Tea Party Groups in TN want textbooks to basically erase slave history in America

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?

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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