Target: Steven Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Goal: Allow public school teachers to display posters that promote equality and diversity.
School administrators are being criticized for requiring teachers at Westminster High (Maryland) to remove certain posters from classrooms on the grounds that they are “political.” The familiar posters, part of the “We the People” campaign created by artist Shepard Fairey, are often viewed as symbols of unity and the importance of diversity. According to Fairey, they are meant to uphold the nonpartisan American ideals of equality, respect, and religious freedom, which makes their removal from this educational space all the more upsetting.
Administrators made the final decision to keep the posters down because they deemed them “anti-Trump” and therefore inappropriately political for a public school. However, there is nothing on the posters themselves that is explicitly political. They simply promote equality, which should be cherished and protected regardless of one’s political affiliations. Sign below to tell these administrators that equality is a right, not a political stance.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I am deeply disappointed by your and your colleagues’ decision to maintain the ban of “We the People” posters on Westminster High’s campus. Administrators have claimed that the posters are “anti-Trump” and “political,” but there is nothing on these posters that indicates a political stance whatsoever; they merely highlight the importance of equality and diversity.
These are universal values that should be upheld with no regard for political affiliation. Show that you support equality, diversity, and Westminster’s students. Allow the posters to be displayed on campus.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Davide Taviani