This narrative accurately depicts American society’s mainstream philosophy and the inherent democratic flaws of inequity vis a vis superiority. All historical accountings were built upon lies and partial truths, strategically configured to exclude the American black from significance. We began from a position of conquer all by any means necessary, yet when X proclaimed similar sentiments, it was starkly disapproved. This was seen as a threat to privilege and status, when the aim was simple respect and equality as decreed in our foundational docs.
The U.S. version of capitalism and democracy rests solely upon ‘necessary’ inequity of some-people of color. Privilege and status quo is terribly afraid of reprisals from the marginalized majority, and this prevents substantial policy change. We continue to teach children from a yesterday approach, and students should be prepared for tomorrow. Solutions? They rest within the classroom and our ‘standardized’, ‘common core’ curricula. until instruction and texts reflect our history, plural, and not ‘his-story’, respect demographics, and boldly illustrate complete truths, inclusively, we teach children that some lives should be a ‘my-story’-untold, unknown and unimportant We will continue to facilitate ‘nationalism, in public and private learning institutions. And we ask ourselves why?
Chimamanda Adichie confronts the dangers of a single story by describing her journey from childhood to celebrated Nigerian writer. Like Adichie, Haitian-American writer Roxane Gay deconstructs overly simplistic explanations for privilege by confronting her lived experiences as a black woman raised in an affluent home.
Interrogating race, social class, and gender, both Adichie and Gay speak to the inherent flaws with how these statuses historically and currently shape inequity and injustice in the U.S. Recently that has manifested itself in a renewed concern for nationalism, as demonstrated in the violence witnessed in Charlottesville, VA.
However, there is no single story about nationalism in the U.S.—especially if we consider the reasons behind nationalism movements in their historical contexts.
While political and media narratives try now to frame white nationalism and those who resist it as equal forces, let’s recall that Marcus Garvey’s back-to-Africa movement and black nationalism as espoused by the
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