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Federally Funded Lesson Plan Asked Oakland Students to Compare Cop Killer to Martin Luther King

April 11, 2014  | 

A lesson plan asking students to draw parallels between late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is an "absolute disgrace," the widow of the fallen Philadelphia officer told

Maureen Faulkner, whose husband Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1981, said the latest effort to glorify Abu-Jamal’s past using a lesson plan posted on the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District’s website is akin to advocating violence to young students.

"It’s a travesty," Faulkner told 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 lesson plan, which was authored by teacher Craig Gordon for 11th-graders within the 37,000-student district, suggests that students "critically examine a possible parallel" between King and "someone else many believe is currently targeted by the U.S. government, Mumia Abu-Jamal."

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.

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Mike @ 4/11/2014 4:51 PM

Glorifying a Cop Killer is, by far, the most egregious attack on our society that the Liberal scum can perpetrate.
They only removed that lesson plan because they got caught.
How many other bits of Progressive trash have slipped through the cracks and into the minds of our children?
This has gone far enough!!

LAHeat @ 4/11/2014 6:58 PM

In my many years in law enforcement I have followed the various news bytes on the murderer, Mumia Abu-Jamal. A Google search of the murderer' name will net all the groups who have made Mumia Abu-Jamal a folk hero. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a murderer and a coward. He shot Ofcr Faulkner in the back and then executed Faulkner with additional shots and one to his head. Fortunately, when Ofcr Faulkner was first shot, Ofcr Faulkner was able to fire one shot which hit Mumia Abu-Jamal in the chest, but unfortunately failed to stop him from his murderous intent. For those of you too young to know the story or those of you whose memories have faded about the 1981 murder of Ofcr Faulkner, you can go to:

The only good news is that the murderer, Mumia (as he is known) is spending his life in prison where he belongs!

hh @ 4/11/2014 9:01 PM

If you look at today's Philadelphia Inquirer online there's a related article. This school lesson hasn't been taught in schools there for over 10 years. I don't understand what would prompt FOXNews to print something which clearly is more history than news, imply that it is recent and hasn't taken place in over a decade. Doesn't excuse it in the first place.
Read the full story here:

Greg @ 4/14/2014 5:54 AM

I loved this quote on the sutdent task: "Again, since Abu-Jamal’s case is considered by many to carry the political significance of the Sacco and Vanzetti case or case of the Rosenbergs for our time, one might expect to find at least a mention of it in a current U.S. History textbook."

So, 2 atomic spies (outed in the Venona Papers), a pair of anarchists and a cop killer...what gives any of them political impacts (vs. racist blacks and leftists refusing to admit he was a cowardly killer).

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