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Student Kicked Out of School for Questioning This Black History Month Display

Student Kicked Out of School for Questioning This Black History Month Display

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by G. Brown

Black History Month…it’s explained in the title.  A month to learn about the contributions that Blacks have made to civilization from inventions to the arts and everything in between.

So why did a Neighborhood Learning Center outside of Atlanta feature this display and rename the observance, American History Month. The display featured the familiar faces of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Barack Obama along with George Washington, Jimmy Carter and Walt Disney?!

 

A four-year old (not kidding A 4-YEAR OLD!) basically questioned the renaming from Black History Month to American History Month and was  said to be punished for having the audacity to question the adults.  So now, the child’s mom, Kendra Molden, comes into the story.  Molden posted the display and story on Facebook and the rest as they say is history.  The post went viral and the teacher responsible for the display explained,  “The door states ‘Celebrating American History.’ Pre K has guide lines that must be followed and news flash, Abraham Lincoln freed black people. Go study your history! We are in a diverse learning institution and we do not discriminate.”  The teacher punctuated her post with this admonishment, ““Don’t let ya mouth write you a check that you can’t cash.”—WELL!

The mom’s post immediately drew the support of others….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there were those who saw the mom’s post as part of the problem…

The school obviously agreed with the last poster.  After Molden posted the story to Facebook, her son was in effect expelled from the Neighborhood Learning Center and will not be allowed back in.

Now, if the teacher behind the display was White, it would kind of be expected.  But the teacher who wanted to create a more harmonious atmosphere (according to her response) happens to be Black…which brings us to the question of ‘is she right?’ Is Black History Month even relevant anymore?

That’s a question national newspaper USATODAY asked a couple of years ago.  And just like with Molden’s FB post, the answers fell both for and against. Many views agreed with the teacher’s that history does not belong to one race of people—but to all Americans.

Others argue that Black History wasn’t…and isn’t being taught in public schools which is why Black History Month even exists.  If the history of all that Blacks have done for America as Americans were included in our educational curriculum then there would be no need for the month.

It’s only during Black History Month when children learn that part of American history through plays, special programs and displays.  Even many adults are not aware of all that Blacks have done from helping to build the White House to the number of Presidents before Obama who were considered Black.  And once Black History ends, so does the conversation of Blacks and their historical contributions.

In response to that teacher, yes Abraham Lincoln did sign the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves—but not all of them.  The measure was taken as a military strategy to end the Civil War, not a human rights issue.  It was a way to undermine the Confederacy and build up the Union.  Even though Lincoln was said to hate slavery, he didn’t believe that Blacks should have the same rights as Whites and said during debates that he was opposed to giving Blacks the right to vote, to serve as jurors or to intermarry with Whites.

It’s nice ideology that if we did away with Black History Month, the schools will extend the knowledge shared in one short month to an entire school year.  But we’ve been observing Black History Month since 1926 when it began as Negro History Week..and that hasn’t happened yet?

What do you think….is Black History Month no longer relevant? Or is setting aside a month the only way young people (and adults) can learn anything about the contributions  Blacks have made and are making to civilization?

 

Comment(12)

  1. American History is Whites Interpretations. This same history doesn’t and has NEVER given Blacks any Credit for All the Inventions and other attributes they contributed to AMERICA’S HISTORY. Black History was created for that Reason. American History is inaccurate and will never be ACCURATE until it acknowledges the Crimes Committed To The Blacks Who HELP BUILD AMERICAN HISTORY.

  2. Sadly much of Americas History is left out of our schools. Black, white, hispanic, Chinese and Native American histories have been ignored and short changed. Until we demand equal treatment and recognition of all Americans we will never be a truly great America. Most Americans are made up of multiple races and ethnicities and have proud histories. Let us proceed with that all inclusive study of all American History.

  3. The teacher likely believes that her own relatives landed on Plymouth Rock. The poster that calls Mom “divisive” thinks that teaching history inclusive of Blacks is wrong. History should continue to be published as a “Whites Only” endeavor. This thinking is common among some Blacks as well as Whites.

  4. You may have heard this before, if so … I truly believe that everyday is America’s History which also means everyday is Black History. Understand this Black History is as relevant today as it was in it’s inception. No. Black History Month is not just to learn about Black History it’s about living Black History, and to remember those that came and gone, it’s about remembrance the good and the bad, the ugly and the beauty, the sweet and the bitter, you see where I’m going here, I am old enough to remember the beginning. it was and is IMPORTANT to me to keep it around, Remember this it came about for more than one reason, here’s one – We were not mentioned in the History Books, We didn’t see it until we wrote it in our own History Books, Are you with me?

  5. Quote from Malcolm X, “Only A Fool Will Let His Children Be Educated By His Enemy”

    I agree with what Malcolm X said. Here is my question, why do so many black high school teenagers choose to attend Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton? How come all black high school students aren’t going to historically black colleges like Howard, Hampton, Morehouse and Spelman?

  6. It’s quite obvious that if we don’t make special effort to teach OUR history, it will not be taught. American history, as it were, is taught all the time, but Black American History is excluded. Why is it such a threat for us know our history. They are even trying to take slavery out of the history books. As it is said, if we don’t know where we came from, his can we know where we’re going? Maybe if our young people know more of our history, it may instill more pride of their culture in them. We have a rich history, on of which anyone would be and should be proud of.

  7. A People Who Doesn’t Know It’s Own Culture Will Never Know Self Esteem
    He Who Controls The Information Controls The Power
    Malcolm X stated”The Greatest Discipline We Can Learn as A People Is History”
    Do you really think these people want you to know that you derive from the linage of The Fathers and Mothers of Civilization? If they wanted you to know,they would of told you after 300 years among other facts.Look at the movie that just came out about the brilliant sisters at NASA.Why you ever told about that!We see what others educating us have gotten us It was a crime for you to read at one time and we should never forget this.
    Malcolm X also stated”Only A Fool Will Let His Children Be Educated By His Enemy”
    We Must educate our children! We are a Great People is just everyone knows it but us.That all racism is,the fear of what we will be once we educate ourselves

  8. Since we are talking about black history, this is my list of five books every black child and teenager should should read:

    1. Autobiography of Malcolm X; Alex Haley

    2. Black Labor White Wealth; Dr. Claude Anderson

    3. The Isis Papers; Dr. Francis Cress Welsing

    4. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome; Dr. Joy Degruy

    5. The new Jim Crow; Dr. Michelle Alexander

  9. White people do not want us to know our history. White people prefer that we believe and consume their alternative facts. Alternative facts is a synonym for lies. White supremacy uses lies as a tool to keep us ignorant and enslaved. Education and knowledge of black history will set us free. The truth is always more powerful than the lie. The truth is that we are the OG’s (Original Geniuses) who built this country. The white man are the devils who stole this country. Happy black history month.

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