HM Government Response to White History Month
Read the mealy mouthed response from the government that took a year for them to come up with and the rubbish about Blacks and Asians living here for the last 500 years.
Make November the Official White History Month
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We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Make November the Official White History Month. More details
Submitted by Mike Howson – Deadline to sign up by: 13 October 2009 – Signatures: 1,544
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MAKE NOVEMBER THE OFFICIAL WHITE HISTORY MONTH
we call for White History Month every November in response to calls from the British public following yet another officially-endorsed Black History Month in October.
The campaign is a response to the annual Black History Month held every October. Black History Month is endorsed by the government, politicians, the BBC and other state institutions. There are exhibitions, websites, events and initiatives in schools, universities, colleges, town halls and city centres in Britain and all over the world.
We have no problem with anybody wishing to celebrate Black History Month, which allows Black people to celebrate their identity, explore their heritage and show pride in their achievements.
This is why we urge you to sign this petition giving full support to official White History Month. During this month all White people around the world – and in Britain -- will celebrate will their history and heritage with pride.
We hope that White History Month will attract the same level of funding, public recognition and support from politicians and celebrities which Black History Month has drawn.
The Government vision is of a fair society where there are no barriers to participation or ambition based on race, colour or ethnicity. Only by giving everyone the opportunity to succeed can we build a better future for everybody in Britain.
The Government is not responsible for Black History month. This is, rather, a community led initiative which has developed since the mid-eighties, and individual organisations take part on a voluntary basis. Its benefits are that it raises awareness of the, often unknown, Black contribution to our shared history, for example, that Africans and Asians and their descendants have been living in Britain for the last 500 years and also made a major contribution in the Second World War. By focusing on what people have in common, as well as recognising the value of diversity, we can foster a shared sense of belonging and a shared sense of the future.
In schools, the existing National Curriculum programme of study for history requires pupils to be taught a substantial amount of British history. The Government is currently reviewing the national curriculum and has announced its intention to reduce the amount of central prescription in the way that schools teach their pupils. The Secretary of State for Education has expressed his intention to return to a more narrative approach to British History.