Paired Texts > Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?
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On the evening of February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American boy from Florida, was fatally shot by a George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and was found "not guilty" by a jury in July of 2013. These are the remarks of President Barack Obama after the trial.Pair “President Obama’s Remarks on Trayvon Martin Ruling” with “Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?” and prompt students with this discussion question: “What connections do you see between ‘stop and frisk’ and ‘stand your ground’?” In the context of these texts, which is more important: freedom or security?
Adopted December 15th, 1791, "The Bill of Rights" refers to the first ten amendments made to the United States Constitution. This document grants and secures a number of freedoms for the federal government, the states, and for U.S. citizens.Pair “The Bill of Rights” with “Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?” and lead students in a discussion on the tension between freedom and security. Can the United States ensure the freedom of its citizens, as defined in “The Bill of Rights,” while also enhancing their security?
In this document by British philosopher John Locke, Locke argues for individual sacrifice so that people can live peacefully in a political society. Locke's philosophical works heavily influenced American revolutionaries and the formation of democracy.Pair “Political Society” with “Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?” and ask students to connect Locke’s theory with the tradeoffs of “stop and frisk.” Is security against unreasonable searches and seizures an individual sacrifice that comes with living in a peaceful society?
In "The PATRIOT Act: Protection over Privacy," Mike Kubic discusses the parameters of the PATRIOT Act and citizens' varying responses to it.Pair “Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?” with “The PATRIOT Act: Protection over Privacy” and ask students to discuss violations of personal rights. Do you think there are certain circumstances where security should be valued above civil liberties? Do either of these texts provide examples of this?
In The New York Times article "U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data," Edward Snowden's leak of classified information in 2013 and the actions that the United States took in response are discussed.Pair “Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong?” with “U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data” and ask students to discuss how people’s freedoms can be compromised to ensure their safety. How do both texts explore actions of the government that were potentially unconstitutional? Ask students to discuss the pros and cons of both wiretapping and “terry stops”. When do students think security should be favored over individual rights and why?
In the informational text "The Race Factor in Trying Juvenile as Adults" Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Aneeta Rattan explore how race influences how juvenile offenders are sentenced.Pair “Stop and Frisk: Right or Wrong” with “The Race Factor in Trying Juveniles as Adults” and ask students to discuss how our criminal justice system treats African Americans differently than white people. What evidence do the authors use to support this claim? How might greater awareness about racial biases change our criminal justice system?