Criminal Justice Resources

Racial Profiling Curriculum, Resources & Know Your Rights

Like the cases of Emmet Till and Rodney King before it, the case of Trayvon Martin has activated millions of Americans to urgently seek answers to how we can finally end wide-spread, officially-sanctioned, racial profiling and racially motivated violence against and humiliation of Black men and boys. This is a problem that continues to plague not just African Americans, but all communities of color in America.  We believe that the time is right to leverage the heightened national attention created by the Trayvon Martin shooting, to raise awareness and create dialogue about the problem of racial profiling nationwide. We also believe that this dialogue must happen in our schools, amongst parents, teachers, and with our youth.

To help create this dialogue, the NAACP has partnered with the National Education Association, Not In Our Town, Not in Our Schools, Teaching Tolerance/Southern Poverty Law Center, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, American Federation of Teachers, Human Rights Educators of the USA (HRE-USA) Network, and Facing History and Ourselves. The below material has been pulled together by this working group in order to help teachers, parents, administrators and youth address the problem of racial profiling.  Information about how youth should interact in encounters with law enforcement is also included below.  These are considered living documents which will be improved on a regular basis. We hope you find them helpful and that you join our movement to end racial profiling.

  1. Racial Profiling One Pager  – a quick guide to starting a conversation about racial profiling with youth
  2. Racial Profiling Curriculum Guide (organized by topic) – a guide to select existing curriculum and lesson plans
  3. Racial Profiling Curriculum Guide (organized by grade level) – a guide to select existing curriculum and lesson plans
  4. Racial Profiling Draft Resource Guide – additional resources on racial profiling
  5. Know Your Rights Postcard – a quick guide to basic do’s and don’ts when youth encounter law enforcement
  6. Know Your Rights Supplement – more details about the rights of individuals and youth when encountering law enforcement