black and african american rights

52 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Netflix, Nickelodeon

I want movies/companies to be fined for characters not matching their roles

    For years and years black girls/women have grown up not seeing themselves on tv and in movies. Over the past 2 decades or so that’s just changed, only a bit. Black girls are being casted more and are taking on more lead roles, yay. But I’ve noticed a trend that almost every single black girl i see in movies/tv shows nowadays are of a lighter complexion.     Disney has had 100+ movies/tv shows with black leads/big roles and only 5 of those roles have been dark-skinned girls/women. Nickelodeon has had 3 lead black girl roles since 2014, none of them are dark-skinned girls. Disney has only had 2 black girls with major roles in their shows since China Anne McClain in 2014. The list goes on.    Most movies and tv shows only call for a dark-skinned woman when they need a “loud mouthed”, “sassy”, “rude” woman. This feeds into so many stereotypes and not only puts an institutionalized mentality in little black girls heads but maybe even Caucasian kids who don’t see a lot of black people in their lives. Those Caucasian kids will grow up seeing dark-skinned girls/women in the same way because they only saw 1 version of them on TV.   I, Gabriel Armstead, am starting this petition to get movies fined and boycotted in the character they cast doesn’t match the role they are playing. For example, the movie “The Hate You Give” was originally a book. In the book the main Character was a dark-skinned black girl, yet in the movie they casted Amanda Stenberg to play the role, who is clearly of a lighter complexion.     I really hope this petition gets bigger because it’s very important to me and all the black women I've grown up with and now to receive the representation they deserve and it not being negative representation, Thank you.

Dark-skinned girl representation
563 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House, Georgia Governor

Protect Our Citizens

I designed a bill to pass a new law. The African American community is suffering because of the lives being lost at the hands of the officers that were put in place to protect us. This bill will hold police officers accountable for drawing their weapons on unarmed citizens without probable cause. Statistics show blacks are killed at 6x the rate of whites by the police. Fewer than 1 in 3 black people killed by the police in America in 2014 were suspected of a crime and allegedly armed. Levels of crime in the US cities do not make it any more or less likely for police to kill people. There is no excuse for police violence.  There is no accountability. In 2015, more than 100 unarmed people killed by the police were black. Despite black people only being 13 % of the US population. Unarmed black people were killed at 6x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015. 30 % of black victims were unarmed in 2015 compared to 21 % of white victims. 1,147 people were killed by the police in 2017. Black people were 25% of those killed despite being only 13 % of the population. 1,116 people were killed by police in 2018. So far, 406 people have been shot and killed by the police in 2019 and we're only halfway through the year. For years the citizens of the U.S have given you their respect,  money, time, freedom, lives and almost our voice which we are still fighting to keep. We ask that you give us something in return. We ask that you give us the right to live without the fear we will be killed by the police officers you place on the streets. The officers you trust to fully protect us. 

Tarsha Spurlin
37 supporters