California Lawmakers say Students Should Learn What President Obama’s Election Meant for Racial Equality and Civil Rights

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES
President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland
MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES

Saying that Barack Obama’s election marked a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States,” California lawmakers last week passed a bill to encourage schools to teach students about the racial significance of his presidency, the Associated Press reports.

The California Assembly, with unanimous bipartisan support, passed the measure Thursday. It now heads to the state Senate, the report says.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks state education officials to include President Obama’s election in history and social studies standards by mapping out a blueprint of what students are expected to learn, the news site says.

Lessons about President Obama should highlight what his election meant for racial equality and civil rights, Holden said on the Assembly floor, the AP reports. He said that Obama’s historic first-term election in 2008 “should not just be a mere footnote within textbooks, but rather focus on the significance of Americans overcoming our nation’s past and acknowledging that Americans are moving in the right direction.”

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  1. Press release: ‘De facto’ discrimination, or de facto slavery? Employers are allowed to mistreat Blacks in S.C…US Court.

    US District Court, Charleston, SC; Employers, mistreating Blacks with undeserved difficulty in the workplace, are not guilty of discrimination. Imagine the public outcry if a dog was mistreated?

    The case now goes to the Supreme Court with this question.
    1. QUESTION PRESENTED filed to the Supreme Court Justices on 4-21-2014.
    “ Is it in the public interest to know that a US District Court, after reviewing evidence, ruled that a ‘group of executive White people were actually mistreating a Black employee and causing him undeserved difficulty at work’, but still did not find them guilty of racial discrimination or creating a hostile working environment ”?
    Background:
    1. William Lincoln filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in 2012 at the US District Court in Charleston, SC (Civil Action No. 2:11-3234-DCN-BHH).
    2. An abundance of evidence was given to the Court to substantiate the claim of racial discrimination, including the replacement of 90 per cent of the Black instructors with White instructors, in less than a year. He was the only Black instructor left.
    3. This is the mentality and actual ruling of the US District Court of the 4th District;
    In ‘REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE’ under DISCUSSION,
    “The Court would acknowledge that the plaintiff may have legitimately faced some mistreatment or undeserved difficulty at work”. Some of the facts are irregular. But, there is no evidence that his experience was racially motivated.” (p4. para 1 and 2).
    4. The Appellate Court in Virginia upheld this ruling.
    5. So it is not your imagination that our Courts are mistreating Blacks and are extremely difficult for Black people.
    6. And it is no wonder that our prison system is overflowing with young Black men and women. And White men get away with cold blooded murder of young Black men.

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