Thursday, September 25, 2014

medievalpoc:

theboredgeek:

medievalpoc:

Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:

Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.

According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:

Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!

You can sign the petition here.

You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.

Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.

One of the people that is trying to get these changes made said the following.

While the narrative may be “historically true,” he argues, “progressives are going to be the heroes in this narrative.”

My response? So fucking what?!?

Actually, people should really read the article you just linked to. It’s basically a retired history teacher who’s apparently *just horrified* that kids might learn how to do research and think critically about American history.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anonymous said: The holocaust was 50 years ago and the Jews never bitch about it but slavery was 200 years ago and black people still use it as an excuse for their decline and criminality. Weird it's almost like they'd rather blame other people than take responsibility for themselves.

shitrichcollegekidssay:

May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended, which you know would make that 69 years ago, so you’re wrong about when the holocaust was, for starters, and it’s still taught in public schools, people who were in it still talk about it and it’s generally treated in western society as a travesty, and used as the worst possible case of something that can happen, hitler is constantly brought up and used as the epitome of evil, things that happened during the holocaust are constantly brought up and used as examples of pique war crimes, etc. 

December 6, 1865 was when slavery was abolished in the united states, which would have been 149 years ago, which is… not close to 200, which would again make your dates wrong, unsurprisingly since you can’t seem to get dates right at all as I’m assuming you don’t like to research things before you make claims, however, American Apartheid, AKA The “Separate but Equal” doctrine was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, which would make that 60 years ago, which is 9 years closer to us than the holocaust. Which means, yes, lots of black americans are still alive today who lived through the american apartheid. 

I believe slavery in the world became entirely illegal in 2007, so that was 7 years ago, even you were likely around for that, human trafficking is an ongoing issue, more people are in slavery today than were in slavery in the 1860s, more people are in slavery in america today than were in slavery in the 1860s.

Redlining didn’t end until around the late 70s, but black communities still receive fewer loans than would make statistical reasonable sense today, so it’s still an ongoing problem affecting millions to this day, and the effects of redlining haven’t really been remedied. 

Public schools are funded based on property value, and due to redlining, black neighborhoods property values are lower than majority white neighborhoods, making their schools have less funding on average than majority white neighborhood schools.

I mean literally you can just fucking google all this and realize you’re wrong as hell and have no business spouting bullshit you can’t back up. I mean this shit is basic stuff you can fucking google, your dates are wrong, your time stamps are hella’ wrong, and I find it interesting that you place the holocaust nearer to our current time than in actuality, and you place slavery further from our current time than in actuality, gonna go ahead and correctly assume that’s just straight up racism going on.

medievalpoc:

rafi-dangelo:

Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.
Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award?  This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.
"bold new idea"
I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.

Calling the enslavement of millions of people a “bold new idea” is pretty immoral itself, if you ask me.
In case anyone needs more context for why these students in Colorado are fighting for their AP History courses…
Because students and educators in Arizona have already had their entire Ethnic studies curriculum outlawed, and have tried to gather these marginalized histories into underground libraries…
In Texas in 2010, textbooks that are currently used all over the U.S. and even some districts in Canada were given a conservative “makeover” by elected officials to the outrage of historians...
This is happening all over the United States, and I hope people are paying attention. We are tired of seeing our histories erased.

medievalpoc:

rafi-dangelo:

Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.

Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award?  This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.

"bold new idea"

I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.

Calling the enslavement of millions of people a “bold new idea” is pretty immoral itself, if you ask me.

In case anyone needs more context for why these students in Colorado are fighting for their AP History courses

Because students and educators in Arizona have already had their entire Ethnic studies curriculum outlawed, and have tried to gather these marginalized histories into underground libraries

In Texas in 2010, textbooks that are currently used all over the U.S. and even some districts in Canada were given a conservative “makeover” by elected officials to the outrage of historians...

This is happening all over the United States, and I hope people are paying attention. We are tired of seeing our histories erased.

I have often wondered if Mr. Conservative/Libertarian turns down raises his company offers to *him.* Because I’ve only ever heard this argument applied to low-wage workers. Apparently, when you increase executive salaries and bonuses, that money comes out of a magical portal somewhere, so prices are unaffected. And no one ever tries to tell middle-class knowledge workers that getting a raise would only leave them worse off in the long run. It’s only ever the working poor. I guess they get paid with a different, more sinister kind of money. Rebecca Wald, quoted in Mia Nutick - For those who are in discussions with people who believe that raising the minimum wage is bad for the people who get minimum wage, or bad for prices in general, I give you this quote which breaks it down *perfectly*: (via mslorelei)

peterpipedher:

Even though the memorial was burnt to a crisp for #MikeBrown, it’s BIGGER & BETTER ! #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

oinonio:

postracialcomments:

postracialcomments:

Someone set Mike Brown’s Memorial on fire in the middle of the Night

Residents are rebuilding another memorial.

FERGUSON • One of two Michael Brown memorials burned overnight, though it’s not clear how.

Memorial items near a post along the street burned. However, a larger memorial in the middle of Canfield Drive, marking the spot where Brown died, is several feet away and was not damaged by fire.

For weeks, burning candles have been part of the memorials near the shooting site on Canfield Drive, but it was unclear if the fire at the roadside memorial was set or an accident. One photo showed an empty, overturned votive candle next to the burn site.

Some residents of the area were upset, claiming the fire was set by someone in the pre-dawn hours early Tuesday and that they smelled gasoline in the aftermath.

Many on Tuesday morning had gathered on Canfield Drive, which police had closed. Some were rebuilding the memorial with a blanket and a new collection of teddy bears and other stuffed animals next to the soot-stained pole.

Source

(Dont read the comments, please)

Actually, I’d say that if you’re white, and doubting that there is racism in this country, a glance at the comments should cure you of that.