Teach The Children
We should teach the children the truth. Otherwise, we risk raising up a bunch of snowflakes with an elevated view of ourselves, one that minimizes our mistakes and makes them infinitely easier to repeat.
Teach them about the Indian Schools, the real cancel culture of our history, and the Trail of Tears.
Teach them about slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, fire hoses and red lining.
Teach them about the murders of black church goers in South Carolina and the beatings on the bridge in Selma, Alabama and the Rodney King beating.
Teach them about the murders of Ahmaud Arbury, George Floyd and Brianna Taylor.
History should not be taught exclusively to make us feel good but to make us confront reality with the hopes of understanding the past and how it haunts our present.
Without it, how can we exorcise the demons that diminish us?
Teach the children truth and let them decide what they think of this country and what they want to do about it and how they want the world they are living in to change and grow and what they want it to become.
If they don’t know the struggle, how can they judge our progress and recognize our heroes?
How can they assess the challenge and approach it with integrity and resolve?
How can they even begin to understand and appreciate the value of equality and justice, if they don’t know about the weight of inequality and injustice?
Teach the children the truth, and watch them run with it.