Education Reform NOW: Change Curriculum to Include History of Systemic Black Oppression

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Petition: Education Reform 2020

Education Reform NOW: Change Curriculum to Include History of Systemic Black Oppression 

Current education policy only teaches half the story, omitting the history of systemic, racial oppression of people of color. This call for educational reform demands that school curriculums within the United States must include the teachings of systemic racism, black oppression, and the history of the political, economical, and social forces that account for the oppression of people of color. This reform calls for drastic changes within the education system, demanding that such teachings are not discretionary but rather enforced, mandated teachings within our school’s curriculum. 

Here is a brief overview of mandatory teachings that must be incorporated into our schools' curricula. Please note: a thorough curriculum document is on its way. 

Key terms that will be mandatorily taught within schools according to this policy: 

  • Systemic Racism- Racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power, and education, among other factors. 
  • Oppression- Malicious or unjust treatment or exercise of power, often under the guise of a governmental authority or cultural opprobrium. 

  • Ethnocentrism- The belief that one’s culture is superior to all other cultures. Ethnocentrism is a term that is mostly used in social sciences in reference to the act of believing that one’s culture is superior to all other cultures. 
  • Eurocentric- Focusing on European culture or history to the exclusion of a wider view of the world; implicitly regarding European culture as preeminent.
  • Essentialist (perspective)- Assumption that social differences stems from intrinsic, innate, human variations related to social forces. 
  • Constructivist (perspective)- Assumption that reality can be separated from the way a culture makes sense of it. 
  • Allyship- Continuous process in which someone with privilege and power seeks to first learn about the experiences of a marginalized group of people, and then ultimately emphasize with their challenges and build relationships with that group of people. 
  • Implicit biases- The unconscious attribution of particular qualities to a member of a certain social group. 
  • Prejudice- An effective attitude towards a person based on their perceived group membership
  • Discrimination- The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people. 
  • Overt racism versus covert racism 
  • Covert Racism is a form of racial discrimination that is disguised and subtle, rather than public or obvious. Concealed in the fabric of society, covert racism discriminates against individuals through often evasive or seemingly passive methods. 
  • Overt racism is easy-to-spot, obvious racial discrimination, not falling into the category of passive or disguised. One example of this can be hate crimes. 

Other changes that will be mandatorily enforced within schools according to this policy: 

  • Change of the Literary Canon to include authors of color
  • The teachings of factual, historical events within black history (not simply the white, Eurocentric perspective) 
  • The Black Wall Street 
  • The linguistic treatment of African-American Vernacular within U.S. institutional writing systems

SOURCES USED FOR DEFINITIONS 

PLACES TO DONATE TO THE BLM CAUSE: 

(Below are links to various foundations accepting donations that directly support this movement) 

Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/ 

George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

 I Run With Maud: https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud

Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

Reclaim the Block: https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home

Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision

Communities United Against Police Brutality: https://www.cuapb.org/

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklives.help/?url=https://blacklives.help&gclid=CjwKCAjwlZf3BRABEiwA8Q0qq4SH89ugU6CCNvK-xrElxvHnjVfsYfhLbCyS3ijznmZSDk5vgl6RbRoClgMQAvD_BwE

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://naacplegaldefensefund.org/campaigns/donate-naacpldf/track=DUXXXXA&utm_source=ggexpressbr&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=sem&gclid=CjwKCAjwlZf3BRABEiwA8Q0qqxV2iT9tbI0cMEHt4D2MsSJx3ksOuYF4uFRdD1bqbL0LOUmD9R6ECxoC7NkQAvD_BwE

American Civil Liberties Union: https://action.aclu.org/give/fund-every-fight-ahead?cid=7014A000001Zs9uQAC&initms_aff=nat&initms_chan=sem&utm_medium=sem&initms=200114_evergreenun_sem-402136072219-85034108803-american%20civil%20liberties%20union-b_segmenta_ggl&utm_source=ggl&utm_campaign=evergreenun&utm_content=200114_sem-402136072219-85034108803-american%20civil%20liberties%20union-b_segmenta&ms_aff=nat&ms_chan=sem&ms=200114_evergreenun_sem-402136072219-85034108803-american%20civil%20liberties%20union-b_segmenta_ggl&gclid=CjwKCAjwlZf3BRABEiwA8Q0qq_4b2JC52dpoii-5-lyVT8h44a1Okn6Z4W9jb2foCqZ7x453s05X8xoCcOwQAvD_BwE&gclid=CjwKCAjwlZf3BRABEiwA8Q0qq_4b2JC52dpoii-5-lyVT8h44a1Okn6Z4W9jb2foCqZ7x453s05X8xoCcOwQAvD_BwE

National Bail Fund Network: https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory