Remove Racist Chicago Superintendent

Remove Racist Chicago Superintendent

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Matt Smith started this petition to Racial Equality and

On the 6th of August Chicago District 65 superintendent Devon Horton determined that in person schooling will restart for black and brown students only, excluding white students from classroom schooling in that district. The reasons he gave for this decision are that black and brown students have been discriminated against and were marginalized in the past. He concluded that "no decision is going to make everyone happy – we understand that." This means that parents in the district will have to explain to their children that school has started for black and brown students only. 

We are at an important moment in American history where we are trying to teach our children about the importance and virtues of racial equality. It is true that black and brown Americans were unfairly discriminated against in the past, but discriminating in the opposite direction repeats the same crime and  teaches our children the wrong life lesson. This racist attitude and overt discrimination is counterproductive and in contravention of the principles expressed by the courts in Brown vs the Board of Education. It also denigrates the hallowed teachings of Reverend Martin Luther King. Educating one race of children separately or providing them with better educational access is the same tactic Southern whites like George Wallace employed in the 1960's to keep African Americans out of white schools and to slowly settle the social acceptance of preferential treatment. The controlling powers in the South had intricate and rationale sounding pretexts for their decisions, but at the core their policies were simply racist. Any superintendent who would consider such an explicitly racist educational strategy is unfit to serve. We will ask for and accept nothing less than his termination or resignation along with the resignation of anyone else involved in this decision.

We will present this petition to the Mayor of Chicago, its' City Council and other important figures in the Chicago community. Whether you are black, brown, or white we ask that anyone who believes in racial equality and progress support this important petition. It is essential that the principles of equality be universally applied so that the idea of equality can be correctly transmitted to our youth.

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