Urge Dallas Schools to Promote Gender Equality

Target: Dallas Public Schools

Goal: To stop separating activities in school by gender and to promote equality amongst the sexes.

This year’s Black History Month has already faced an important issue, when a movie about black fighter pilots in World War II was shown in Dallas public schools.  The boys were in attendance while the girls were made to sit through a different movie instead- a common occurrence, according to a Dallas public schools spokesperson. Tell Dallas public schools that it is time to bridge the gap between gender identity and to allow boys and girls to take part in the same events.

Last Thursday, the boys of the Dallas Independent School District said the boys were taken to see ‘Red Tails’ while the girls were taken to see ‘Akeelah and the Bee.’ The spokesperson said it was because there was limited space in the cinema and because it was assumed boys would enjoy the movie more than the girls, however, an original Tuskegee Airman, Herbert Carter, was left without words over the news. He was especially surprised as his wife was the first black woman in Alabama to obtain a private pilot’s license and believed in gender equality. Carter stated his wife would have been offended having heard the girls were not allowed to see the film.

The movie the boys were taken to see, ‘Red Tails,’ is about the World War II pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first black aviators to serve in the United States military. They were not allowed to fight next to white soldiers, something both the boys and girls of Dallas could have benefited from hearing during this Black History Month. The airmen were awarded, in 2007, the Congressional Gold Medal. Urge Dallas public schools to stop separating boys and girls from experiencing the same important events and to promote gender equality.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dallas Public Schools,

When a movie about black fighter pilots in World War II was shown within your public school district, the boys were in attendance while the girls were made to sit through a different movie instead.

Even an original Tuskegee Airman, Herbert Carter, was left without words over the news, as his wife was the first black woman in Alabama to obtain a private pilot’s license and believed in gender equality. I urge your schools to stop separating boys and girls from experiencing the same important events and to promote gender equality.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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