Tonight, an updated version of the 1977 Hit TV Miniseries “Roots” will air, and it is being billed as: “The history that is not taught in school. And, why aren’t schoolchildren taught about slavery in America? When I think of the major transformational events in our Nation’s History, slavery is certainly the most important and far-reaching of them, and the aftermath continues until this day—165 years later.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolishing slavery in America, in 1863; but, the Civil War lasted for two more years. The on-going impact of Slavery, however, continues until this day. Ironically, it is the Republicans, the so-called “Party of Lincoln” who continues to keep the descendants of those African slaves down.
Ever since those first African slaves were abducted and sold into slavery, America has welcomed millions of immigrants, from all over the world; but, African-Americans who were born in this country are still relegated to: ghetto-like neighborhoods; under-funded schools; minimum wage jobs; voter obstruction; continued racism; and excessive police profiling. In essence, today’s African-American simply do not feel welcome in their own country. No wondered they are frustrated today—and many seem to have no way out!
Introducing Slavery as a subject in our schools; however, doesn’t have to be an immediate K-12 immersion. The topic could be introduced briefly in the early grades as having been a major factor behind the Civil War. And over time, as the grades roll by, Slavery would need to gradually be covered, both in greater depth and in more detail.
The need to study our nation’s past—both the good and the bad—is best explained by the following well-known quote from the philosopher George Santana: “Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat it.” S o, let’s not continue to cover-over the long-lasting effects of Slavery!