I love love love how you know the difference between ethnicity and nationality. It’s something that most people don’t understand and have it very confused which is understandable but it’s amazing that you know.I agree that being a female of color comes with struggles. I agree identity as xicana a term that is growing in population but its still…[Read more]
I can really see that family is a very big part of your identity. That’s really nice to see how you feel so connected. In your shadow box I can see a little house not 100% sure if its a house but does it have a valuable significance to why it was added? You say people can see your Guatemalan do you think it’s because you are a proud of it and show…[Read more]
Love Love Love what you said.You spoke with power and you spoke bny heart. I totally agree with what you said because I feel the same. I know that it’s freedom of speech but it shouldn’t because it hurts us.
I agree that the BLM movement is not perfect. But it’s a very important movement. It has help spread awareness that in this time and age racism still exist.I agree that maybe some actions haven’t been the best but we can base all a whole movement on the actions of a couple people. The BLM movement is more than just protesting it’s about empowering…[Read more]
Throughout the years Oakland schools have been teaching European history to students of color. Did you know that in our school textbook the word gay only is written 2 times and only talks about the gay rights
This was a very eye opening article that not only made me realize the bias in our history classes but also how little I know about ethnic studies. I remember going into my sophomore year of high school excited to take “World History”. I was looking forwards to learning about ancient Egypt and the Chinese dynasties, but soon realized that I would be strictly learning about Caucasian European history. It is awful that we dont get to learn about any other countries, especially those with a rich history. I am looking forwards however to the amount of courses available in College, but hopefully we can move towards diverse history in high school!
P.S., I would check out this article, I think you would find it interesting! https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/the-value-of-ethnic-studiesfor-all-students
I think this is a great topic. I often see posts saying “Why didn’t we learn this in school?” or “History books never taught us this” in reference to a minority in history. Many people don’t even realize they are missing out on so much of our world’s and country’s history because what we learn in school does not cover it all. It seems as though the history textbook writers could have an implicit bias when you said we are taught racism and sexism without realizing it through how the books portray minorities and don’t focus on them enough, making them seem inferior, even if they do speak about them favorably. I thought a powerful statement was “If we don’t teach the truth, we will continue to create children who are racist and discriminatory. It (ethnic studies) will also empower students.” Teaching ethnic studies would be incredibly beneficial for everyone as it shows us a new side of our country. Expanding our knowledge about history of minorities allows everyone to become more aware and accepting. My favorite quote from your passage was, “They believe teaching people is seeing people’s different perspectives.” When we are taught history, it should be all history so we can get the full picture and be able to develop our own perspective. It never hurts to learn other points of view. I think you should check out this article about biases in history textbooks. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/6003/600310.html
I’m interested to hear more from you about this subject!
Your passage was one of the most powerful I’ve read. The comment that struck me the most was yours saying, “They only mention some things like how the jews that ran away from the holocaust but don’t mention the discrimination faced when they migrated to the US.” Every one of your statements was poignant and related to a diverse group of people existing right now in America. I can relate to this passage and the stories you tell, but in a much different way than you. I am not a woman of color, and I am not a follower of a minority religion. However, I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and for a long while I wondered if what I felt as love was wrong. I find your statement interesting that it’s required for all schools to have ethnic studies, because, personally, I still feel like my school still lacks in that area. However, it is stated in https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-06/california-will-soon-provide-ethnic-studies-classes-all-high-schoolers-heres-why that California schools will begin to offer more of these courses because, “ethnic studies is not simply a history course detailing the achievements of members of different racial groups; the curriculum is conscious of and sometimes analytical about how race and ethnicity are intertwined with power.” Fingers crossed this happens!
I think what you writing about is great. You recognized something wrong in our schools and voiced your opinions on it backed with documentation and reasoning. I agree that every different race or ethnicicty not just certain ones that our picked by someone else. Everybody has a right to learn about themselves. I find your statement “They only mention some things like how the jews that ran away from the holocaust but don’t mention the discrimination faced when they migrated to the US.” super interesting because history has been re worded to make some groups look better than others so I liked that you included this.
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