Words cannot express how tired I am of politicians using us as props and photo ops during election season, finessing Black and Brown voters into believing that they’re different from the rest and that they will actually fight for us. Once again, when it comes time to do the real work, our voices are ignored and we’re abandoned.
And, to add insult to injury, Joe Biden—now the presumptive Democratic nominee for president—titled his plan to support the African American community “Lift Every Voice,” but he clearly has not lifted one damn finger to lift one voice from the community! The absurdity and pandering is maddening!
During one of his debates against Bernie Sanders, Biden said, “People are looking for results, not a revolution.”
To me, that showed just how out of touch he is with the Black and Latinx communities because the only way our needs and demands have ever and will be met is through a revolution.
Our communities are frontline victims of the COVID-19 pandemic because we're the longstanding victims of the pervasive pandemic that is racism and injustice. And despite countless movements and efforts to have access to high-quality schools, disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, ensure our kids are college-ready, and overall, make Black and Brown lives matter, we are still struggling because this country does not want to give us our freedom!
So enough ranting. It’s time for action and time for Joe Biden to truly stand with Black and Brown parents just like he did in that picture months ago.
I am demanding that the Biden-Sanders Education Unity Task Force be expanded to include the voices of parents and community members who have been actively advocating for Black and Brown students in low-income communities. This coalition formed between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden cannot adequately address the needs of people of color without real representation from our communities and if you agree, sign this petition.
Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work—“If not me, then who?” As the former Deputy Director of Activist Development for brightbeam, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for change in the public education system. Her passion for community and relentless mission for justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and ...