The purpose of the lesson plans demanded by a collection of labor unions in Oakland is to teach Oakland high school youth about social justice, which apparently includes comparing a cold-blooded cop killer with Martin Luther King Jr.
According to EAG News, several labor unions have passed a resolution condemning Oakland Unified School District for censoring a Mumia Abu-Jamal lesson plan titled, “Urban Dreams”. The resolution was passed by the Alameda Labor Council on July 14.
The plan compares this vicious killer – Mumia – with Martin Luther King Jr., which is not only a grave insult to Martin Luther King but it is a terrible offense to the police and to the murdered officer’s family.
In their resolution, the unions said that the Fraternal Order of Police “believes that, as an outspoken critic of the corruption and racism of the American legal system and both parties of American capitalism, Mumia must be silenced.”
They complain in the resolution that it’s “dangerous and unacceptable to allow the police to determine the curriculum of a major school district.
The only thing dangerous and unacceptable of course is to allow this lesson to be taught.
Abu-Jamal is guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, yet the far-left insists on falling prey to Mumia’s outlandish proclamations of innocence.
You can’t make this stuff up.
We reported this on April 11th and didn’t think we would have to revisit it because, after negative publicity, the lesson plan was withdrawn.
Here is the story from April if you don’t know the background of the case.
Oakland California schools, where crime and poverty are rampant, had, until yesterday (April 10th), a lesson plan posted on their website which asks students to draw parallels between late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., a peace-loving man of God, and racist cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Mumia Abu-Jamal, an unrepentant cop killer, murdered an innocent police officer, Daniel Faulkner, in cold blood after a traffic stop in 1981.
For some inexplicable reason, Mumia is idolized by the radical left.
Maureen Faulkner, Daniel Faulkner’s wife, calls it an “absolute disgrace” and a “travesty.”
Maureen Faulkner at her husband’s funeral
The lesson plans are part of the Urban Dreams Project. Their website seems to have been taken down today. They can take the plan or the site down but we still had a glimpse into what they are teaching in this crime-infested city. Perhaps it takes away some of the mystery as to why the area is so crime-laced though the crime there is usually blamed on poverty and racist cops.
“It’s a travesty,” Faulkner told FoxNews.com by phone early Thursday. “You’re going to teach children about a man who murdered a police officer? That’s not a good lesson to be teaching children. He was a radical, a militant. My question is: Are our tax dollars paying for this?”
The plan was authored by teacher Craig Gordon for 11th graders to “critically examine a possible parallel” between King and “someone else many believe is currently targeted by the U.S. government, Mumia Abu-Jamal.”
The plan asks students to consider the following: “The media, prison system and law enforcement organizations have censored Mumia Abu-Jamal. On one hand, there have been occasional stories in print and broadcast media about Mumia Abu-Jamal. On the other, despite the widespread support for Abu-Jamal that has made his case the most renown and controversial of death penalty cases in the world today, these stories are extremely rare and always refer to him as a ‘convicted cop-killer.’”
Mumia, a prolific writer who is also a self-serving, race-baiting cop killer
Despite Abu-Jamal’s “prolific writings” in several books, none of his work can be found in mainstream media, according to the lesson plan.
Mumia, a former Black Panther, a vicious and racist band of thugs, is turning 60 in a Pennsylvania prison.
“What about my husband’s 60th birthday? He’s been in the ground for the past 32 years,” Faulkner said. “My husband has missed 32 birthdays, 32 Christmases and 32 anniversaries. It’s an abomination.”
After Mumia was sentenced, he decided to turn his case into one of a Black man being victimized by White cops and a White judicial system though the evidence against him left no doubt as to his guilt.
Troy Flint, director of public relations for the Oakland Unified School District, said the lesson plan is no longer part of the district’s curriculum and was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The website undoubtedly went down because they were exposed. One has to wonder what else their lesson plans included.
Some academics contacted by FoxNews.com, you need to know, said King and Abu-Jamal are “fundamentally similar” since both have committed their lives to challenging systemic racism in the United States.
Mark Lewis Taylor, a professor of theology and culture at the Princeton Theological Seminary and a longtime Mumia supporter, identified two major differences between Abu-Jamal and King, saying the former radio journalist has worked more obviously than the assassinated civil rights leader within an “international framework of justice struggle.”
Abu-Jamal, according to Taylor, also worked more than King to “mobilize grassroots organizations” and movements. King had a tendency, Taylor said, to privilege black church organizations and, at times, espouse a certain sense of black middle-class advantage and leadership.
“But what King and Abu-Jamal shared should not be overlooked,” Taylor wrote FoxNews.com in an email. “One shouldn’t juxtapose a respectable ‘cuddly’ Martin Luther King over and against a more radical and supposedly ‘villainous’ Abu-Jamal — as the media hype often has it when they relentlessly misrepresent him as a ‘cop-killer.’ In fact, authorities have had the wrong man on death row and in prison these 32 years, not the man who actually shot Officer Faulkner.”
On December 9, 1981, Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner pulled over a car driven by William Cook, brother of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Wesley Cook. While Officer Faulkner and Cook were by the side of the road talking about the traffic stop, William Cook struck the officer in the face.
Officer Faulkner tried to subdue Cook when Mumia ran across the street and shot Faulkner in the back. Faulkner returned fire, hitting Abu-Jamal in the shoulder.
Abu-Jamal shot Officer Faulkner five times, once in the face from a foot away execution style while standing over him. This was according to witnesses at the scene.
Abu-Jamal was later picked up in a hospital. A hospital security guard heard Abu-Jamal saying, “I shot the Mother F…er and I hope he dies.”
Abu-Jamal was convicted and sentenced to death, a sentence later commuted.
Abu-Jamal then set about making a career out of demonizing the police and whining about his sentence so he could one day get out of jail. He is a manipulative sociopathic killer.
The radical left idolizes Mumia and sees him as a fighter against police oppression of minorities. There were “Free Mumia” signs throughout Occupy Wall Street. This hideous creep has been made into a revolutionary hero while Maureen Faulkner’s pain goes on forever.
If this is what we are teaching children, perhaps it will give us a clue as to what is wrong in our society today.
Recently, Barack Obama nominated Debo Adegbile, to the top law enforcement position in the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Adegbile is a radical lawyer who tried to free Mumia, launching protests that went far beyond his advocacy as a lawyer, protests which helped enflame hatred of cops. His nomination, a grievous insult to police officers everywhere, was rejected by Congress.
This is an example of how the hard left hurts the Black community and has hurt them for decades.
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