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Police Officers Were Compared To Slave Owners And KKK Members In An Assignment At A Texas School

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An assignment given to students at a Texas school included a political cartoon comparing police officers to slave owners and Klu Klux Klan members, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The cartoon reportedly depicted five scenes, allegedly starting with a slave ship officer who was kneeling on a black man’s neck and ending with a police officer kneeling on a black man’s neck with text saying “I can’t breathe,” the Star-tribune reported.

The assignment was reportedly given to social studies students at Cooper Junior High within the Wylie Independent School District, to the north of Dallas, Texas.

“In hindsight, we say that they could have picked a more balanced approach,” Wylie Independent School District spokesperson Ian Halperin said, the Star-Telegram reported. “Editorial cartoons have a place in education, but try to present a more balanced approach as an educator.”

???? @JoeGamaldi blasted @WylieISD Superintendent for pushing disturbing material: “I cannot begin to tell you how abhorrent & disturbing this comparison is, but what is more disturbing is that no adult within your school thought better before sending this assignment to children.” pic.twitter.com/zEZC0yPVW8

The cartoon was reportedly meant to teach the students about political satire while they learned about the Bill of Rights, the Star-Tribune reported. The assignment was removed after criticism, and the cartoon was not in line with the school’s curriculum, according to … (Read more)

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