If America were a tree, white supremacy would be its roots.
Source — Blogspot
It is going to take multiple waves of different solutions to eradicate the problem of white supremacy in America. We can have laws that remedy the effects of white supremacy all day, but changing the social outlook as well is what is going to have a permanent impact on generations to come. The question that remains is, are we as Americans willing to put in the mental and emotional work it takes to rid white supremacist ideology from our society?
The ahistorical, whitewashed, revisionist history Americans are taught in our K-12 education system is quite frankly abhorrent. People do not know ALL of the histories of this country.
African-American history is actively erased. Hispanic/Latin-American history is actively erased. Asian-American history is actively erased. The history of the Indigenous people of the Americas is actively erased. Why? White supremacy.
We cannot rely on people to seek this information out after they reach adulthood. Is the current lack of multi-cultural historical knowledge due to the American education system birthing genuine ignorance or purposeful apathy of the individual? It’s both.
We know that we teach in primary and secondary education shapes the thinking of the generations to come. Language matters. Phrasing matters.