June 26, 2020
I saw this posted somewhere for Juneteenth, so I thought it would make a strong journal post with links! Thanks to the original creator; I learned something that makes me more anti-racist.
It’s no accident that:
You learned about Helen Keller instead of W. E. B. Du Bois.
You learned that George Washington’s dentures were made from wood, rather than the teeth from slaves.
You learned about black ghettos, but not about Black Wall Street.
You learned about the New Deal, but not “redlining.”
You learned about Tommie Smith’s fist in the air at the 1968 Olympics, but not that he was sent home the next day and stripped of his medals.
You learned about “black crime,” but white criminals were never lumped together and discussed in terms of their race.
Privilege is having history rewritten so that you don’t have to acknowledge uncomfortable facts.
Racism is perpetuated by people who refuse to learn or acknowledge this reality.
You have a choice.
- Still not convinced? How come I learned about the Declaration of Independence and not the Cornerstone Speech?