No. That would very un-PC and racist to boot.
No, whose history have most of us has been indoctrinated by since I was a kid? It is important to recognize that others contributed to America history outside of those who can be described as male WASP's
Once a child asked her teacher about White History Month. The teacher, who was black, replied, "That's EVERY month!"
I don't see why not. We can persecute today's caucasians by forcing them to shut up about their own history, or we can be do away with all racism and welcome every ethnic group to celebrate their history.
While we're at it, we should have a fund raiser for Oprah and Bill Gates.
Not every month but every day, hour, and minute. Until 4 decades ago, all that was taught in American schools was Caucasian history. History concerning non-Caucasian people weren't taught or if it was taught, was presented in a negative light. Caucasian culture was presented in schools as superior to that of non-Caucasian culture. Non-Caucasians were considered to be inferior, the other, and in general, marginalized outsiders who have to civilized and/or saved by Caucasians.
History as it is taught is pretty much that civilization started in Iraq and Egypt. Not really white as far as I can tell.
It's ridiculous that this is even an issue at all.
Sure, whites have been vicious, racist, arrogant, liars, thieves, and all the rest. However, so as every single other race or ethnicity on the face of the planet throughout history.
It is normal human behavior.
People need to stop putting blame on individual races, religions, ethnic groups, etc. The problem should be dealt with at it's source. Which is human psychology, or "Why are humans the way they are?" Fix that, and maybe we can then build a decent society some day.
It would be considered racist. There is a double standard.
Some make the argument that every month is "White History Month." It's an interesting view, but it doesn't really address the real issue. What would happen if somebody started the United White College Fund? There are millions of poor white students too, right? We know the answer here. It would be considered a racist organization, even if it benefited students who needed financial help. There is a double standard. Is there a White Entertainment Network? Nope, that would be racist too. There is a double standard. There are plenty of additional examples.
It does address the real issue. Which is that white history is covered by default. Minority history is covered only if you make it happen by having special events. That is the real issue.
Diversity is for white people as much as it is for minorities because it opens our eyes to world as it really is, not a white-washed version of it. It puts us on a planet with all the people and all the continents represented rather than one that starts with the War of the Roses and ends with the Moon landing and occurs in only two countries -- thus leaving out the vaste majority of human history.
The implication is that there is nothing minorities have done worthy of being in textbooks unless we have a special time just for them. Otherwise all their accomplishments are overridden and bypassed by Caucasian peoples.
I know you don't mean that, but that's what I read in the post.
That is not an implication I am making, it is reality. That is exactly why these initiative are in fact needed. If you went to a school that taught the history of Africa, Asia and Polynesia, you are in a minority yourself.
While I would agree that the accomplishments, in North American and Europe, of minorities are much fewer in number than those of Caucasians (fewer of them and less education) there ARE some deserving of being in a history book. So put them there and do away with the racist attitude that there aren't any.
When I went to school, in the 80's mostly, we mostly learned about Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the beginnings of civilization. We learned American history of course, but I recall very little of European history at all.
Most of European history we learned was mostly scientific advances, and I think we studied that in science classes, not history.
Ditto. Outside of American History, the only specific people studied were scientists and it was done in a science class. There were very few "foreign" philosophers we ever looked at (which should probably change, IMHO). The beginnings of civilization did not include individuals, just cultures/societies.
I have some white friends... most of them are nice enough folks.
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