From the show Cops getting canceled to politicians embracing a defunding of police to crowds in the streets chanting, “All cops are bastards,” America’s seen a great transition of perspective on the men and women in blue.
Expect that to trickle on down ’til it can’t trickle anymore.
Swimming in the downstream, at Grove Elementary School in the Seattle area, second graders recently got a lesson in law enforcement.
As reported by KTTH770, a few months ago, parents were told to watch an animated video at home with their 7-year-olds. Later in the week, the young tykes would take part in a virtual class discussion.
The cartoon — titled Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice — unspools an awful tale: A white policeman shoots an unarmed black man.
Through the eyes of two children — a white girl and black boy — the viewer learns about equality.
Also gleaned: Racist cops game a corrupt system amid immoral attacks on black people.
When the girl asks why the man was fired upon, her sister replies, “It wasn’t a mistake. The cops shot him because he was black.”
By contrast, the girls’ mother notes it was a mistake, but “a mistake that is part of a pattern.”
As for the little boy, his father assures him the officer “won’t go to jail.”
And that’s all because — to be clear — “Cops stick up for each other.”
“And they don’t like black men.”
The boy inquires, “What if it was a white man in the car?”
Dad lays it out:
“They probably wouldn’t have even stopped the car.”
The little girl’s mom explains police pathology:
“[T]his pattern is being nice to white people and mean to black people.”
In addition, she finds out about slavery.
“Did our family do those bad things a long time ago?” [she asked].
“Yes,” answered her mother. “Back then, many white people thought that they were better than black people, even though it wasn’t true.”
[Her sister] added: “Some white people still think most black men and boys are dangerous even though they’re not.”
Not everyone was crazy for the video. In fact, two parents complained.
As a result, the assignment was pulled. However, as explained by Director of Communications, Engagement, and Outreach Jodi Runyon, the teacher had no “ill intent.”
“There really isn’t a story here,” she insisted to KTTH. “Essentially, its a non-story.”
Furthermore, Jodi pointed out the situation occurred “toward the end of the last semester, when the school wasn’t just trying to figure out how to deal with the pandemic, but trying to figure out how to address social injustice.”
Is an address appropriate, given the maturity and understanding of second graders?
Regardless of the aim, I’d guess there are now some 7-year-olds in Marysville, Washington who are absolutely terrified of police.
And of the world.
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