Where are our heroes? Where are ur scientists, inventors, business leaders? Black Minds Matter. We stand here today because generations of children are affected by this lack of inclusion. We stand here today because we value the black youth. We value the representation of blackness, love and acceptance. We fight for equality. We fight for education. We fight for gun reform. We fight for LGBTQ rights. We fight for them all.
It is not okay when a black child's only remembrance of their culture is slavery. It is not okay to be silenced when we ask for more. It is not okay when our white counterparts are able to learn about the very people that pillaged, raped and murdered our black ancestors. Our history should not just be unit in a curriculum of white supremacy and white colonization. I should know more, black children in America deserve to know more. This school system needs to change, this curriculum has to change. American history is more than just the white side of history. American history is indigenous, black, and hispanic history. Our education should reflect that. Black Minds Matter.
I am nothing more than what I see, what I hear and most importantly what I learn. We need more teachers of color. This is a black child's reality, a child of color's reality. We deserve to hear the truth, to hear our history in its entirety, to know more than the oppression that we've been taught in school. It is not enough, it is not fair to have a child learn more about their oppressors than themselves, to know how our people were slaughtered but not how strong we were, how smart we were how resilient we were. The New York City school system is a reflection of this country's failure to address their mistakes, to recognize that Black Lives Matter. We cannot and we will not stand by and let this school system, this nation forget about the black youth.
Chancellor Carranza, we ask that Black History and Ethnic Studies be added to the curriculum for all students. We ask that the discontinuation of the zero tolerance policy be brought into effect throughout all New York City schools. We ask that you recognize and defeat the cultural bias fueling the criminalization of black youth in the school system. We ask that instead of policing our freedom of expression you provide counselors that will make an effort to understand us. So please, think of our future and remember that Black Minds Matter.