Race and school curriculum have been at the forefront of the American consciousness in a very serious way lately. With Critical Race Theory creeping its way into schools across the nation, many parents are pushing back against the Marxist backdrop of the benignly-titled belief system.
However, a criticism of the pushback has been that it cuts short the discussion on why exactly so many people are in support of it in the first place. Perhaps a big reason we see such fervor for such a flawed approach to historical education is because we have failed to accurately and thoroughly represent the full history of the United States, when it comes to our Black citizens and ancestors.
There are a lot of right-wingers who don’t believe conservatives should be engaged in “banning” but should instead offer a viable replacement to CRT. I am not one of those conservatives. I know that CRT is Marxism, it creeps — it does not always announce itself by name — and America has traditionally banned communist tools throughout our history. This is no different. It isn’t just an issue of national education. It is also an issue of national security.
Whatever you think of CRT and banning it or not banning it, the truth is that there are huge gaps in our historical education. A positive side effect of the Summer O’ BLM™ is that we are now highlighting some forgotten eras of U.S. history. From the Tulsa Race Massacre to Juneteenth to other less publicized tragedies involving Black Americans, the nation suddenly has an interest in diversifying history.
The Tulsa Race Massacre is a perfect example. This event should be every bit as well known as the Rodney King riots or the Trail of Tears or the Boston Tea Party. Sadly, many Americans are just learning about this. Our history is not clean, and we should not wash over the brutality with cliché thoughts like, “America has grown.” Yes, America has grown…but from what? Our sins do not exclusively reside in slavery. There is a bigger story to tell, one that isn’t told thoroughly.
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