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First of all, when I’m engaging with another person on something they wrote, I find it most productive to stick to exactly what people say: direct quotes and nothing else. That way, I don’t fall into the trap of putting words into people’s mouths and I don’t wind up saying they said things they didn’t say. That’s me.

The message of this essay is to tell the whole story of American history in order to create an inclusive society. When Congress, the Fortune 500, the judiciary, and the prisons show a proportionate representation of the American population, then we will know we have reached full inclusion and equality. That means 50/50 male and female, and proportionate representation of all colors, all physical abilities and all sexual orientations. In the meantime, male white supremacists like to pretend that inequality is natural because they think they’re better than everyone else and they think they’re justified in violently suppressing them (Yawn).

Did Malcolm X say that violence may be necessary in the fight for equal rights? Sure thing. Did he actually engage in armed conflict with the government or attack anyone? Nope.

Did MLK cheat on his wife? You bet. Was that material to his work for civil rights and equal justice for black people? Nope.

Did Bill Clinton cheat on his wife? Yep. Was that material to the bills he signed and the policies he enforced as president? No.

Can we include all these things in history books? Absolutely. There’s no reason why not.

You could talk about a whole host of things down to what color underpants Gandhi wore on Tuesdays. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But if you’re interested in building a populace that’s capable of complex critical thought and capable of wrestling with the fact that historical people are just that: PEOPLE, then you’re going to need to start by being able to discern which pieces of information are relevant to the historical outcomes you’re discussing. Public school is not a place for “reverence,” that’s what churches and other religious institutions are for.

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