According to the Huffington Post, a Tea Party group in Tennessee demands that textbooks overlook the fact that U.S. founders were slave owners, in order to focus on the fact that they were revolutionaries who brought liberty to America.
“We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government,” said material that the Tea Party activists handed out.
But I ask, how is it the truth without the minority experience?
The group wants textbooks to exclude minority experience in the history because including it will “obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
And how exactly will it obscure history? Adding minority experience into history is essential and pertinent to telling the history. Their story made America what it was. Their experience- even though it was negative part of history in America- shaped our current world. Their story cannot be left out. It is not history without it!! Instead, it would be a slanted version of history that is one-sided and advancing a white agenda. Furthermore, it would be completely erasing their stories, their experience, their struggles, their identity and their contributions to history.
If textbooks were to exclude it then they will be doing a great dis-service to all those students who read them because they will be missing out on the true history. Erasing the story of the minorities in this country during the founding of America is equivalent to erasing American history. Textbooks already have a very slanted and white-centered history as it is. We must preserve the little bit of minority history that is in the textbooks.
(sarcastically) Instead, what if we suggest erasing white history from the textbooks because it is their views and their perspectives that have dominated our discourse since the beginning. Now where would we be without it? Wouldn’t that be interesting?