History is created. Then it is taught. History then becomes a subject we learn. While the true events of historical moments cannot be changed, looking at them through as many lens as possible will help with today’s understanding and tomorrow’s future.
According to Social Psychologist Cyndi Kernahan, “We need to teach people that racism comes from behaviors, institutions and cultures rather than it being an immutable character trait.” An example of this involving institutions is that while the 13th Amendment “abolished slavery” it’s text according to Professor Andrea Armstrong allowed for, “involuntary servitude where convicted of a crime.”
We all know that for years if there was not a jury of “our peers” as so blatantly noted in Harper Lee’s book now film and play, To Kill A Mockingbird, then the outcome of the “perspectives” of truth and justice can look very far from the reality of the circumstances.
Challenge yourself to learn and ask questions as if you were back in Kindergarten again. I know shutdowns have put a damper on education without having the internet but, have a talk over a glass of lemonade with family or socially distance it in the hall to the neighbors next door. Once the world is more open seek out the librarians. Be kind to others and if someone is not being kind to you find help. Seek shelter.
Joel Barker reminds us all through the retelling of Loren Eiseley’s Star Thrower story that, “We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference.”
Learn and Teach so you can Know and Grow.
Wishing you a peaceful Juneteenth.
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