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The Two Sides of History: What They Don't Teach at School

In every situation, there are two sides to a story. Oftentimes history textbooks would frequently feature the achievements of blacks or minorities into small boxes on the side of a page. They regularly wrote three of four sentences to summarize what blacks or minorities did to achieve change. Individuals of color were viably written out of history. Younger students all over the world, despite their race, discovered that whites assembled the very establishment of our nation, and every other person essentially just latched on. People don’t know that there were individuals of color in Bacon's Rebellion, battling with men in the Revolutionary War, on the two sides, so they could gain their freedom. The War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, Mexican American War, the Harlem Hellfighters in World War I, to World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, to the current day.

When do we find out about blacks? During Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. What occurred previously? There is so much that blacks have added to our history and culture that can't be placed in a commentary. So much is forgotten about and not known. The argument that is frequently brought up is why we require Black history to have its separate month. Is it a part of American history? Provided that this is true, for what reason does it need to be separated? Black history is usually in small boxes in a corner of a textbook while White history is essentially introduced as "American history" and will in every case dominate Black history.

When you have a chance to look at our history books, you'll see that there is this need to whitewash and moderate the catastrophes that have happened for ethnic minorities in this nation. It's the reason we can applaud a man like Christopher Columbus for "finding" America and disregard the Natives that were slaughtered for his gain. It's the reason we can adore George Washington for being the "father of our country" while we bypass the way that he was a slaveholder. In any case, we can come clean about everything. We can applaud George Washington for being the main leader of the nation, yet we don't need to rehearse his shortcomings. It just implies that we are coming clean about the man that he was. This is the only way that we can quit whitewashing our history and let it become inclusive of all the contributions made by different people.

Ashley Lu

Co-Founder & Chief Editor


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