We live in a country whose education system has tragically whitewashed some its important and notable figures, erasing their statuses as people of color from the general public. Let's have a look at some the most well-known, yet little-known POC from history.
Sen. Cotton, I'm A Teacher, And The 1619 Project Isn't A Bad Idea If You Want To Teach History Properly
This isn't about white history, it's about teaching history properly.
Sen. Tom Cotton clearly doesn't understand history, or at least doesn't understand that white history isn't the only history in the world. Cotton just proposed a bill that opposed using federal funding for The New York Times' 1619 Project, a series of essays that aims to reframe and reshape the way history is taught in schools and frame the historical narrative around the date of August 1619 when the first slave ship arrived.
There are 11 confederate statues inside the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. This list is of potential individuals that could replace the spot that these statues take place in.
There are currently 11 statues that commemorate members of the confederacy in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for the removal of these statues and some states have already been in the process of removing theirs. One obstacle is that these statues were sent as gifts from individual states that choose who they believe are the most deserving deceased individuals to represent them in The Capitol. The state of Florida and Arkansas have already chosen who will replace the confederate individuals and they will be included in the list below. Nevertheless, I chose the rest of the individuals based on their historical impact and how they could bring in to light the diverse group of people who helped shaped this nation for the better.
There are some individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks who would have been great choices but their likeness is already placed permanently through Congress, therefore others had to be considered. Some of the individuals are musicians, activists, authors, actors, veterans, an athlete, and even a first lady. These are their stories and why I believe they are more deserving to be honored than those who helped the confederacy.
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In the history of Rock & Roll, there have been many black American musicians that have shaped Rock & Roll music today, and I believe that they deserve more credit than given.
When you think of early Rock & Roll bands you (and probably your parents and grandparents too) would think of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, etc. and justly so because of the individual impact each of these prominent musicians made on the music world, but if we dig deeper in the roots of Rock we can see these roots grew from African-American beginnings in Motown soul and rhythm & blues.
"No man is above the law, and no man is below it." - Theodore Roosevelt
You say racism does not exist and maybe you're White like me
You cannot fake what was never a trend.
Old is the new "new," as if something of age was meant to be reborn or reproduced. What the past is to us is what the present is to the past. A means of living that expresses the hopeful need of a future not yet lived. Back then, the eternal phrase of dissonance, what we find out of style or outdated was natural living at that point in time. The past we look back at was once the present day. It is a miracle that our gaze can be so scrutinizing enough to see farther than the future allows us. Unless it is to be forgotten, misplaced, redacted, or revised, history will show its punctual and preeminent watershed epochs, even if it means rinsing and repeating. It all depends on whose washing the plates.