Self-Defense and Racial Profiling

Race & Racism
High School Students with Teacher in Class Using Laptops
Grade Level:
High School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Speaking and Listening, Language Arts
Race & Racism

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to discuss the homicide of Renisha McBride, who was shot to death while seeking help after being in a car accident. Similar to Trayvon Martin, both victims were black and in both cases, the shooter was white. Also similar was the perpetrator’s claim of self-defense. Students will learn more about these cases and analyze the role of self-defense and racial profiling.

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