An examination of a Florida cross-burning case – Teaching Tolerance seeks to raise awareness about the Holocaust – new findings in Teaching Tolerance research on post-election classroom climates

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APRIL 13, 2017

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Florida cross-burning case — Holocaust awareness — post-election challenges for educators

Cross-burnings still a ‘tool of fear’ used by racists

A Florida hate crime case involving an interracial couple illustrates how cross-burnings continue in the 21st century. Before a 6-foot wooden cross was set on fire in their front yard, the couple received death threats and the African-American husband was assaulted and subjected to racial slurs. The defendants burned a cross as their final act of intimidation to chase the couple out of their neighborhood.



Teaching Tolerance seeks to raise Holocaust awareness

April is Genocide Awareness Month, and our Teaching Tolerance program wants to make sure that educators don’t overlook critical learning opportunities. Anti-Semitic incidents have been in the news across the country, and this week White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer raised eyebrows when he said that Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” The need for teachers to deeply engage students on this topic is more acute than ever.



Update: New study shows post-election school climates remain damaged

We’ve just released new findings about how the presidential campaign and election affected school climates across the country, and the results are worrisome. This is the third survey over the past year that has shown a large percentage of K-12 educators reporting "uncivil behavior" and an increase in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment. Many schools also are reporting an uptick in bullying and harassment, along with heightened anxiety among marginalized students.



News You Should Know

The Trump team’s history of flirting with Holocaust deniers (ThinkProgress)

Since Sandy Hook, a gun has been fired on school grounds nearly once a week (The Los Angeles Times)

It’s white America’s job to fight white supremacism (Huffington Post)

Changing face of terrorism (Vice News)

Trump wants to cut off poor people’s legal lifeline (ThinkProgress)

What Jeff Sessions' prosecutor days in Alabama portend for the DOJ’s new war on crime (Mother Jones)

Lawyer: school cop knocked out teen's tooth after cellphone theft (The Morning Call)

How much it costs ICE to deport an undocumented immigrant (CNN)

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