With the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd maybe it’s time to look at how African American history is taught in our educational system to help some understand why blacks are feeling frustrated and outraged.
Black and white students alike, go through elementary school, high school, and in many cases college and their graduate studies with recycled and refashioned accounts of African American history.
Ultimately many black students are left feeling ignored, and inadequately prepared to convey the systemic nature of the challenges African Americans face.
It’s not the black community’s responsibility to teach white America or other groups about our history, struggles, or achievements –but it is the duty of the educational system to inform and to prepare all of its students for the world by providing a comprehensive and authentic look at how the U.S. was established and continues to function.
If you want to see African American history be taught in your child’s class, contact your local Board of Education.