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A huge part of the issue with discussions of race in America is that 1) the nuts and bolts understanding of civics and government in lower grades is not adequate to develop a full understanding of how something like racial discrimination can be institutionalized, and 2) race education itself within the school systems is largely insufficient in that the source documents are no longer referenced to illustrate the thinking of the countless racist politicians, academics, business and community leaders which were instrumental in maintaining a second class citizenry among blacks. I think that it would be more valuable to have children read (or be read) the plain language that was used to describe blacks in the very recent past by the nation’s leaders than to white wash it (no pun intended) in a text book as a minor detail under the paragraph discussing the “I Have a Dream” speech.
Sdub, I think that you are 100% correct. So few people really understand the history behind what we are talking about and why it still matters. Thanks for the practical suggestions!
As always brilliant.
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