Blacks Are Readily Accepted in Sports and Music
Blacks Are Readily Accepted in Sports and Music
February 7, 2022
Women Continue to Make Society Better
Women Continue to Make Society Better
March 11, 2022
Show all

Learning All Aspects of American History

Learning All Aspects of American History Photo Credit: Wildpixel

Share this article on social networks

As we come to the close of another Black History Month, let us commit to learning all aspects of American history. Anything short of that will be a disservice to all. Omitting and ignoring such a large and long period of America’s history renders it inaccurate and incomplete.

When will there no longer be a need to set aside a month to focus on Black history?

In recent months, there has been an uproar in state legislatures and school boards across America about something called, “Critical Race Theory.” Efforts are being waged to ban or block any teachings about race that could potentially make white students uncomfortable.

Many parents are urging schools to ban certain books and remove them from libraries. Shouldn’t there be a commitment to learning all aspects of American history?

There is more to gain than to lose.

No one can undo what happened in the past—good, bad, or otherwise. So, why not examine the things that occurred, learn from them, grow, and commit to do better, fix, or at least improve things moving forward. That can only be done through learning all aspects of American history.

We can’t change the past, but we can work to make the future better.

Learning All Aspects of American History

Learning All Aspects of American History
Photo Credit: Wildpixel

So, now that Black History month is over, does that mean that learning about the black experience stops? That should not be the case. Black history can be interwoven in every subject that is taught in the educational system.

Blacks have been a part of and played a role in the arts, sciences, literature, politics, inventions, music, the military, government, and many other subjects and areas from A to Z—Arts to Zoology—since this country’s beginning. Short of learning all aspects of American history, a person’s educational journey is incomplete.

What a gross disservice to future generations of Americans.

There is no need to fear, no need to feel guilt or blame for what our ancestors did that was cruel, unjust, or inhumane. To deal with those things will only increase mutual understanding of each other. It will help explain many conditions and conflicts we confront today.

How can we understand what we need to do or where we need to go in the future if we do not know what has happened in the past?

Only learning all aspects of American history can enabled us to do that.

Learning All Aspects of American History

Share this article on social networks

Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, is an award-winning author. Her book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major book sellers. She has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website.

1 Comment

  1. Willie Anderson says:

    Black History Month is a feeble attempt to provide Black people with an inadequate vehicle to correct the intentional omission of Black History from American History. But when examined more closely, Black History Month is a Trojan horse. On the face of it Black History Month provides a spotlight on the accomplishments of some carefully selected Black people. That is not Black History. That is hagiography. All Black History Month does is present to America positive aspects of Black achievement without the proper context of why there are so few accomplished Blacks in any given field of endeavor or why it has taken so long for Blacks to be allowed to make any achievement at all. So Black History Month allows us to spend time parading out the usual suspects who are fairly well known household names while carefully avoiding any conversation about the persistent racism and intentional omission from the history books of these same Black heroes. Trojan horses are designed to appear to be something benign but whose real aim is to allow destruction to take place when you are not looking.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.