Did you know that the first civil right movement symbol was the a mass protest against racial segregation and discrimination in the southern United States. This movement was rooted in the centuries-long efforts of enslaved Africans and their descendants to resist racial oppression and abolish the institution of slavery.
The civil rights movement came to national prominence in the United States during the mid-1950s and continued to challenge racial segregation. Many organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), headed by Martin Luther King, Jr., the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), arranged nonviolent demonstrations to call attention to specific inequalities and injustices while individuals also demonstrated against unjust laws independently.
Whenever there is a mass demonstration, there are also civil right movement symbols attached to demonstrations. Some of those symbols included the slogan:
- Right On!
- United We Shall Overcome
- Black Power
- We Want Black Power
- Black is Beautiful
- Black Lives Matter
Stokely Carmichael, who later changed his name to Kwame Ture, is credited with introducing the “Black Power” slogan to the 1960s movement when he raised it as a chant at a 1966 march in Mississippi. The Black Power Movement was ignited after the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, coupled along with the urban riots of 1964 and 1965. New organizations that supported Black Power philosophies ranging from socialism to black nationalism, including the Black Panther Party (BPP), grew to prominence.
Here is a symbol connected to the Black Power Movement.
There is a difference between the Black Power Movement and a civil rights movement such as Black Lives Matter. The Black Power Movement supporters were prepared to use violence to achieve their goals. The two movements are similar in that they both used a civil right movement symbol.
The Black Lives Matter Movement has been accused of using violence to achieve their goals. The reality is that there were Whites who desired to incite violence. For example, MPRNEWS reported that a White supremacist instigated looting at George Floyd protest.
Other organizations participated in the Black Lives Matter Movement. As you can see, even the #NBA embraced the Black Lives Matter t shirt to demonstrate their opposition to police brutality and other racial injustices.
(GSN) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned athletes from wearing Black Lives Matter apparel or kneeling at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Revolt reports, the ruling is part of a long-standing ban on “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda. pic.twitter.com/2H2DClBv9t
— HJ (Hank) Ellison (@hjtherealj) May 9, 2021
Another racial injustice that exists is racism in schools. Racism in schools has historically created both academic and disciplinary challenges for Black students. For example, Black students have underperformed in math, science, and Language Arts when compared to White students since 1972. White students have benefited from a teaching force that is 85% White.
In school year 2017–18, the national adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) for public high school students was 85 percent, the highest it has been since the rate was first measured in 2010–11. Asian/Pacific Islander students had the highest ACGR (92 percent), followed by White (89 percent), Hispanic (81 percent), Black (79 percent), and American Indian/Alaska Native (74 percent) students.
Another factor that contributes to racism against Black students is school discipline. School discipline has produced the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The two key forces that produced and now maintain the school-to-prison pipeline are the use of zero tolerance policies that mandate exclusionary punishments and the presence of SROs on campuses. These policies and practices became common following a deadly spate of school shootings across the U.S. in the 1990s. The school-to-prison pipeline statistics reveal that Black students are four times more likely to be suspended when compared to White students.
As you have read, there is much work that needs to be accomplished. Quarantine Racism® Educational Services will utilize a program titled ’Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships’ to help to eliminate racism in schools.
Like the Black Power Movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Quarantine Racism® Movement will also utilize the slogan ‘Quarantine Racism®’ as a civil right movement symbol.
All the best,
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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- The Ultimate Guide to Classroom Racism Management
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Woodstown-Pilesgrove Public Schools Superintendent of Schools
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