It was with a Facebook post that I first even heard of the Stonewall Riots. That was never taught in class. Nor was I ever taught about the gun restrictions on people of color. That was something I learned through an MTV article.
These pieces of history I had no idea I didn’t even know. They were never even mentioned in passing. I don’t like that. I don’t like that the school systems have edited out pieces of our history, or if we are going to learn them we have to take a specific course that will take years to become a reality. You want to learn about the Stonewall Riots? You have to sign up for “LGBTQ history” and that’s only offered once every two years so you better pray that it fits into your schedule. And giving something its own course is great and all because it offers more time to learn about that, but then why isn’t it mentioned in the general U.S. history course? Shouldn’t that be a course that gives you an overview and prompts you to take the specific courses to learn more?
This is not okay. I understand that there is only so much time to learn in class and there is so much history. History that grows every second. But something needs to change. I want to be educated not just on the whitewash version of history but ALL OF IT. I want to learn from different perspectives. I want to learn the big events and the small ones that are too easily forgotten.
It’s time to change how we look at history.
It’s time to change how we teach history.
It’s time to change how we learn history.
What else haven’t I learned?…