Vocabulary Lessons Focusing On Police Brutality Annoy Parents

Some white parents in Ohio are upset about assignment given to students which requires them to fill out with words related to police brutality.

The assignment was titled “Vocabulary-Police Brutality Day 4” and below were given five words and their meanings (Brutality, Merely, Prosecuted, Excessive and Minority in that order). It then followed an incomplete paragraph for the 7th graders to fill in the blanks.

The homework reads: “…The numbers don’t lie; minority people (more so black than Hispanic) experience more violent arrests from police officers than do white people. The unfortunate thing is that most police officers aren’t prosecuted in cases of brutality against them; these cases rarely make it to court and the officers are acquitted of any crime. …

According to reports, the school superintendent Tony Orr told officials that the teacher was only trying to test the students’ ability to critical thinking in discussions about current affairs.

One of the parents wrote saying: “So now they’re teaching kids to be afraid of law enforcement in school? This would irritate me if my child brought this home

Well, this is definitely not about getting kids to be scared of law enforcement, it’s about educating them the realities they have to face as grown-ups. The children need to know the truth about discrimination, violence and injustice; else they will grow and continue to do the same unjust things as it is happening in our societies now.

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