Muslim Students to Swedish Teacher: Won’t Listen to You "Because You’re White"


Swedish teachers are concerned over Muslim students’ open hostility to non-Muslims allegedly learned from their extracurricular Koran studies.

Kent Karlsson, a teacher at a school with students from grades three to six in Borlänge, said Muslim students wouldn’t listen to him because he was white or a non-Muslim.

“… Students question teachers who do not have [a] Muslim background by saying, ‘I do not listen to you because you are white’ or ‘You are not Muslim, why should I listen to you?’” He said. “This occurs in all age groups, from six-year-olds to thirteen-year-olds.”

“It worries me if some of the children in the Koran school interprets that it is only Muslim men and women to listen to.”

The additional course-load is reportedly taking a toll on the young students’ performance as koran studies can be three to five days a week after normal school hours.

Other teachers who wished to remain anonymous said the Muslim students are not doing their homework or even passing because of the workload learning Islamic scriptures requires.

“… The children are tired and unable to do the maths or writing lessons they received at school. [It] is clear they miss knowledge,” says one teacher.

Karlsson recognized the merits of memorizing long texts, but was ultimately concerned with whether or not the Koran studies took precedent over his Swedish curriculum.

“If all the power is needed to learn these texts on the outside, and that the power is not left to work with the school that is mandatory, then I can say I’m worried,” he says.

Correspondingly, Swedish officials are on record with concerns that a “shadow society” is forming among migrants who refuse to assimilate.



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Turkey: 22 university students go on trial over ‘terror propaganda’

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Istanbul – Twenty-two students from a prestigious Istanbul university went on trial Wednesday on charges of spreading “terror propaganda” for staging an action on the campus opposing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s military campaign in Syria.

Fourteen of the students have been held in jail since their initial detention in March when police stormed students’ dormitories at Bogazici University, in a case that has outraged activists.

Dozens gathered outside the main Istanbul courthouse as the trial got underway, unfurling banners such as “freedom for Bogazici” and “a right to education cannot be blocked”.

The accused face jail terms of up to five years if convicted on charges of propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Doguscan Aydin Aygun, lawyer for the students, told AFP.

Turkey earlier this year successfully carried out a major incursion into the Afrin region of northern Syria with allied Syrian rebels, ousting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey brands a terror group and branch of the PKK.

A day after Afrin was taken, a group of students opened a stand on the campus handing out sweets they dubbed “Afrin delight” in memory of the Turkish soldiers killed in the operation.

But another group however unfurled a banner reading “there’s nothing sweet about occupation and massacre,” in a show of protest.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then slammed the anti-war students as “terrorists”.

Turkish prosecutors accuse the students of seeking to discredit the army and the state by portraying them as an “occupier” and as an “illegitimate force that uses violence.”

Giving testimony in court, the students rejected the charges and denied shouting slogans in favour of the PKK.

“I didn’t praise violence or make terror propaganda,” accused student Sukran Yaren Tuncer told the judge.

“I shouted slogans like ‘shoulder to shoulder against fascism’ and ‘no war, peace now’. They are universal slogans and chanted in every demo.”

Authorities detained hundreds of people during the Afrin operation on terror propaganda charges for criticising the operation, raising new concerns about freedom of speech in Turkey.

Founded in the 19th century as Robert College, Bogazici University is considered a bastion of secular and Western-orientated education in Turkey.


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Colleges Bend the Rules for More Students, Give Them Extra Help

Colleges Bend the Rules for More Students, Give Them Extra Help

With an influx of students classified as disabled, schools move to accommodate their needs


Douglas Belkin

Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2018

As many as one in four students at some elite U.S. colleges are now classified as disabled, largely because of mental-health issues such as depression or anxiety, entitling them to a widening array of special accommodations like longer time to take exams.

Under federal law, students can be considered disabled if they have a note from a doctor. That label requires schools to offer accommodations depending on the student’s needs. A blind student, for example, would have access to specialized software or a reader for an exam.

