Make Classical Conversations anti-racist

Make Classical Conversations anti-racist

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Drew Dansby started this petition to Classical Conversations

This is a follow-up to the open letter to Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations, posted in July.

We recognize that the structure and environment of CC allows countless instances of racism to go unchecked within communities, and that the CC curriculum is almost entirely focused on the ideas, achievements, and history of white people. We are also concerned that a growing number of families of color are leaving CC communities because of racism they experience and the unwillingness of white CC leaders to hear their concerns.

We urge CC to enact the following changes:

1. Require anti-racism and anti-bias trainings at all tutor practicums.

2. Revise the Challenge curriculum, including CC materials like Words Aptly Spoken, to include works by non-white authors and artists from all points in history. Include history books written by non-white authors.

3. Revise Foundations materials and history sentences to include Black, Indigenous, and non-Western histories.

4. Remove logic books by Douglas Wilson from the curriculum -- Wilson has written works defending slavery and is against women having the right to vote. Also, remove "Amos Fortune" by Elizabeth Yates from the curriculum.

5. Include discussion materials and debate topics about race across all subjects and years of Challenge, and remove explicitly racist proposals.

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