Yes. Racism IS taught. It's also taught to be widely accepted by everyone (especially by those who are being oppressed) which is why we have such a denial to its very existence. Let that sink in... There are MANY ways to teach history to children.
First, the whitewashing of history as it stands in our society sincerely needs to be tossed. It's fabricated and diluted to support the white dominant narrative - its how power was gained and is still used today to favor them and the superiority complex that comes with it.
But more importantly - don't exploit children to get this agenda across. This is absolutely infuriating! If a teacher ever used my child to recreate a traumatizing scenario such as this one - someone would be getting sued.
Yes, this is a representation of slavery days/thanksgiving (according to press) being reenacted by elementary kids and their "teacher". Their TEACHER. That little girl on the floor is being used and exploited in order to "reenact" these traumatic events...and everyone is laughing. The kicker? The children don't know any better... but that teacher damn sure needs to know better! If she did know better then why the hell is she teaching this in this manner?! And if she doesn't know better...case in point - YOU SHOULDN'T BE TEACHING THIS!
I'm gonna go out on a limb here but I honestly feel all teaching licensure and course curriculum should include pre requisit courses in psychology, anthropology, sociology, all humanity studies like African American, Chicano, Native American, and Women studies, and criminal justice. None of these should be electives. And if that means teachers are in college as long as it takes a doctor to receive their degree? GOOD. Ps? This goes for anyone looking to get into the school system from principals to superintendents. Seriously.
I will be calling this principal this afternoon. This is unacceptable.
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