The rise in disability notes for mental-health issues has led to a surge in the number of students who take their exams in low-distraction testing centers, are allowed to get up and walk around during class or bring a comfort animal to school, among other measures.

“At Pomona, we have extremely talented bright students with very high expectations who are coming in with a good level of anxiety and are highly stressed,” says Jan Collins-Eaglin, the Claremont, Calif., college’s associate dean of students for personal success and wellness. “Our job here is to help them really thrive.”

At Pomona, 22% of students were considered disabled this year, up from 5% in 2014. Other elite schools have also seen a startling jump in disabilities, according to data from the federal government and from the schools. At Hampshire, Amherst and Smith colleges in Massachusetts and Yeshiva University in New York, one in five students are classified as disabled. At Oberlin College in Ohio, it is one in four. At Marlboro College in Vermont, it is one in three.

Small, private schools have the greatest concentration of students with disabilities. Among the 100 four-year, not-for-profit colleges with the highest percentage of disabled students, 93 are private, according to a WSJ analysis of federal data.

Public schools have also seen a significant uptick in test accommodations. From 2011 to 2016, the number of students with special accommodations increased by an average of 71% among 22 flagship state schools, according to data obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

The most common accommodations come during testing. Students who receive extended time may get twice as long as their classmates to take an exam.

Some professors question how this affects the fairness of exams.

“If you grade on a curve, does it disadvantage the rest of the class?” asks Ari Trachtenberg, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University who is critical of the rise in accommodations. “There’s no calibration between how much extra time they want me to give and any sense how that would actually affect the exam.”

Lila Manstein double-majored in chemistry and math at Amherst and will graduate this year with a B+ average.

She was given 50% more time than her classmates on exams because she was diagnosed with reading-comprehension difficulties and Attention Deficit Disorder.

A classmate once told her she would have had a 4.0 GPA if she, too, had extended time. “I told her it wasn’t the sort of thing I would have if I didn’t really need it,” Ms. Manstein says. “That shut her up.”

Psychologists have many theories to explain the rise in mental-health diagnoses among college-age students, from social-media habits to less stigma around mental illness.

At the University of Minnesota, a test center for students entitled to low-distraction environments or extended time on exams administered 9,681 tests last year, nearly double the number in 2013. The growth has forced staff to give up their offices during finals to make room for students. This past year, the school rented out an additional 10,000 square feet of space in a nearby hotel.

At the University of Kentucky, a dozen students at time took finals inside cubicles in a room in the testing facility with carpeted floors and dim lights. Blue painter’s tape covered door latches so they open and close silently. Students being tested on computers each sat in a private room so the clickety-clack of the keyboards wouldn’t disturb classmates. The facility administered 7,827 tests in 2016-17, up from 853 in 2007-08.

“We’re seeing a lot more requests for private rooms,” said David Beach, director of the school’s disability resource center.

More than a decade ago, the College Board, which administers the SAT and PSAT among other tests, stopped alerting colleges when students received extra time, and the numbers who requested it began to increase. From 2010-11 to last year, the number of accommodations requests jumped 171%, while the number of people taking the exams increased 22%. Last year, 94% of those requests were approved.

The extra time allows students to use various strategies to reduce stress levels so they can overcome their disabilities, administrators say. Without them, many wouldn’t graduate, says Monique Burgdorf, the assistant dean of students and interim director of disability resources at Oberlin.

“If I have anxiety and get panic attacks during exams, extended time will give me a chance to check in with myself and calm myself down,” Ms. Burgdorf says.

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, an attorney who has represented public schools in special-education and disability law and has written several books about accommodations, said that giving some test takers extended time on the SAT is “like lowering the basket from 10 feet to eight feet; you’re changing the game.”

“The reason we pay all this money for the test is so that we can compare someone from South Dakota to someone from California,” she says. “If the test is no longer standardized, then what are we paying for?”

