Feb 5, 2012 at 15:42:30
“I'm with you, randyjet...
but to be fair and objective--as long as we all are human we'll always continue to include in the history books those facts that will make our cultural groups look like we are the center of the universe (it's called ethnocentrism). My suggestion is to be truthful to ourselves and teach that same truth to our children, so one day, when they become adults like you and I, they wouldn't question why we lied about their History---the one we imposed on them.”
randyjet on Feb 5, 2012 at 17:13:54
“The history texts we use for US history do NOT simply tell about one race. That may have been true in the 1940s when my mother went to school decades ago, but not now. I will let you use any US history textbook and you will NOT find that people have been written out.”
Feb 4, 2012 at 09:32:52
“I think our "founder fathers" did worse, don't you think? The only forms of protest I will never agree with will be harming another human being, the burning of the flag and threats. With that said, please tell me how many American Indians we exterminated when they try to protest our taking what was theirs Isn't cutting classes, beating a Piñata, chaining ourselves to desks just silly protest actions compared to what we all did to our Native Americans? Just another silly question.”
Bills Catz on Apr 22, 2012 at 21:27:11
“The Native Americans haven't gotten a break yet -- just got ripped off and shoved out of the way.”
Feb 4, 2012 at 09:15:23
“After reading your point of view, I agree with you for the most part...
We are all in this together. We are all part of the American History (American Indians, black soldiers, Latino soldiers, etc.) and we all have a valid point to make when claiming our contributions to this country. But if we (meaning each cultural groups) stop fighting for what we feel is justice then one day we'll stop calling this land "America the Beautiful" or the "Greatest Democracy" in the world!!!!”
randyjet on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:19:42
“It is one thing to demand ones rightful place in our history, and quite another to denigrate and demonize another entire race as was being done in the MAS course. Think that we should in our history courses demand that the white race be exalted over all others? That we should have Mein Kampf as part of the curriculum? Or the Turner Diaries as part of English Lit?
In my long past school days in history in HS, we learned all about the acquisition of the Southwest and that it was part of Mexico. We also learned about the Spanish and French exploration of a good part of the US. I was taught about Cartier, De Soto, and others. In Texas history we learned about the Spanish explorers and how the Spanish settled much of the southwest. They were in no way shorted in the history.
We did not learn much Mexican history except as it pertained to US history, and I can bet that the MAS courses NEVER mentioned the contribution the US made to Mexican independence and freedom either. THAT is why the MAS course was cancelled since it was more propoganda than history or reational thinking.”
Feb 3, 2012 at 20:17:08
“Isn't American History the History of Immigration? if there is anyone out here who can answer "No!" to this silly question, just ask yourself this silly question, "Before I or any of my relatives came to exist, who were the true owners of this beautiful land now called the United States of America?"
You know what...
That's a silly question we might don't want to ask ourselves,
for that way we can keep our children from discovering the only truth about what we all call "American History!"”
Bills Catz on Apr 22, 2012 at 21:52:23
“Originally the country was ALL immigrants -- the only actual Americans were Sioux, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Utes, Blackfoot and Cree -- along with a half-dozen other tribes. Only a hundred years ago there were still battles with the so-called 'Indians.' Taking a country away from folks ain't anything fair or nice, doesn't matter what flag it happens under. Will there ever be a true American history book?”