Post # 1
This really burned my butt this morning:
“Other amendments to the state’s curriculum standards for kindergarten through 12th grade would minimize Thomas Jefferson’s role in world and U.S. history because he advocated the separation of church and state; require that students learn about “the unintended consequences” of affirmative action; assert that “the right to keep and bear arms” is an important element of a democratic society; and rename the slave trade to the “Atlantic triangular trade.”
Whitewashing history is exactly why we can’t move past certain things and continue to pass ignorance on to future generations. Let’s call a spade a spade….well in this instance…a slave a slave. “Atlantic triangular trade” my arse! Hmph….glad my children aren’t being taught in the Texas school system.
Post # 3
Atlantic triangular trade? That’s just stupid.
Post # 4
oh my goodness.
sometimes i wonder if im going to need to homeschool my children down here to give them a proper education.
Post # 5
@JamaicaBride – unfortunately, it still affects them since Texas is the #2 textbook buyer in the country. California, who is #1, is trying to combat this:
Post # 6
I often weep for education in this country.
Post # 7
I can’t believe these people can wake up and look at themselves in the mirror every day! how can one morally live with themselves? I spent all morning emailing my local government b/c of the new anti-choice legislation being passed here. I’m going to get all fired up again!
Post # 8
I think history is history and should be kept exactly the way it happened, was named, and has been learned– i think that if they keep trying to fluff things in history eventually there won’t be much truth in explaination of what actually happened and how we got to where we are.
I think it’s sad- I personally am not black or of any colored descent- but i definately believe that other people’s histories were greatly influenced by these events in history and changing them destroys their own histories which is just not acceptable
Post # 9
Shameful…just shameful. I can see that when I have children and they are school-age I’m going to have to read their texts from cover to cover just to see what they are actually going to be taught. Then I’ll have to counter these idiotic, ridiculous things such as this because these nutjobs are putting such crap into texts.
The slave trade was the process of buying slaves and transporting them here and then treating them as property and 3/5 of a person. This should be taught to all children because THAT is what happened…argh! How in the world can you call it the Atlantic Triangular Trade? Honestly, this just makes me sick…what a slap in the face to all slaves and the families of slaves…
Post # 10
@JamaicaBride- Why do you think Slave Trade is a better, more accurate name than Atlantic Triangular Trade? (I’m seriously just asking because I don’t know- I’m not a history buff.)
Post # 11
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That just chills me down to my bones. Life is starting to feel like a movie that takes place in a twisted, dystopian future.
Post # 12
@Jacqi – well, for me, it seems very Orwellian. The Atlantic Slave Trade has been called such for years because African people were the primary “thing” being traded. Within their own culture in Africa it’s often referred to as what translates to a Holocaust or genocide, it was so massive. Calling it the “Atlantic Triangular Trade” is a huge sign of disrespect for the suffering and loss those people went through, especially because it’s actively changing what we already call it and glossing over the “unpleasant” reality.
Of course, history has always been skewed. I remember Japanese internment camps being glossed over until high school and even then, we didn’t spend an entire day on them. It’s a shame, and I wish ALL textbooks would clean up and be more honest. But moving backwards is just making the situation worse.
Post # 13
i’m from Texas, and their scary conservative school board is one reason why I will NEVER move back. I don’t want to spend my future kids’ childhoods running behind them trying to undo the damage their schools do. I grew up in Texas, and never learned about evolution (I now study microbiology and the evolution of microbes), and every world history class emphasized Christianity as the “correct” religion and put down others. UGH.
Post # 14
And while some of the trade was done between those three places it leaves a HUGE portion out, the part about stealing people and bringing them into the slave trade.
Post # 16
I read the news every morning and when I read the article it immediately got my goat…LOL
@Jacqi…I think the Slave Trade is an accurate representation because slaves are what was being traded. Yes, other things were traded in order to obtain slaves, but that was secondary. To call it the “Atlantic Triangular Trade” to me, takes away or minimizes the fact that the primary purpose of this particular trading route was for the procurement of slave labor. For me personally, it FURTHER denigrates people of African descent b/c now it’s like they are saying…well we just got slaves along with some other GOODS as if the slaves weren’t people forcibly snatched away from their country and forced to be free labor and were treated worse than animals used for food.Those ships didn’t come back to the states loaded with goods. They came back loaded with PEOPLE…packed asses to elbows: men, women, and children lying in their own filth…thinking only God knows what. To try to minimize that horror by changing the name for the sake of “patriotism” really had me upset this morning. “Social conservatives on the 15-member Republican-dominated board are optimistic they will be able to push through curriculum changes that, according to board member and conservative Texas lawyer Cynthia Noland Dunbar, “promote patriotism.”“
Like I said in my OP….this burned my butt this morning…I called my Fiance this morning to tell him abt it so he could calm me down and HE got pissed…LOL. I can laugh about it now but sheesh. I am drafting a letter o fprotest but I have deleted it and started over multiple times b/c I don’t want to sound like a raving lunatic….LOL.
EDIT: I want to edit this to point out that the fact that they are Republican is irrelevant to me. This is an excerpt from the article. Wrong is wrong regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.