The ACT, which has seen a similar uptick in requests for extra time, said this past week it would limit the additional time students can take on each section. The company said it made the change “to improve fairness for all examinees.”

Wealthier students are more likely to receive accommodations than poor students, Ms. Freedman said.

Other expensive liberal arts colleges with high percentages of disabled students include Pitzer in California (18%), Vassar in New York, Reed in Oregon and Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts (all three at 16%) and Haverford in Pennsylvania (15%).

Among the nation’s most elite institutions, those with the highest percentage of disabled students were Stanford (14%), Brown (12%), Yale (11%) and Columbia University (8%).

Public flagships with the highest percentages include the University of Vermont (16%), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (10%) and University of Arkansas (10%).

The rise hasn’t impacted the academic rigor of the school, says Jodi Foley, Amherst director of accessibility services. “The academic profile of Amherst’s student population continues to increase as it continues to diversify.”

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Students may report more than one type of disability. A previous version of this article included a chart that didn’t account for students reporting multiple disabilities. (May 24, 2018)

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No Charges For Teacher Who Drowned Raccoons In Front Of Students

A high school teacher in Ocala, Florida, who was caught on camera getting his students to help him drown raccoons and an opossum will face no criminal charges for the incident.

The state attorney’s office announced its decision Friday, The Ocala-Star Banner reported. In a letter explaining the decision, Assistant State Attorney Toby Hunt wrote that now-retired agricultural science teacher Dewie Brewton “did not intend to torture or torment” the animals.

Brewton sparked widespread backlash earlier this month after a video surfaced of him and a group of students at Forest High School putting a raccoon inside a metal trap into a garbage bin and filling the bin with water. The student who shot the video came home crying about the experience, his mother told local media at the time. The mother said that Brewton and the students had metal rods they used to hold the animals down when they attempted to come up for air.

The following local newscast, which contains some footage from the incident, may be disturbing to some viewers.

The teacher and students believed that raccoons were responsible for the deaths of multiple chickens being raised behind the school.

The school placed Brewton on administrative leave, and Superintendent Heidi Maier called for him to be fired. Instead, Brewton, who taught at the school for 31 years, announced his retirement on May 17.

It’s legal in Florida to kill “nuisance” wildlife, but the law specifies that the killing must be done in a “humane” way. Florida law states that “humane” is defined by the standards of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians or the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA, as the Star-Banner notes, explicitly says that drowning is an “unacceptable” form of euthanasia.

Hunt also noted that student involvement in the act complicated the possibility of prosecution.

“The majority of the video is of the students performing these acts,” Hunt’s letter statement said. “A number of parents contacted by FWC indicated that they did not want their children involved in this investigation. In order to introduce these videos into evidence, the state would need someone who was present at the incident to authenticate the videos before they would be admitted into evidence.”

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Students Nationwide Walk Out Of Schools To Show Support For Second Amendment Rights

Hundreds of students nationwide walked out of their schools Wednesday to show support for their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

The national demonstration, dubbed “Stand for the Second,” was organized by high school senior Will Riley of Carlsbad, New Mexico, in response to the wave of student-led, gun reform protests held in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

“We have not ignored the huge movement of our peers against these fundamental human rights and liberties, but the American people must know not all of our generation shares in the shortsighted destruction of our Constitution,” according to the event’s website.

Participants planned to walk out of their school at 10 a.m. local time to observe 16 minutes of silence ― one minute less than their peers did on March 14, during the National School Walkout to protest gun violence.

National School Walkout participants rallied for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people killed on Feb. 14 during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Stand for the Second’s website explained what the 16-minute walkout on Wednesday represented:

In the spirit of civility with school districts around the country, we are asking for one minute less than the other side received. Additionally, it is estimated that in the US each year 1.5 million people use a firearm to defend themselves. Break that down to 16 minutes, and you have 91 people using a gun responsibly and correctly. We want to draw attention to the people who are legally and effectively exercising their rights.

