Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Overheard at Table 1: To Teach or Not to Teach the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots

High School: So today we're going to learn about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots

Conservative Group: You can't teach that! 

HS: Why not?

CG: Because it will make white kids feel bad about themselves.

HS: Why would it make them feel bad about themselves.

CG: Because Black people got killed.

HS: And why should that make white kids feel bad about themselves?

CG: Because they got killed ... by white people.

HS: And did these kids - both either black or white - actually do the killing?

CG: Of course not, they weren't even born then.

HS: And did you or I do the killing?

CG: We weren't born then either.

HS: Then why should any of us feel bad about ourselves when we learn what other people did to each other before we were born?

CG: Because we look like them, blacks and whites.

HS: And how, exactly, would NOT teaching about the 1921 Race Riots change what we look like now.

CG: Not at all!  And that's the way we like it!  Keep everything the same.

HS: Keep the country a place where the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots happened, continue to happen, and will happen again.



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