Every February, for all 28 days – 29 if we’re lucky – we get hit with mad Black history facts, quotes, and figures. Yet over the years there’s been a growing backlash for the watered down, limited version of Black history that tends to be presented in mainstream media and schools; which usually go something like: Slavery happened. Lincoln freed y’all. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Jackie Robinson was a great baseball player. (*cough* Malcolm X). Then Barack Obama became president, so it’s all good now.
In light of the argument that Black history should be taught year-round with comprehensive and accurate discussions on our history in this country and before we were enslaved without handpicking the heroes and narratives that sit well with mainstream America, the hashtag #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool has folks on Twitter schoolin’ and pointing out some of the issues with the way Black history has been presented.
“A BHM where kids don’t learn about the same 5 negros for the 8th consecutive year. I have a dream.” #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool
— Kim Faire (@JustKim28333)
The Black Panther party is the reason that public schools have free breakfast and lunch programs #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool — Mr. Centepede (@Andre_1k)
The King family sued the US gov’t for the assassination of Dr. King and WON. #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool — Nick Seymour (@nmseymour42)
During my entire grade school career, Black History was never taught or acknowledged. That must change. #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool — Freedom Fighter (@PoloT_TreyG)
No matter your stance is on the idea of Black History Month, it’s clear there’s been a lot edited or missing from the yearly discussion, and #BlackHistYouDidntLearnInSchool is a great way to highlight people and facts that should be common knowledge.