Stand for the Second marked the first cohesive, student-led national demonstration in favor of gun rights since the Parkland massacre. While the scale of the event was noticeably smaller than the recent student-led gun violence protests, which have drawn thousands of demonstrators and national media attention, students from at least 40 states were expected to walk out.

I am a concealed carry permit holder, and I am valedictorian of my high school. … I don’t fit the media narrative. There are a ton of people like me who also don’t fit that narrative.
Lucus Bendzsa, high school senior from Indiana

Lucus Bendzsa, a senior at West Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, said he planned to participate in the walkout Wednesday to “show that not all high school and college kids are leftists against” the right to keep and bear arms.

“We are all not ideologically aligned as much as the media portrays us as such,” Bendzsa told HuffPost in an email. “We are, as Kayne West said, ‘independent thinkers.’ We form our own opinions and we are stout in what we believe.”

Bendzsa said he believes the Second Amendment to be the “most imperative” of all the constitutional amendments.

“It is the amendment that secures all of the others,” he said. “It is the amendment that guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. It is the amendment that guarantees the right of equal protection under the law.”

Not all students who support the Second Amendment were in favor of the walkouts. Kyle Kushuv, a survivor of the Parkland shooting and outspoken gun rights advocate, tweeted Wednesday that “disrupting” classrooms wasn’t the right thing to do.

For his part, Bendzsa said it’s important to challenge what he feels is the media’s incorrect narrative surrounding gun rights advocates.

“It’s not all a bunch of uneducated rednecks like the media portrays,” Bendzsa said. “I am a concealed carry permit holder, and I am valedictorian of my high school. … I don’t fit the media narrative. There are a ton of people like me who also don’t fit that narrative.”

“Us millennials are not cookie cutters,” he continued. “We are all unique and different with our own ideas.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Britain: Students Can’t Read Analog Clocks, Traditional Clocks, “Could Be a Cause of Unnecessary Stress”

Britain: Students Can’t Read Analog Clocks, Traditional Clocks, “Could Be a Cause of Unnecessary Stress”

April 29th, 2018

Prediction: Students won’t be able to write, so they will need screens to take the exams.

Via: Telegraph:

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.

Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices.

“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,� he told The Telegraph.

“They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere.�

Mr Trobe, a former headmaster, said that teachers want their students to feel as relaxed as possible during exams. Having a traditional clock in the room could be a cause of unnecessary stress, he added.




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JUNK: Catholics ‘Afraid’ of Play That Has Students Sing About Masturbation on NBC’s ‘Rise’

NBC’s new high school drama Rise has been making waves with its overabundance of extremely liberal, anti-Christian messages since it first began airing a few weeks ago. But just when you thought things couldn’t get more offensive, along comes Tuesday’s episode, “We’ve All Got Our Junk,” which surprisingly upped the ante. And yes, they are referring to the urban slang version of the word “junk” to mean genitalia.

In Tuesday night’s episode, Simon Saunders (Ted Sutherland) is adjusting to life at St. Francis Catholic High School and is putting on a “brave” face when he tells everyone it’s a “great school” with a “great academic program.” As you may recall, the former Stanton High student is now attending St. Francis after his strict Catholic parents objected to him playing a gay character in the controversial school musical, as well the play’s offensive themes.

As Simon’s mother, Patricia (Stephanie J. Block), told director Mr. Mazzu (Josh Radner) of the play in the March 27 episode, “I’m sorry, we just– we don’t agree with abortion, gay sex, premarital sex. It talks about fathers molesting their daughters. It’s just too dark. This is not the world of values we want our son growing up in.

In this episode, Simon visits his best friend Lilette (Auli’i Cravalho) back at Stanton, and she offers him some rather interesting advice, considering they are both underage teenagers living at home:



Lilette: So, how’s St. Francis?

Simon: It’s great. It’s great.

Lilette: It’s great?

