Shame on Scholastic for Whitewashing America’s History

  1. The article should mention that African Americans were often prevented from voting in much of the country. They were kept out of living in certain neighborhoods. They were denied access to high paying jobs. They were denied fair trials in court.
  2. The inequality of the schools should have been made more clear. What does “worse buildings” mean? The article could have shared images of white and black schoolhouses to drive home the point. Students spend a lot of time in classrooms so they can relate to this.
  3. The article should have made it clear that society was being run almost entirely by whites, who wrote the laws to oppress blacks.
  4. The article should mention that his fight for justice included efforts to address and eradicate poverty and stop the U.S. from taking part in aggressive wars overseas.
  5. Historical context needs to be added. Students should be made aware that African Americans were once enslaved in America and that the segregation/discrimination Dr. King fought against was linked to their former enslavement.
  6. It is also worth mentioning that these problems, to varying degrees, still exist.

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