Stop the Exclusion of Black People from the Jewish Holocaust History

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Dr. Derrick Campbell started this petition to Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D. Education Commissioner.

When the Jewish holocaust is taught in schools, they never teach that there were Blacks who suffered in the concentration camps along with the Jews. They never teach that there were Black army soldiers that helped to liberate people from the Nazi concentration camps. And there is much more.

Even more insulting, they never teach about the Black Holocaust.  

If you believe that all students should learn about the facts related to Blacks in the Jewish Holocaust and the Black Holocaust, then sign this petition NOW!!!  

The Jewish Holocaust is taught in twenty-nine states. New Jersey provides the best starting point to making this a national movement.

In 2002, Assemblymen William D. Payne and Craig A. Stanley sponsored a bill that resulted in the Amistad Law. The Amistad Law requires that New Jersey schools incorporate African American history into their social studies curriculum. According to the New Jersey social studies curriculum standard Era 11 requires students to compare the varying perspectives of victims, survivors, bystanders, rescuers, and perpetrators during the Holocaust. A careful examination of the New Jersey Jewish Holocaust curriculum reveals that this curriculum is absent of the requirements of the 2002 Amistad Law. 

Additions to the social studies Jewish Holocaust curriculum should include requiring curriculum materials and speakers that are associated with the Wiener Holocaust Library. The library was started by Dr. Alfred Wiener which host the world’s largest British collection of original Nazi era and Holocaust materials. One of the most promising library materials is a news article titled “The Persecution of Black People in the Nazi Camp System”. Other curriculum materials that would provide the experience of African Americans involved in the Jewish Holocaust include:

  • Hitler’s Black Victims: The Historical Experiences of Afro-Germans, European Blacks, Africans, and African Americans in the Nazi-Era
  • Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Memory in the Third Reich

Utilizing curriculum materials regarding African Americans and the Jewish Holocaust is a perfect segway to incorporating the holocaust experiences of African Americans. One such resource is the Americas Black Holocaust Museum.

The Americas Black Holocaust Museum was founded in 1988 by Dr. James Cameron. The museum has seven History Galleries and a Special Exhibits Gallery. The History Galleries detail in chronological order life in Africa before captivity to African American life today. The Special Exhibits Gallery includes a memorial to victims of lynching, the freedom Lovers Roll Call Wall, an art exhibit as well as featured exhibits.  

Other curriculum materials related to the Black Holocaust should include:

  • The Black Holocaust For Beginners Paperback – August 21, 2007 by S.E. Anderson (Author), Vanessa Holley (Illustrator)
  • The Black Holocaust Paperback – June 11, 2020 by Timothy White Sr.
  • Black Holocaust: The Paris Horror and a Legacy of Texas Terror Paperback – August 24, 2015

In short, incorporating the holocaust experiences of Black People into Jewish Holocaust experiences and will help New Jersey schools to meet the requirements of the Amistad law as well as ensuring that students benefit from the facts regarding Black History. 

Please join the movement today and encourage your friends to do the same. 

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