A secondary school in Davidson, North Carolina, is making a strange offer to its students.
The school has recently decided to list a course called “#Abolishthepolice: Race and Policing in the U.S.”
The school’s website described the course as concerning the critical Black studies and, as such, exploring the relationship between the U.S. police and Blackness from a philosophical perspective.
The site explained that the course came amid newly arose changes related to Blackness – which is how critical race theorists describe experiences Black people go through in the society of “whiteness.”
The site indicated that courses on the issues of race, feminism, as well as political and social philosophy, would be enlisted to make students knowledgeable about important issues such as police militarization, criminalization, predictive policing, incarceration, domestic policy, and surveillance.
It pointed out that the urgency of these issues lies in the fact that the U.S. presents a country with the highest rate of police misconduct in the world, as pointed out by numerous experts.
One of the main aims of the course would reportedly be to show that minorities, including Black, brown, and indigenous individuals, are the ones disproportionately attacked by the police across the U.S.
The course will also deal with transgender and other gender non-conforming victims, also disproportionately subjected to police actions such as incarceration and surveillance.
A particular focus would be put on Black transgender people, as well as Blacks with a variety of mental health problems and disabilities.
What would be the outcome of the course?
School’s PR manager Jay Pfeifer told Fox News reporters that the school, being grounded in Christian Reformed Tradition, is supportive of any course that would respect human values such as dignity and worth of each person, as well as diversity among different people.
He emphasized that the school is not bound by any church and that the offering of the suggested police abolition course indicates that the school viewed it as worth studying.
The course instructor Claudia Garcia-Rojas pointed out that the course aims at tackling the fundamental questions of what constitutes policing, as opposed to approaches the goal of which is to stir up the police reform.
However, many people, including other professors, students, and their parents, would likely remain skeptical of the need for such a course.
They might oppose it on the grounds of its biased promotion of leftist ideology or because it would not deal with topics that are crucially important for the students of secondary school age.
Regardless of that, current trends suggest that we should not be surprised if other schools adopt similar courses in the near future.