african american

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Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Department of Education

Make African American History a Graduation Requirement

In January of 2017, a student at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Florida staged a sit-in demanding that African American History be offered as a yearlong course. I decided to extend what she did and request that the course be yearlong, a graduation requirement, and an Advanced Placement class in high school. I'm currently a senior in high school, so although this won't affect me, I believe that future generations will gain a lot from taking this course. African American history is very rich and diverse and exposes us to a culture that most do not understand. Many Black people today don't know their own history, which creates a disadvantage to one's own self. There is so much more than slavery and the Civil Rights Movement which is taught in U.S History, or World History. Also, U.S History and World History are offered as yearlong courses, as well as A.P., and Honors. European History is even offered as an A.P. course, but these advantages are not offered to the African American History course. It is important that we teach to future generations that their words matters, and if they have a problem with any societal issue, they speak up about it. Huey P. Newton once said, "The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution." We must continue to fight for our own rights and our education. According to Florida State Law, an African American History class is supposed to be offered at schools with appropriate textbooks. Many schools in the state of Florida are not offering this course, which means that schools are in violation of Florida State Laws and students are being denied a proper education. We are demanding that African American History be offered as a yearlong course, and also that it be a graduation requirement in Duval County, and in the future, the state of Florida. This petition will be sent to the Florida Department of Education so that all Florida schools can become compliant with the statute cited below for African American studies. In the near future, the petition will also be used for other states in making the course be offered and required. The petition will also be sent to the College Board, so we can also make an AP course dedicated to African American History.  In summary we are demanding that:    African American History be offered as a yearlong course;    African American History be a graduation requirement and as a social studies credit;    Florida schools abide by current state law and offer African American History on all school campuses. Fla. Stat. §1003.42(2) Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction, the following: (h) The history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society. Instructional materials shall include the contributions of African Americans to American society.

Sharif Hall
1,768 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump

African American "New Deal" Petition

Request for a $4 billion trust, paid out in the form of; 0% interest for 5 years - guaranteed business loans for small and start-up African American minority ventures. The need for this petition comes out of understanding the historic struggle of the African American people. By knowing the history, we can see what advancements have been achieved and what areas still needs to be gained... But, for petition sake, the history will be kept brief... From 1620 to 1860, the captive African descendants on American soil endured the harsh brutality of slavery for 240 years. In 1861, the Civil War was fought and the “Negro” received Freedom!... With this freedom “Negroes” were to receive equal rights, proper education, and 40 acres + a mule (resources)... This was an executive order by Abraham Lincoln, but after his assassination, it was vetoed by Andrew Johnson. Negroes received liberty, but were still subject to separation, open racism, unequal laws, oppression, and murder on a daily basis. This continued for 100 years, then, in the 1960’s, the Equal Rights Movement lead by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The African American received equal voting rights, access to better education, and more opportunity! However, from the 1970s thru today, African Americans have experienced a strategic systemic racism... Example; During the 1980’s, under the Reagan/Bush administration, black communities nationwide were funneled Cocaine / Crack from Nicaragua. This action severely weakened community development by poisoning residents and by targeting the dealers! Hundreds of thousands have died from overdoses and tens of thousands serve long prison terms for selling it. This is but one example... Racial Profiling, Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, Welfare Dependance, Medical Exploitation, and Eugenics (Sterilization & Population Control) are a few other methods! Despite systemic racism; the desire, imagination, and ingenuity of the African American people remains strong. We have plenty of innovations, inventions, and business ventures just yearning to be realized! The problem is... we lack the resources to make our aspirations of building strong communities a reality. Remember, those resources from Lincoln were vetoed... we never got them! 40 acres + a mule, for that time, represented the resources needed for a basic farming business. Reparations are long overdue!... And a form of monetary endowment is absolutely necessary!... But we are not asking for a handout! What the African American currently has is Liberty, Equal Rights, and Opportunity... what we lack are the resources needed to fund businesses! So, we propose a New Deal! Simple and straight forward... We the signers of this petition request  of President Donald J. Trump, a $4 billion trust, paid out in the form of; 0% interest for 5 years - guaranteed business loans for small and start-up African American minority ventures. In addition, when paid back, the original loaned amounts go back into the trust and are made available to future minority ventures. We call on President Trump to finish what Abraham Lincoln started and to do what NO OTHER President has attempted since... Empower African Americans to build strong communities, strengthen the nation, leave a legacy for our children, and to help America to flourish! 

Kelvin Rhyne
10 supporters