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Queens Elementary School Forbids Students From Writing About Malcolm X


Every February in the United States, Black History Month finds schools focusing a chunk of their curriculum towards teaching students about African-Americans who have made positive contributions to the country’s advancement as a society.

According to PS School 201, an elementary discovery and research institution in Flushing, Queens, Malcolm X was not one of those positive Black figures.

Via NYDailyNews:

Teachers at Public School 201 in Flushing told fourth-graders last week that the controversial activist was “violent” and “bad.” They also refused to let the kids write about the assassinated icon for Black History Month.

Children were asked to pick from several prominent black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X for the project, Minor said.

City Department of Education officials said they were looking into the matter and would not defend it.

Parents such as Cleatress Brown and Angel Minor were immediately outraged upon learning of the news and Brown even went as far as to allow her son to write about Malcolm X regardless and proudly turn the report in.

“I’m outraged. As a teacher, you’re imposing your opinion on a bunch of kids,” she told the school’s principal Rebecca Lozada.

According to a survey, 43 percent of the kids that attend the school are Black.

Photo: NYC Schools

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  • Making black History into what whites want it to be.We can’t have angry kids we have to lets all hold hands kids.

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      You’d Care If Your Child Was Or Gets Bulied

  • guest

    it is with pride one should contribute to one’s heritage. dignity is found in confronting that which oppresses and rising above that condition. he was a revolutionary fighting for the common man. he being labeled violent and bad should not agitate the objective of revolution. ozzie davis said many impactful words as he eulogized him in 1965.

    ” …There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain – and we will smile. Many will say turn away – away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man – and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate – a fanatic, a racist – who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them : Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.”