Uh. If you were going to be angry at my reply, your anger seems a bit late to the party. Considering you weren’t angry about my original response to you, but you WERE angry with this response of mine to someone else?
I didn’t “make” you the false moderate. I pointed out, in the ORIGINAL RESPONSE, that because our educational policy has become so fraught with political implications and bandied about like a political gambit, this has created a FALSE sense of what is the “middle ground”.
Lastly, did you notice how flagrantly I have been ignoring your rhetoric about **”They” want to make Thanksgiving a National Day of Fasting and/or Atonement????** I already pointed out to you that your lines are indistinguishable from that of the extreme right-wing fringe group the Tea Party, and yet you didn’t seem in much of a tither over that.
Who ARE these “They” who are trying to take away your national holidays? If you want to believe that brown children who learn about their own history are going to bum-rush your Thanksgiving dinner, pull your Turkey off the table and slap your grandma with it, that is your business. This is the same kind of fearmongering, dog-whistle fake threats to Real Murricans meant to cause a knee-jerk emotional reaction in people who are ignorant that Fox News loves to serve as dessert with their “Obama is a Secret Muslim!” entree.
It’s re-framing a banned class as if it’s somehow powerful enough to “persecute” the entirety of America’s white population by making them feel bad about genocide once a year.
I’m not the biggest fan of The Daily Show, but they did sum that kind of logic up pretty nicely as “The official slogan of oppression”:
You’re not being persecuted by having it pointed out to you that your “opinion” isn’t moderate.
You’re not being persecuted when I point out that in the U.S., people seem to think that “moderate” lies somewhere between “right wing” and “extreme right wing”.
And finally, all I did in this reblog was point out to that person WHY and HOW not actively fighting racist systems uphold them, in response to a different question than the one YOU asked.
If you want to play “I’m an innocent babe in the woods how can u speak so sharply to me” let me point out that you’ve already said you’re a History major, and you don’t know a lot of things, so why do you think you are entitled to feel comfortable when you’re asking questions about genocide?
Do you think **I** feel comfortable talking about how white colonizers hung my ancestors and got drunk to celebrate it?
It really took you a long time to get upset about this, and I wonder why FEELING SLIGHTLY MISUNDERSTOOD AND NOT BEING CODDLED AS A HISTORY NEWB MAKES YOU ANGRIER THAN KNOWING MILLIONS OF KIDS IN TEXAS, ARIZONA, AND ACROSS THE U.S. BEING LEGALLY BARRED FROM LEARNING THEIR INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES, THEIR PEOPLE’S HISTORY, AND SCREWED OUT OF A CHANCE FOR SUCCESS?
Maybe you should take some of your own advice:
Since I started this blog, I have very rarely felt comfortable. I think a lot about how my words and statements affects others, and how they can be used against people who are considerably MORE disenfranchised than I am. And even with that, I still make HUGE mistakes, I have issued countless corrections, have definitely kept talking when I SHOULD have shut my mouth immediately, and have generally messed up very publicly and to much criticism.
And the worst part is that too much of the time, when I mess up, other people suffer for it far more than I EVER will.
If your desire to improve yourself is sincere, maybe think less about five minutes of personal embarrassment and more about how your words and deeds function in society, and who is affected the most by what you say and do. If you want to learn and teach History, thinking about how we function in the context of learning history, and what kind of assumptions, biases, and personal beliefs and experiences YOU are bringing to the table.