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February 29, 2020

Remove racist language from Alabama Constitution!

topic: Racism
type: Petition
by: Yair Oded

It’s 2020, and yet racial segregation in schools remains a prevalent problem in the United States, and especially in the South. 

Across the country, parents and municipalities attempt (and in many cases succeed) to ‘splinter’ off from school districts with predominantly black or Hispanic students and establish their own separate school districts - a pattern which, as research shows, dramatically raises the percentage of school segregation in America. 

In Alabama, where school segregation is a serious issue, the State Constitution still contains a section that mandates racial segregation in schools.

The section (number 256) reads that, “Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”

A petition launched by the Equal Justice Initiative - an Alabama-based non profit organisation -  calls on the Alabama State House and Senate to once and for all remove this racist, archaic section from the State Constitution.

While this language does not have any official authority, as school segregation was universally banned in the U.S. by the Supreme Court in 1954, it nonetheless emboldens racist elements in the state that continue to push for school segregation and perpetuates sentiments of white supremacy and separatism. 

Please sign the petition and send a clear message to lawmakers that school segregation has no place in today’s America. Amending the Constitution of Alabama could have a reverberating effect and draw further attention to the issue of school segregation, which plagues communities across the country. 

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