Attempting to take a broad and honest look at history and its impact on the present, is research, not Critical Race Theory. American history is a peculiar mixture of idyllic freedom for some and unjust, lifelong bondage for others. Both storylines should be taught.
If a public health mask mandate is a threat to freedom, then slavery was an unimaginable holocaust. Here is America’s historical irony: Freedom loving men forcibly held innocent men, women, and children in a lifetime of cruel, unpaid labor.
We need truth and reconciliation: A factual telling of the cruelty committed in American history is therapeutic, not unpatriotic. All history matters, yet we honor some history while ignoring, hiding, or denying the parts of history that we don’t like.
Here’s an example of selective history: Americans want to remember Pearl Harbor and 911, but forget about slavery and lynching.
American history: Taxation without representation was declared “tyranny,” while the lifetime enslavement of innocent people was declared the “peculiar institution.” One Founding Father broke the mold (but today he is mostly forgotten). Founding Father, Robert Carter III, freed and paid his 442+ slaves so he could be true to his belief in freedom.
There’s no excuse
For millions of lifetimes
Of wage theft
And cruel abuse.