There we were
standing in the middle of the field staring at the children
We were at Sampson Park for three reasons, inform the kids about the school closures, inform them of Stop & Frisk, and do it all while having fun. A lot of people aren’t aware that New Orleans currently uses a social profiling tool called Stop & Frisk. Stop & Frisk is what New Orleans Chief of Police calls “a valuable law enforcement tool” which allows police officers to stop “suspicious” civilians whom fit the profile of someone that “looks” like they might break the law. When asked to define the term suspicious, he was unable to do so. People also often assume that school closures are normal and think they don’t have the right to object or fight for their schools to stay open. We brainstormed what kind of activities we could plan in order to teach them about the issues without leaving them bored. We used the childhood game “Man Overboard” as an example of Stop & Frisk. I served as one of the friskers and had to stand like monkey in the middle in order to try and catch the “suspicious” kids. It was pretty fun as they ran for whatever stereotype they related to. My most memorable moment of the day was my end of the event recap when I got to talk to the kids about Stop & Frisk. The day was definitely a success.