THINK THAT YOU AREN'T RACIST?
THE ONE MINUTE TEST
Of course this isn't a realistic test to determine if you or I are racist. No. What it does unquestionably illustrate, however, is that every person in that audience was very much aware of the plight of Black people. And aren't we all. Of course the right wingers will tell you that it's Black people's fault that they lag behind Whites in income. That more Black men are imprisoned at more than four times the rate than Whites. That they just can't seem to obey cops who shoot them down. And, naturally, there are all the claims that Blacks aren't the only group of Americans who've been discriminated against - Jews, Italians, the Irish - they too have been discriminated against and they're doing all right.
But here's the reason why as a nation we are still a racist country:
I have to ask how a textbook anywhere in America in 2016 could place slavery in such an innocuous light? This whole incident makes no sense unless you consider that racism is still alive and well.
McGraw Hill is the largest publisher of textbooks in the country if not in the world. Also, this textbook was written and edited by a team of educational experts, a panel of Texas educators and was approved by Texas department of education. And Not One of The Folks Involved in the creation, editing, review and approval noticed that slavery wasn't called slavery but "immigration'? Right.
Sorry folks but this "oversight" is unconscionable. This is particularly egregious since the most deadly war in our history, the Civil War, was fought over slavery (right winger history re-writers notwithstanding). Plus, the institution of slavery is by and large why we have racial strife today so the "whitewashing" of slavery in our textbooks is not just some minor oversight. If folks don't understand that slavery is still affecting us today, they will never have a clue about Ferguson, Baltimore, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice: there will be no context in which to place these events. Folks might just assume that it's Black people's fault. Now, I'm wondering what the McGraw Hill World History Texas textbook has to say about Native Americans? Did they all died from a freak influenza outbreak?
And just to keep you up to date, here's late breaking news about this issue.
Bradley added that he thought people were too easily offended by the textbook, saying to the Tribune, “I applaud the publisher for trying to make a fix and something should be done, but I don’t advocate replacing all the textbooks in the world. It’s not fatal … Unfortunately, in our culture, everybody is too easily offended … Something else I’ve learned is people are only offended if they choose to be offended.”
And think about this: David Bradley is a member of the Texas Board of "Mis"-Education and one of the folks who has the responsibility for educating our children.
And this, folks, is one hell of a sad, sad commentary.