri.  This kind of sharing is often a useful way to begin a deeper exploration of difficult…
August 21, 2014
To the teacher:  The set of activities below can be used in either a classroom workshop or circle format. To learn about the circle process, see this TeachableMoment introduction. To find out more…
December 6, 2013
To the Teacher:  Is the practice known as "stop and frisk" a legitimate tool of law enforcement, or does it result in a form of racial profiling in which people of color are considered suspicious…