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Tue Feb 7, 2023, 09:36 PM

Today I read to a second grade class about a black boy who experienced being at a bus terminal

In the south that had a whites only and colored only water fountains. The black boy drank the water out of the colored fountain and it tasted terrible. The white boy next to him drank out of the whites only fountain. He started fantasying that the whites fountain water was better tasting. He tricked his grandmother and took the bus a few days later to try to drink from that white fountain. He finally drank from the white fountain and the water was also terrible tasting. At the end he noticed the pipes were connected and the water was the same. As I was reading this I thought The right wingers heads would explode hearing this story and ban the book. More than half the class were white students, 1 Black child, 1 Hispanic and the rest Asian. They really enjoyed the story and I didnít think any of them felt guilty. They were not upset but curious why they had two water fountains. We had a nice discussion. Then I read them a book about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. I took great delight that I educated my students about our countryís history and none of the white children were upset or ashamed but enlightened instead.

That is why the right wing hates discussing history like slavery and segregation. They are the ones feeling guilt not those of us who know that those who donít know history are doomed to repeat the past.

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Reply Today I read to a second grade class about a black boy who experienced being at a bus terminal (Original post)
kimbutgar Feb 2023 OP
Timeflyer Feb 2023 #1
Joinfortmill Feb 2023 #2
DemUnleashed Feb 2023 #3
soldierant Feb 2023 #4
Marcuse Feb 2023 #5
uponit7771 Feb 2023 #6
Maraya1969 Feb 2023 #7

Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Tue Feb 7, 2023, 10:21 PM

1. Teaching true history, kudos. (Be glad you're not in Florida.)

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Tue Feb 7, 2023, 10:56 PM

2. Awesome.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Tue Feb 7, 2023, 11:04 PM

3. I...

I don't think it's ever been about guilt. They can't say the quiet part out loud so they had to come up with some excuse as to why they want to ban these books. Someone probably said "I know, I know...we can say we want these books banned because white children will feel guilty and ashamed. Yes, let's go with that!"

The quiet part that they can't say out loud is that white children will get influenced by these books and will probably be kind to and feel sympathy towards the black children (we can't have that now, can we?) and they know that these white kids will probably grow up to be Democrats and probably grow up to vote for Democrats if they become "indoctrinated" with reading these books!

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Response to DemUnleashed (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2023, 12:01 AM

4. Would that their suspicions were correct

and probably some kids would be reached. But it's amazing how much ignorance even an eucated white person can retain, especially if their families remain ignorant.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2023, 12:08 AM

5. Accurate history is essential because:

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Wed Feb 8, 2023, 12:17 AM

6. K&R, MAGA sympathize with oppressors and that's what they're guilty about

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Wed Feb 8, 2023, 02:31 AM

7. I think they don't want everyone finding out how horrible their relatives were.

My family has not been in this country long enough for me to have descended from slave owners and I am glad about that. I'm also sure if you go back far enough to any family you will find horrors. But you have to decide you are going to be better people than the ones who came before you. Lying about what happened doesn't cure anything.

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