Black History to be Taught More Within York Suburban

Black History to be Taught More Within York Suburban

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Sienna Embrey-Banks started this petition to York Suburban Superintedent/ School Board

Black history is one of the most important parts of American history, yet it is hardly ever taught within our schools. There is so much more that can be taught and learned, such as historic African American lives and events. Many students and adults have never even had the opportunity to learn. 


For nearly over 335 years black people have either been enslaved, segregated, or incarcerated at an alarming rate. Slavery is in the historical journey of Africa and was practiced in many different forms: debt slavery, the enslavement of war captives, military slavery, slavery for prostitution and sex trafficking, and criminal slavery were all practiced in various parts of Africa, as of slavery for domestic and court purposes have been widespread throughout Africa. The centuries of slavery, and the subsequent discrimination and marginalization of people of African that have contributed to the under-looked matter of black people and black voices in our historical record. Yet again it’s never taught. 


Almost every day, black lives are taken for crimes they did not commit or for someone being judgemental and calling the cops. For example George Floyd, age 46 was killed by a white male police officer in Minneapolis Minnesota, during an arrest which was not properly taken care of for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Even if this were what actually happened, the officer (Derek Chauvin) insisted on kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds before he had suffocated to death. Chauvin is now being charged with murder and manslaughter for a combined maximum sentence of 35-years.

Many schools, including York Suburban School District, teach historical events that have altered America including the Civil Rights movement, WWl, The Great Migration, and many more; yet the only Black history taught within Suburban is small portions of slavery, MLK, and Rosa Parks. Even though not ALL students are African American, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be learning more about Black historians that have changed America. 


The year of 2015 marked a century since Carter G. Woodson and his many colleagues created the Association for the Study of Black Life and History in schools. As of, the study of black life has been put into hands and reasonably explained to teach a cause.  But our schools still don’t teach enough for it to be fully understood and teach students more of what needs to be said and taught.


It has been over 5 years since black history was legally put into school boards as a curriculum to be taught. But as shown in throughout Suburbans teaching system, it is not taught well enough nor is it taught enough in general. Black history is American history and needs to be taught within our schools. Sign this petition to have black history taught in York Suburban School District.

 

 

 

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