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Dr. Andree McLaughlin’s comments
during the inaugural meeting of the American Democracy Project
requires inclusion at all levels of governance.
In this respect,
democracy also means doing the research for and promulgating
laws and public policy, not only carrying out laws and policies
(i.e., "civic participation").
factor in the lack of civic participation is alienation from
democracy because of the lack of inclusion. For example, the
United States Senate does not have one Black member.
There is not just alienation on
the parts of Black people, as this concerns civic participation,
but also on the parts of different racial, religious, ethic and
cultural groups for this same reason of exclusion.
We need to
examine, critically, the quality of teaching resources on the
subject of democracy.
For example, the
NY Times infrequently contains articles about the Caribbean
region and its nation states which are members of the United
Nations, yet the Medgar Evers College student body has a
significant Caribbean American population.
need to determine what teaching resources factually present the
evolution of American democracy and the role of African
Americans, taking into account that 5.5 million persons out of
6.5 million persons in the first nearly 300 years of Colonial
America (from 1492-1776) were Black.
need sensitivity in selecting teaching resources about the
subject of democracy. For example, Thomas Jefferson, one of the
founding fathers, is quoted in materials disseminated to us
about American democracy but he was a slaveholder who had a
Black girl child mistress with whom, DNA has proven, he
conceived children, most of whom he later sold - according to
scholars of American history. A suggested reading is Benjamin
Banneker's 18th century letter to then-Secretary of State Thomas