Simon: Yeah. Yeah, you know… I mean, they’re doing “Oklahoma” in the spring, so…joy! It’s fine.

Lilette: If you’re really happy, then okay… But if you’re trying to please your father or keep the peace between your parents, that’s not okay.

Simon: I wish it were that simple.

Lilette: It could be.

Simon: You know my dad. Yeah, you know what he’s like.

Lilette: Yeah. So, what? It’s still your life to live, not his.

Ironically, in the very next scene, Mr. Mazzu, the enlightened liberal just trying to help students “grow up in the sun and not in the shadows,” is having problems getting his own troubled, alcoholic son to obey him and respect his authority. But Simon is supposed to disrespect his father and do what he wants because it’s “his life?” Yeah, that’s not how being a child works. Unless, of course, you’re liberal, and the child in question wants to rebel against his Catholic father to stand up for his liberal beliefs. Then it’s all fine and dandy.

Also, notice how the conversation completely left out his mom, Patricia. You know, the one who decided with her husband that they could not support a play that goes against everything they believe in and made a joint decision with her husband to send her child to a Catholic school to remedy the situation?

So, what happened to her convictions, her faith and her wanting to bring up her son in accordance with her beliefs? This is what happened, as we discover at the Saunders’ dinner table where an emboldened Simon announces he wants to go back to Stanton, as we see Catholic religious imagery in the background once again:



Simon: You did it again.

Robert: Sorry, bud.

Patricia: End of the game. Dad wins.

Simon: Cards is like your superpower, Dad. So, guys, um… I wanna go back to Stanton.

Patricia: Oh, Simon.

Simon: No, please, come on. I’m–I’m happy there. You know I am. I tried St. Francis, and frank–

Robert: No!

Simon: Well…I checked on their website, uh, about tuition refunds, and if we act within 14 days, it’s–

Robert: We decided this. No. The answer is no. Stanton chose an inappropriate play, we chose a more appropriate school. It’s done. End of discussion.

Patricia: Robert…Your son is trying to talk to you.

Robert: And I listened to him and gave him my answer. It’s for his own good.

Patricia: Is it? Is this about protecting Simon, or is this about you?

Robert: What?

Patricia: Why are you so afraid of this play? What about it upsets you so much? If you can explain that to me, then I will support you. If you can’t…

Robert: Fine. Go back to Stanton.

I’m sorry… what?! No. Seriously, just what?! Let’s see if we have this straight. Simon’s father Robert (Stephen Plunkett) is somehow now the only one standing behind his convictions and trying to do what’s best for his son and he’s being made to be the villain? And he must explain to his wife what she already explained herself to Mr. Mazzu?! I mean, really?! She knows exactly why the play “upsets (him) so much” because it upset her, too!

Also, why is it that liberals cry “fear” when someone doesn’t agree with them? They’ve made Robert into someone who is “afraid” of the play? Not that he has serious, legitimate reasons to keep his son far away from such drivel. No, it must be that he’s fearful and hiding from something and it’s all really about him. #EyeRoll

And, finally, he just gives in? Just like that? For the literal love of God, WHY?! Well, I guess we already know why. Because these are liberal writers living in a liberal bubble in liberal Hollywood and these stories and characters don’t need to make sense. They just need to advance the writers’ agenda.

All’s well that ends well in Liberal Land, as Simon joins the theater troupe again and all of the teenagers sing merrily along to a song from the play about…masturbation and their “junk,” as Simon and his male love interest in the play share a flirtatious glance and smile.



