Skip to comments.The Black Pledge of Allegance used instead of our Pledge.('Black Pledge' posted on school Web site)
Posted on 01/28/2002 9:29:07 AM PST by vannrox
'Black Pledge' posted on school Web siteEllen Sorokin
THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published 1/28/2002
A public school district in Oklahoma City has been accused of espousing black separatist doctrine because a copy of the "Black Pledge of Allegiance" is posted on its Web site.
FR Poster Note: The Washington Times Editor of this article found it necessary to conserve space by omitting the last four lines. These lines convey the entire intent and bredth of the argument against the issue. The reason for this is unknown, but highly suspect.
We pledge allegiance of the red, black and green .
|FR Poster Note: The following is the "retraction" or alteration of the data on the web site. Notice how it omits the damning orignation of the pledge and how it glosses over the negative impact. Note:
Students are encouraged to research and reflect on their heritage. In the course of these studies students often find documents from the past that may be pertinent or relevant to times in which they live.
Approximately three years ago during a cultural awareness instructional unit, Millwood Middle School students discussed the "Black Pledge of Allegiance," that had been found in their research or study. From their discussion, they recognized the struggles of their ancestors and the need for students to practice self love; to appreciate the freedoms that are an outcome of the Black struggle; and to demonstrate self-determination by performing well academically.
They recommended to the middle school administration that the pledge be placed in the middle school planner as a reminder to all students of the struggles and the importance of love, freedom and self-determination.
The author is unknown. It is unknown, also, what the author meant by nation. There are four (4) definitions of nation in the standard edition of the American Heritage Dictionary:
FR Poster Note: It is unknown what the author meant by Nation? Say What?!?!?! Note:
1. A relatively large group of people organized under a single, usually independent government; a country.
2. The government of a sovereign state.
3. A people who share common customs, origins, history, and frequently language; a nationality.
4. a. A federation or tribe, especially one composed of Native Americans.
b. The territory occupied by such a federation or tribe.
The Black Pledge of Allegiance is NOT recited within the district. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag is recited in many of the classrooms and during all assemblies.
FR Poster Note: Recited in Many... but not ALL. Note:
The Pledge Of Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
FR Poster Note: Note also... that while the Pledge of Allegance to America is one simple sentence. Written so that it can be read quickly and with out pause. The Black pledge of Allegance is written boldly with pause and occupies a substantial amount of space in the web site. It is, in other words, prominently displayed. Note:
The Black Pledge of Allegiance
(author & source unknown)
FR Poster Note: The author is known. The author is simply not mentioned. Intentionally. Note:
We pledge allegiance of the red, black and green
What's surprising is that the Washington Times took 10 days to pick up on it and watered down the impact of the article by not posting the entire pledge. I guess they're becoming too much like the other newspaper in town, named the comPost isn't it?
Now it's definately racist (some would say) -- but why isn't it racist with "black" in there?