What the Texas school board is proposing to do is rewrite history... Again. The conservative members claim that there has long been a liberal bias, and that they are correcting this long-standing bias in education. This time, they want to re-write history in a way that would trivialize slavery, even more than they have already done. With the new "corrections", slavery would now be called the Atlantic Triangular Trade (I'm surprised they don't try and take it out altogether. Surely, that will be next on their agenda). We'll come back to this in a moment.
Other corrections include diminishing the role of Thomas Jefferson principal author of the Declaration of Independence - in history courses because of his belief in the separation of church and state. Most people think that the U.S. was founded upon Christianity, when in fact, a lot of the "founders" were against the merging of state and church. The new curriculum would emphasize and exaggerate the role of religion in America's founding, as well as promoting the superiority of the capitalist system. Texas is attempting to re-write history to make the "founding" of the U.S. more in line with their Christian beliefs. Is this not an extremists way of thinking?
Another correction the Texas school board is pushing is to drop references to a landmark court case that barred schools from segregating Mexican American students. Texas would like to maintain it's racism and intolerance, but not its reputation for racism and intolerance. I'd like to take this moment to mention Arizona's ban on "ethnic studies." It is well-known that anytime people say "ethnic", it refers to non-white people. Let me tell you of this ban:
Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a ban on ethnic studies in the state's schools. The legislation was specifically targeted at high schools in the Tucson Unified School District with courses in Mexican American studies. Critics of those courses said they were used by activists in Tuscon to incite hatred, particularly of whites.
A fact sheet for House Bill 2281 gives the purpose of the bill (House Bill 2281):
Prohibits public schools from including courses or classes, which promote the overthrow of the U.S. government or resentment towards a race or class of people, and specifies rules pertaining to pupil disciplinary proceedings are not to be based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.
The law has certain exceptions, such as for native Americans, for instance.That info was from an article. Exceptions for Native Americans, yet they fail to realize that "Mexicans" ARE natives. But that is a whole other blog. The bill is clearly targeting any history that is not "white history". I will come back to this, as well.
The amendments also cast the United Nations in a critical light, with students asked to evaluate whether the UN and its committees undermine US sovereignty - a common refrain for conservative Americans. Ironic that they are so opposed to the undermining of their own sovereignty, while simultaneously, undermining the sovereignty of the people. This is not unexpected, though. The same people who were writing the declaration of independence and speaking of "liberty and justice for all", are the same people who owned slaves and denied liberty and justice to our enslaved people.
In regards to their promoting this corrupt, capitalist system, the Board insists that capitalism will only be referred to as "free enterprise system", largely because of the negative connotations of the word capitalism. They are concerned with connotation. Not reformation.
You see, the concern isn't with making actual corrections. The concern isn't with truth and true historical fact. The concern is with "prettying" and "dressing" up the truth... Or omitting it and manipulating it completely. Terms like "free enterprise" and "Atlantic Triangular Trade" don't properly convey what they truly are. It dresses up horrors and atrocities in pretty pink ribbons and bows. It makes these caucasian conservatives more comfortable.
What is miseducation? Miseducation: 1. to be educated improperly. 2. to be given false knowledge and force fed it as fact. 3. To be stripped of all self knowledge and taught you're other than your own self.
The public school system is meant to indoctrinate, assimilate and mentally enslave non-white children. Non-white children are taught that they have no significant contributions to history. They are not taught nor encouraged to be self-sufficient, self-sustaining and self-defending. When black children go to school, the curriculum is not relevant to them. Therefore, they become disinterested in education. They may even act out. That is when they are labeled retarded and put in the special needs or remedial learning classes. This is mental enslavement!
Malcolm X said, "If you think you've never done anything, you can never do anything." Caucasian children go to school and learn that they are great, their ancestors were wonderful pioneers and bringers of civilization. They learn nothing of the true horrors their ancestors have done. They learn nothing of the legacies their ancestors have stolen. They don't learn that their ancestors are CONQUERORS. They learn they are explorers, discoverers, etc. Thus, caucasian children are taught to be great... Meanwhile, non-caucasian children are taught nothing of the greatness of their ancestors and their history.
We have integrated schools, yet we have no integrated curriculum. We have a country that wants to be racist and oppressive, but it doesn't want to be looked at as racist and oppressive. They wish to shield their filthy ways. This is why we're kept apart from their social equality.
School systems are set up to protect the interests of white America. As is the police force, but again, that is a whole other blog. Our children are still being taught that Columbus DISCOVERED a land that was ALREADY inhabited! Our children are taught this was the first contact with these native people, when in reality, our people are the ones who showed Columbus this land. We had already established trade routes and colonies here. We were natives to this and every land.
Yet history (HIS-story) would have us believe that our history starts with slavery. And many of us do think this. A lot of us on a subconscious level. Through their school system, our self hate is strengthened. Our confidence in ourselves and our people is shattered. Those in power understand that Knowledge is Power. Knowledge of Self is supreme power. They cannot allow that. It would be VERY bad for business... Oh and you best believe the U.S. is a business. And you're property (but again, this is a whole other blog). I digress...
Now, even limiting our history to slavery isn't enough. They now want to make us forget any of us ever were enslaved. That would completely erase their responsibility for the state of non-whites in America and the world over.
"... The creation of a slave mentality was an integral part of the development of this nation."--Dhoruba Bin-Wahad
This is precisely why we need our own schools, or some way to combat the (mis)education our children will receive in the public school system. We cannot keep begging those who want to oppress and kill us for justice, freedom, liberty and fair treatment. We must take it. We must do for self. We're more concerned with integrating than we are with elevating. We are more concerned with "white-black" relations, than we are "black-black" relations. Or ever "black-brown" relations. All non-whites are suffering from lack of a Knowledge of Self and all are being indoctrinated, misinformed, assimilated, desensitized and (mis)educated.
This is all for now. More to come when I write part II.
Peace, Love and Elevation.