Student 1: ♪ I know it’s so off ♪ I love when you do stuff that’s rude and so wrong

Simon: ♪ I go up to my room ♪ Turn the stereo on ♪ Shoot up some you ♪ In the you of some song ♪

Student 2: I lie back just drifting ♪ And play out these scenes ♪ I ride on the rush All the hopes all the dreams ♪

Annabelle: ♪ I may be neglecting ♪ The things I should do

All: ♪ We’ve all got our junk ♪

Annabelle: ♪ We’ve all got our junk ♪ And my junk is you ♪♪

All: ♪ Still keep talking after you’re gone ♪ You’re still with me then ♪ Feels so good in my arms They say you go blind ♪ Maybe it’s true

Aww, those crazy kids! If you loved this feel-good (no pun intended) song, you can even purchase it, as advertised on Rise’s Twitter page

All kidding aside, that’s exactly what this show is. Junk. In the regular, non-perverted, non-mastubatory meaning of the word, that is.

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Students Rally For Gun Rights, While Praising The Very People Who Will Take Their Guns

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It is no secret that the thousands of students who rallied for gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland Shooting don’t seem to understand how the implementation of their demands would impact the country. But the dozens of students who held a counter march and rallied for the Second Amendment while bearing “Blue Lives Matter” flags also don’t seem to understand that the same gun rights they claim to be fighting for will be stripped away by the government agencies they are supporting.

Each time a major mass shooting occurs, there is an influx of politicians and celebrities who take to social media to call for increased gun control measures. The Parkland shooting was unique in that when students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School began rallying against guns, they were rewarded with mainstream media airtime and celebrity shout-outs that led to a drastic increase in followers on social media.

While Parkland students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez were hailed as CNN Heroes after they called members of the National Rifle Association, “child murderers,” students Colton Haab and Ariana Klein were shut out of CNN’s coverage of the shooting and the solutions that should be pursued because of their pro-gun views.

However, a recent student demonstration in support of the Second Amendment proved that the problem does not exist exclusively with the students who are against guns. Dozens of students from Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Florida, walked out of class on Friday in a pro-gun demonstration. Florida Today reported that the students carried signs that with cliché sayings such as “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” and “I support the right to bear arms.”

During the demonstration, the national anthem and “God Bless America” played over loudspeakers while students marched with American and “Blue Lives Matter” flags. When interviewed, the students gave what appeared to be rehearsed talking points that generalized the issue of why the Second Amendment lists essential rights for every American.

One of the most crucial points missing from the protest was the “well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” mentioned in the Second Amendment. If gun control measures were passed, the same people who would be sent to enforce them are the people the students were supporting with their “Blue Lives Matter” flags.

In order to understand the most egregious problems with the anti-gun movement that has been pushed by students in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, it must be established that it is not a problem of whether the students are for or against guns. The real problem is found in the willfulness of individuals to surrender their inalienable rights and the rights of others to a tyrannical federal government in the name of “safety.”

While many of the students from Parkland blamed the guns, and the students who held a counter-protest that showed their undying support for law enforcement did not blame the guns, they both came together to act as distractions that promoted the false “left vs. right” paradigm, while ultimately pledging their loyalty to an unconstitutional police state that allowed the Parkland shooting to happen in the first place.

Suspected gunman Nickolas Cruz did not commit mass murder only because he had access to firearms—if he had not had access, there are a number of ways in which he could have carried out such an attack. He committed mass murder because, after years of showing a number of serious warning signs that he was planning on doing such a thing, he was prescribed psychotropic drugs that have only been shown to worsen depression, suicidal thoughts, and aggressive tendencies.

Cruz left several threatening comments on social media, in which he stated that he planned to become “a professional school shooter.” He also threatened his ex-girlfriend and her friends, and he was reported to the school by several students before he was finally suspended.

The FBI also received multiple credible reports about Cruz in the months leading up to the shooting, and police were called to his home nearly 40 times in recent years over reports of “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance,” and “missing person.”

Both the students who rally against guns and the students who rally for guns seem to be missing the fact that it has nothing to do with guns, and everything to do with failure on behalf of law enforcement. While the Parkland shooting is a much more obvious example of why giving police and the FBI unlimited power does not guarantee that they will use it to keep citizens safe, it is also a reminder of how easily Americans be coerced into being distracted when the evidence of what needs to be limited in order to bring about change is right in front of them.

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