I've been raging about it all over my social media and so here we are.
After sitting through my Western World and Modern Times course for all of 8 or so weeks, I've finally come to terms with what was bothering so much about this one class.
Why was I so annoyed?
There was the fact that I took way too long to actually take this course and as a Junior, sitting in a 1000 level course is basically the equivalent of volunteering at a Daycare center.
But it wasn't the surplus of freshman surrounding me that bothered me about this history course. It was after reading about Frantz Fanon so much that my inner Black Panther was awakened and I realized, we have not uttered a WORD about Black people, slavery, segregation, negritude - nothing.
The text that was used for this course, like most texts used to teach Western history, did not even inlcude significant moments in history where Women were key factors. But, there was a chapter where all of the information was condensed and we discussed women over hundreds of years in one class period.
As I reflect on all the instances in history where Blacks were major components to the event, I begin to really question why, if at the very least the basics, were not included in a course titled 'WESTERN WORLD AND MODERN TIMES". The syllabus literally states in the course description that we are to understand human rights and the ways in which they've been pursued and defended. Yet, from the 16th century onward, we have never discussed anything concerning Blacks.
It is so interesting, and borderline disgusting, almost nauseating, how ignored Black history is.
Oh, how could I forget. It's not ignored. Black history is taught in a Special Topics African-American History class that is not really offered or required to take.
You can bet your last dollar that I made this point very clear in my course evaluation and I do want to investigate a little further because maybe I'm talking a whole bunch of shit about matters I really know nothing about.
Maybe I'm wrong and I just missed the class where we disussed Blacks in history all of one time.
Maybe I missed the chapter where Blacks in history was condensed the way women in history were.
Maybe, if I really wanted to know more, I should advocate for an African-American history course to be offered all of one time so I can sit in class with a few more 'woke' and 'conscious' Black students.
The majority of campus, which is White, will probably not enroll in a course entitled "African-American History" or "The African Diaspora" or " Blacks in History" or whatever they'll use to name the class.
"Why would they not enroll Kayra? You don't even know them. They're not racist."
You would be correct. I wouldn't call them racist. But, Black history has never particulary mattered until February as we were growing up. My school is not doing anything that Social Studies classes haven't been doing for years!
So if given the choice, why would a non person of color register for a course to learn history that has never particulary mattered? It's not necessary to know that key figures in history bought and sold slaves. We can talk about human rights and the human condition in the Western World without acknowledging Black folks, and that's fine.
How do you feel?
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