The more distance I get from my supposedly world-class education, which made no mention of events like the Tulsa Race Massacre, the more I realize how little I know.
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@pamelacolloff@abscribe My education was far from world-class, but I certainly agree those systems failed us. E.g., I got through HS in Texas (Robt E Lee-Tyler, Class of '85) having never heard MLK's name nor learning anything about the civil rights movement.
@MauriceChammah@StrangersGuide 1st introduction for me was when they changed the name of 19th St. west of I-35; had been MLK east and some of the businesses opposed extending the name west. The controversy was utterly alien to me, I'd never heard of the guy. Long journey since.
@pamelacolloff@abscribe It’s amazing how little I heard about this until recently. Those who write our school textbooks have a lot of control over our understanding of history, and I hope we can stop the continued trend of keeping those textbooks limited to “pleasant” American history
@pamelacolloff@abscribe A lot of people working lower income essential jobs without Ivy League privileges knew about it and and other horrible events because they heard it passed down by word of mouth.