Violent Education: Why it is time to rewrite history books that stop glorifying White Nationalism

Authors of history textbooks who write about the failed uprising of January 6, 2021, should not ignore the basis of the white race. The influence of white supremacy on American history has largely been ignored by past and present writers, especially in stories of the Civil War.

Too many of these books continue to ponder the reasons why the Confederates sought rebellion, believing that “economic reasons” or “state rights” were an important part of the equation – not recognizing that the driving force behind the Confederate uprising was slavery and undemocratic the system of white supremacy that defined the Paud.

The lack of a strict doctrine of white supremacy has contributed to its spread today. If we really want to go further, let history textbooks make it clear – as clearly as the footage of the January 6 attack that highlighted the Confederate flags in the Capitol – that Trump fanatics prefer to live with white supremacists rather than democracy.

White’s dominance did not disappear when President Donald J. Trump is leaving his post. Efforts to suppress black people, immigrants, Jews and members of the LBGTQ community are not diminishing as social media campaigns suspend the accounts of the famous fanatic. While these actions may silence their voices, we must ultimately fill the abyss of ignorance about racism and the benefits of whites with rigorous, evidence-based lessons about the harm of systemic and interpersonal racism to democracy.

The basis for the devastating uprising instigated by Trump unfolded over the years as he boldly attacked our democratic norms and traditions. Remember, Trump suggested we remove the proper process in dealing with immigrants crossing the border. “If anyone comes,” Trump tweeted in June 2018, “we must immediately, without judges and lawsuits, bring them back to where they came from.”

After the assassination of George Floyd, he unleashed the military against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, DC. And his absurd attempts to invalidate votes cast last November in cities with a majority of blacks, including Detroit, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, have convinced millions of Americans that our free and fair presidential election was somehow rigged because it was rigged. These are just some of the treacherous, fanatical actions that historians need to put in context to combat the harmful narrative that feeds the rebels: a distorted view that white supremacy and bigotry are patriotic and noble values.

This is a concept that has long been included in history textbooks and social science programs. Explaining how black people came to the United States, a textbook from 1903 explained that “settlers bought them … and found them so useful in growing tobacco that they brought more, and slavery became part of our history.” It reads like a romantic Western European immigrant novel, not a description of a major act of involving the country in the wildly immoral transatlantic slave trade.

Unfortunately, it is not surprising that in history textbooks, the Civil Rights Movement is still shrinking, for example, in favor of laudatory stories about politicians about white supremacy, or simply blatantly racist. One book published by Pearson Education, which was published before 2007 but was still in circulation in some schools a few years ago, suggested that many enslaved people “may not have been very unhappy with their fate because they knew No other. “

To date, history textbooks in many private Christian schools have accused President Barack Obama of racial unrest; one states that “Americans’ views on racial relations declined after Obama took office.”

Such lessons have been learned by modern politicians who continue to support Trump even after the mob in the Capitol. In the run-up to the 2017 snap election in the Senate in Alabama, Republican candidate Roy Moore was asked if he thought America was “big” last time. He replied: “I think it was great at a time when families were reunited – although we had slavery – they took care of each other … Our families were strong, our country had a direction.” You can’t just tie this ignorance to Moore. In that election, he received 68 percent of the white vote.

Moore barely lost that race in the Senate to Democrat Doug Jones. However, countless politicians who have learned and believed in the bleached version of American history have been elected or appointed to state and local school boards and undoubtedly believe that white supremacy and oppression have been and are beneficial to the country.

Because education is a function of the states and there is no national standard on how to teach slavery and white supremacy, there are very different curricula across the country. The fighting that is still going on in the states around history curricula will not stop when Trump leaves office. Trump’s defeat has only encouraged people who deliberately confuse slaves with immigrants and potential dictators with democratic leaders.

Historians should be equally motivated to rewrite the flaws of past history books. We need to know that child racists become adult racists. Sure, we can’t control what parents tell their children, but if educators give good, rigorous lessons, we can put student “F” for not understanding slavery, Jim Crow’s racism, systemic discrimination in housing, and a failed uprising Trump.

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