Stan Tetenman: We are stronger when we study historical truth

Stan Tetenman

Recently, many parents have decided not to trust the school board, administrators and teachers to educate their students. This is not limited to just one district or school.

Some parents have also demanded that certain books be banned. The books are mostly written by color authors or the LGBTQ community. These parents are afraid that their children will feel bad after reading these books.

Many people have complained about what they say is the doctrine of critical race theory. Wikipedia defines CRT as “an interdisciplinary intellectual and social movement of scholars and civil rights activists seeking to investigate racial and legal conflicts in the United States to combat America’s fundamental liberal approaches to racial justice.”

The word “critical” is used as an academic term to refer to the process of critical thinking. It is not a matter of blaming or criticizing others. CRT is usually taught at the college level, not in K-12 classes. Those who speak out against CRT do not define the term, so it is difficult to know exactly what issues they are talking about.

For many years, American educators have taught a whitewashed version of our history. We had no idea how cruel Christopher Columbus was to the local people.

We were taught about the founding fathers who wrote our amazing Constitution, but we did not understand that some of these people also enslaved people or that the document they drafted had a racial connotation.

As part of the agreement, enslaved persons were counted from three-fifths of the individual, who gave the southern states a third of the representatives and votes of the College of Voters, although those who were enslaved were not allowed to vote.

How many people know that the first slaves were brought to our shores in 1619? We did not know at school that their names were taken from them and that they were called slaves and businessmen. Slave people were treated as the property of trade and commerce.

In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that a black person could not be considered a citizen.

Did any of us know that American children were taken from their families and forced to live in school to look like white people? Their mother dress, language, name and customs were taken from them. The government has determined that indigenous people cannot take care of themselves as they have for millennia. The government decided to keep them in reserve on land that once belonged to the indigenous people.

In 1873, the University of South Carolina was the only public college in the South to be fully integrated. When the former Confederations regained power, it was replaced only by whites. This continued until the abolition of segregation by the court in 1963.

In 1880, troops were evacuated from the south, where reconstruction was completed. This is rooted in segregation.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has revoked part of the voting rights document, and within days, many states have enacted laws that make voting difficult. These laws primarily affect people of color.

Until recently, few people knew about the 1921 massacre in Tulsa, which destroyed a large area of ​​the black middle class. This murder prevented the genealogical wealth for these individuals and their ability to be shared with their families.

China’s exclusive act of 1882 was the first and only federal law to explicitly prohibit immigration for a particular citizen.

During World War II, the people of Japan, including American citizens, lost their homes, businesses, and jobs and were forced to live in internment camps in the country. These actions are clearly based on racism and fear.

In 1939, Madison Square Garden was full of fascist supporters to celebrate the birth of George Washington. Like many events, he showed the instability of our democracy.

Black World War II veterans were not given the same privileges as their white veterans.

Students should be aware of these issues and events and have critical discussions about them.

As early as the 1970s, Virginia used a history book that contained descriptions of the amazing lives that slaves lived and how their masters treated them.

Racism continues today. Polluting industries are located in poor areas. Voters in many states are segregated by race.

Teaching our true history is not about making children feel bad about being white. It teaches them what white people did well and what we did badly. Students should know that much of our early prosperity was based on the forced labor of slaves.

It is said that they should not learn things that make them feel bad, it is unfair. This is a false history. If all students learn the truth and learn to discuss this truth using critical thinking, they can and we can work together as a community to make what we have better.

Stan Tetenmann of Poland is a member of the city’s Electoral Council as well as a former member of the Ricker Memorial Library Council.


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