Fifth graders in Baltimore may be the ticket to solving police brutality.
According to TheRealNews.com, a class of fifth graders has completed a “comprehensive research project on the unconstitutional and racist tactics used by Baltimore’s police department” and will be using their findings to come up with their own solutions to present to the police departments.
In the video, one student explains that they are learning about police brutality and the activists working against it, and also about famous political figures who resisted oppression and encouraged change.
The students used the Justice Department as their source for crime statistics. Baltimore has been under a Consent Decree since January of this year. As we know from previous articles, Consent Decrees often create problems rather than solve them, causing police to back off from certain neighborhoods for fear of being accused of racism and brutality.
Baltimore has one of the highest crime rates in the country, and has had several occasions of police overstepping their bounds. But, if these children are learning about police brutality and consent decrees, shouldn’t they also be learning about the other side of it? The bigger picture? Why aren’t they learning about the real forces behind Black Lives Matter, the war on police, the associations between poverty, fatherless households, and crime? And most importantly, why are FIFTH GRADERS doing this?
Oh, that’s right….because it’s easier to mold the minds of the young and impressionable.