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The Campaign to End Racial Profiling (National Education Association)

Earlier this year, Not in Our Town and Not in Our School were invited to join a coalition with Teaching Tolerance, the NAACP, the National Education Association, Facing History and Ourselves, the American Federation of Teachers and other groups to develop curriculum materials on standing up to racial profiling.

This piece from our partners at the National Education Association details the campaign and our shared resources that can be used in your classroom.  

Campaign to End Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is the suspicion of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or other immutable characteristics, rather than on evidence-based suspicious behavior. Racial profiling is often paired with potentially negative action. Each of us can engage in stereotyping and profiling. However, when those with power and/or authority engage in this behavior, there can be devastating consequences—as we saw in circumstances surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Although profiling is often associated with law enforcement policies and practices, it occurs in many different settings. For example, 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.”
On Father’s Day 2012, NEA joined civil rights, education, faith, labor, and community groups in a Silent March down 5th Avenue in New York City to protest “Stop-and-Frisk” policies. Each year, NYC police stop hundreds of thousands of people and subject them to interrogation and search. The vast majority are Black and Latino boys, ages 14–18. For example, Black boys and men, ages 14–24, were stopped 168,126 times in 2011— that exceeds the total number of Black men and boys living in NYC. Nine out of 10 people stopped are totally innocent, meaning that they are neither arrested not ticketed.
The National Education Association (NEA) is a Partner in The Campaign to End Racial Profiling
  • Find curriculum guides, resources, campaign details and updates.
  • Download “know your rights” pocket cards for students.
  • Take our online survey to share your experiences and identify how educators can help end racial profiling.
  • Be on the lookout for information about an upcoming NEA Webinar for Educators on Racial Profiling (Late Fall 2012).

Campaign to End Racial Profiling partners


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