Gary Younge: Whitewashing Black History Month

Arizona’s suppression of Mexican American studies fits a pattern of making history serve an exclusionary nationalist mythology

By Gary Younge
In the Guardian – Wednesday 1 February 2012

Reflecting on the start of Black History Month in the U.S. and the impact of what has occurred in Arizona, Younge effectively lays out the argument for why teaching history is not an objective exercise, but instead an act rife with social and political implications. As he notes:

“History, in both its recording and retelling, is not an objective account of bygone events. Everyone comes to the past from a perspective shaped by a range of influences and experiences. Refusing to recognise those influences is not the same as not having them. It simply disables people from interrogating why and how they know what they know and believe what they believe.”

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