i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened.
Well it will. It certainly will, but so what? Slavery, Jim Crow, Montgomery, The March on Washington, Watts, The L.A. Riots - all of this is important American history that kids learn about in school. But here we still are. Not again, but STILL. It’s easy to be on the right side of history when it *is* history. When injustices are happening in present day (as they always have), there will be media spin, oppressor excuses and justifications, cover-ups, and bans on discussions in class. Including any of these things in the history books is meaningless as a cultural lesson or cautionary tale if we simultaneously teach unflinching obedience to authority, the virtue of capitalism, and racist revisions. Media literacy and critical thinking are discouraged in the classroom. Until that changes, we will continue to learn about these events and gasp, bow our heads and tut tut about how savage and ignorant our predecessors were, while we don’t even raise an eyebrow at the assault and murder of people of colour down the street from us.
do people say “bad neighborhood” for cities next to all-white high schools where the boys are getting high every day and raping girls? do they even say “bad neighborhood” for cities with large kkk meetings? or is bad neighborhood a strictly anti-black code?