.Hey Kayne, Get out of your Black Hole: Slavery Was Never a Choice

Hey Kayne, Get out of your Black Hole: Slavery Was Never a Choice By Ilene Proctor Hey Kanye, Ignorance is never bliss when it comes to matters of American history and when our schools fear to tread truthfully on matters relating to our dreadful and ugly civil rights history. Questions like: “Who won the Civil War?,” “Who is our Vice President?,” and “Who did we gain our independence from?” should be an automatic answer to every American, and especially your million plus followers instead of the rose colored white American glorified glasses. Like a scary SNL skit , even college students’ answers were stunningly uninformed, spanning from “the South” in response to the first question to “I have no idea” as an answer to that question. American philosopher H L Mencken once said scathingly of American knowledge of History “One can never underestimate enough American knowledge of history. To be perfectly blunt about it, far too many Americans are shockingly ignorant of history, a fact that is exacerbated by an unwillingness to learn the true story of how white supremacy shaped the founding and development of the nation. I ask you how is it possible that many school kids don’t know the history of not only slavery in America but genocide to American Indians, as well? The reason is shockingly simple: because it’s either not been taught to them in school — or, when it is taught, it’s inaccurately portrayed to support false narratives which glorify white Americans’ views of themselves. The consequence of this type of miseducation has been to produce generation after generation of students who graduate with a fundamental misunderstanding of how and why racial disparities and antagonisms exist today Slavery’s long reach continues into the present day. The persistent and wide socioeconomic and legal disparities that African Americans and American Indians face today and the backlash that seems to follow every African-American advancement trace their roots to slavery and its aftermath. If we are to understand the world today and change the course of our uncivil war against minority Americans (of all kinds) , we must understand slavery’s history and continuing impact. Understanding slavery is critical to comprehending racial inequality in 2018. The formal and informal barriers to equal rights erected after emancipation, which defined the parameters of the color line for more than a century, were built on a foundation constructed during slavery,” We are experiencing an epidemic outrages with persistent housing discrimination, unjustified surveillance and arrests of black shoppers, and the sort of senseless, near-daily indignities faced by black people in America — such as the recent police interrogation to which napping black student at Yale University was needlessly subjected. “It’s important to recognize that one of the legacies, if not the chief legacy, of slavery is the believe in white superiority,” he told me. “Stringent policing, white fears of black criminality and reacting with trepidation, and the misguided notions that black people are out of their place – that’s white supremacy, and we have slavery to thank for that.” We obviously need a new Emancipation Proclamation to mandate that States set higher expectations for teaching about slavery. “In a word, the standards are timid because of 15 state standards analyzed, none addressed how the ideology of white supremacy justified slavery.

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