I ran a Shame Day post a while back about “Black History” (or the whitewashed version that gets fed to us), and in it, I referenced this clip with Morgan Freeman:
I promised to shortly address Mr. Freeman’s comments-
-and promptly forgot about it for two years.
Well overdue, here’s why we desperately need Black History, and why we simply don’t.
Bear with me here.
Because We Don’t Have Real History
Again, we’re fed an overwhelmingly whitewashed and simplistic version of history. Lincoln benevolently freed the slaves and then, roughly 100 years later, MLK Jr. led a series of peaceful protests which ended segregation, and everybody lived happily ever after.
In reality, folks largely lost faith in peaceful protest as the 60s wore on, turning instead to self-defense, nationalism, revolution, and other techniques.