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MSNBC Contributor Says Teachers Shouldn’t Be Armed Because They Might Shoot Minority Students

MSNBC Contributor Says Teachers Shouldn’t Be Armed Because They Might Shoot Minority Students

 “You could then start seeing statistics where potentially black students are getting shot.”

MSNBC contributor and White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour Yamiche Alcindor said Thursday that arming school teachers could lead to educators shooting minority students.

Alcindor was part of a panel discussing a New York Times ​report that the education department is considering ​policy change that would permit states to use federal funds to purchase ​guns for teachers and school workers.

Alcindor elaborated why liberal activists are strongly opposed to the proposition, which would be a reversal of a long-standing federal guideline.

One objection Alcindor raised was that arming teachers could make classrooms more dangerous for students of color.

Advocates are very worried about the racial impacts this will have. If you start arming teachers, there are black and brown students being — who are being disciplined more than their white counterparts, you could then start seeing statistics where potentially black students are getting shot or in accidents when their teachers are trying to shoot or do gun safety measures.

Alcindor is making quite a leap — from pointing to racial discrepancies in the attitude of teachers towards students from different backgrounds, to worrying that these discrepancies might translate into a fatal, racial classroom slaughter.

Whether or not arming teachers is a wise solution to the tragically recurring horror of school shootings, Alcindor might be doing a disservice to her own position by injecting what to some may seem as unwarranted racial panic.

Here’s the play-by-play:

Alcindor about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: “Secretary ​DeVos was very controversial coming in and someone who had a very opinionated view of how the federal education system should be run and now she’s carrying this out in a very quiet way. Much like Jeff Sessions, they are doing what they said they were going to be doing.”

Alcindor on the racial aspect: “Advocates are very worried about the racial impacts this will have. If you start arming teachers, there are black and brown students being—who are being disciplined more than their white counterparts, you could then start seeing statistics where potentially black students are getting shot or in accidents when their teachers are trying to shoot or do gun safety measures.”

She concluded: “So there’s an idea that the NAACP and other advocacy groups say, not only are we looking at this as an issue, but it’s also the idea that racially it’s going to be a problem.”

Cover image: Yamiche Alcindor. (MSNBC)



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