Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called for a teacher to be fired for assigning a lesson to students which featured a cartoon comparing police officers to the Ku Klux Klan and slave owners. The Wylie Independent School District (Wylie ISD) has already apologized and confirmed the online assignment has been pulled after it was criticized by the national vice president for the Fraternal Order of Police. The cartoon in question shows a white police officer kneeling on a black male’s neck—similar to the move used by officer Derek Chauvin on Minneapolis man George Floyd—alongside similar cartoons showing a slave owner on a Black man in shackles and a Klansman holding a noose around a Black man’s neck. The images were used as part of an 8th grade social studies assignment at Cooper Junior High which asked students to question what role does protest play in democracy and “What is cartoon #1 saying about U.S. history and the death of George Floyd.” Newsweek subscription offers > The image was shared on Twitter by vice president for the Fraternal Order of Police Joe Gamaldi, who called it “abhorrent and disgusting”, adding it “only further widens the gap between police officers and the… Read full this story
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