I go to a small high school in a rural town in Washington. Most of my peers — about 85% — are white. When I get the opportunity to learn about Black history — when I hear about Maya Angelou or Zora Neale Hurston – I genuinely get excited. It’s my chance to learn about role models who look like me and have gone through similar experiences to me.
All students deserve to see themselves reflected in their schools and their curriculum. That’s why Stand for Children is striving to make racial equity a reality in public education by ensuring that students have access to an accurate, fact-based account of U.S. history and diverse perspectives in their classrooms.
It was only a few years ago when people didn’t really speak about racism and historical injustices very openly. I wasn’t being exposed to Black authors in school, but fortunately, things have changed. I can’t imagine not being able to talk about these issues, or read Black authors, or learn about the experiences of other cultures in the U.S. It would just be so one-sided. It would just be fake.
This censorship sounds dystopian, but it’s crazy because that’s what’s happening in certain states in the U.S. What’s the point of getting an education if you’re only getting one small fraction of it?
All students benefit when they have access to an accurate representation of history and how it manifests today. If you agree, please consider supporting Stand for Children this giving season and be part of the movement for racial equity in public education.