Make anti-racism education mandatory in Madison City Schools

Make anti-racism education mandatory in Madison City Schools

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Olivia Jones started this petition to Madison City Schools superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols

In light of recent events, it should be clear that racism is far from over in America. The devastation and fear that the Black community experiences every single day is the result of intergenerational trauma and biases that perpetuate racist myths and stereotypes. Therefore, in order to unlearn these prejudiced beliefs, it is necessary to begin anti-racist education from a young age. That is why I am petitioning Madison City Schools to make anti-racist education mandatory.

As a senior in high school who has taken AP World History, AP Human Geography, AP US History, AP US Government, and AP European History, I believed I had a solid understanding of the foundations of the United States. I could not have been more wrong.

As I have educated myself these past few weeks, I have realized the horrific extent to which history is whitewashed, with BIPOC accomplishments being swept under the rug in favor of European or otherwise “white” ideals, history, and milestones.

Some examples of things I have learned about recently include:

  1. Redlining
  2. The 13th Amendment did not abolish slavery in totality
  3. The history and origins of the police force in America
  4. The racial motivations of President Nixon’s “War on Drugs”
  5. The Black Panther Party
  6. The exclusion of Black Americans in President Roosevelt’s New Deal

and more.

I believe all these topics are incredibly important to understanding the history of racism in the United States, and the fact that (to my knowledge) they are not being taught is a severe oversight in the curriculum of Madison City Schools.

In order to create a safer, more educated, less racist world for everyone, it is necessary to implement anti-racist education into the Madison City Schools curriculum.

The goal of this is to change the curricula to better educate the student body, but I am aware that this can take some time. Therefore, I would also like to put forth the idea of mandatory assemblies and/or workshops to address the issue of whitewashed history and how it affects all of us today.

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