Investigating Race and the Justice System: Policing

Students will unpack today’s culture of law enforcement’s interaction with communities of color whose origins can be traced back to the era of America’s ‘slave-catching’ days.

TypeTitleNotesDescriptionCategory
VideoReparationsChicago Youth Speak about police brutalityInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Teacher GuideAbout Slavery by Another Name in the Classroom Discussion questionsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonHistorical Perspective: What Was the Intent of the Framers of the 14th Amendment?Lesson explores the legal definition of the 14th AmendmentInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingThe Race Gap in America’s Police DepartmentsRace in Police DepartmentsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingWhat Is Racial Profiling? The Racial Profiling Debate: Are There Pros and Cons? Racial ProfilingInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
VideoSlavery By Another NameSlaveryInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonAbout Slavery by Another Name in the ClassroomSlaveryInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
VideoA historical background of the 14th amendmentSlavery:historical backgroundInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Reading13th, 14th and 15th AmendmentsSlavery:historical backgroundInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonThe Problem With ProfilingStudents explore the issue of racial profiling and post their conclusions to a youth message board.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingThe Black Codes and Why They Matter Today
Their impact on policing and prison in the 21st century
The Black CodesInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonThe Summer of Rage: Lessons from the Riots in Detroit and Newark 50 Years AgoThe Summer of RageInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingStop-and-Frisk: A Brief History of a Controversial Policing ToolThis interactive explainer, produced by Newsbound’s Josh Kalven, explores the evolution of stop-and-frisk policing and the heated legal battles that have long surrounded it.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingEquality Under the Law? Investigating Race and the Justice SystemThis is an anchor lesson for teaching Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING. Lesson includes links to related articles from the New York Times. Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingMike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own upJim Crow LynchingsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonFacing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital AgeUsing Ferguson as a case study, students will explore the media coverage and the protests that followed—driven to a large degree by social media—and learn to become informed and effective civic participants in today’s digital landscape. Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
Reading10 Racist US Supreme Court Rulings10 Racist US Supreme Court RulingsInvestigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
ReadingThe Ferguson SyllabusA group called Sociologists for Justice presents a collection of research studies on racism and policing. They provide important socio-historical context for the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, and the uprising that followed in Ferguson, MO, during August, 2014.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING
LessonExploring Solutions to Address Racial Disparity ConcernsThis lesson will help students reflect on some of the underlying problems and issues that have emerged from the deaths of Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO), Eric Garner (Staten Island, NY) and Tamir Rice (Cleveland, OH), undertake research and present viable solutions. Students will learn more about some of strategies and reforms that have been circulating and will then work in small groups to investigate and present one of these ideas in more depth.Investigating Race and the Justice System: POLICING