My White Education

Being a recent college graduate you start to realize certain things about the world and how it works. You realize that the only thing guaranteed after you graduate is student loan debt and a piece of paper with your degree on it. But despite my seemingly pessimistic view of the matter I do overall miss college and since being in college I have developed a skill that is critical for every individual today and that is the skill of critical thinking. Now I know you all are wondering about the title of this post and how does it relate to all my years of schooling? Well, I want you all to examine how the average American young person learns in America and how certain racist ideology exists today.

In college, I had a couple of friends who took a mythology class, nothing wrong with that right? However,  one would think that because of the name that it would be a survey class of international mythology, but no, it was exclusively Greek and Roman. Now, I have no problem with learning about the Greeks and Romans they were bad-assess don’t get me wrong they have done a lot for society. What bothered me was that a class called “mythology” only included Greco-Roman mythology, if it was titled “Greek” or “Classical” nothing would be off-putting by that. but the fact that this class was called simply “mythology” was a bit shade thrown at people of color’s contribution to the world. My question that I would pose to my readers would be are People of color being forced to see the world through white eyes? and is whiteness promoted through the education system? If so, how does this affect race relations today?

As I brooded over this these questions I started asking myself questions such as, ” Can I name one black philosopher?” ” Can I name an African King?” How much do I know about ancient African civilization? and I started to realize that I couldn’t name many, I couldn’t name one philosopher, I could only think of one African civilization, the Egyptians, and many researchers vehemently deny that they were “African” even though they were in the Sahara desert in the full sun or nearly thousands of years and lived on the continent of AFRICA! smh. but in the end I really didn’t know much and what I did know had to come from personal research OUTSIDE of the classroom.The reason why African history is excluded from the class is because the American education system has not changed since like, SLAVERY?! Whiteness is the standard of all white education outlets. This has a tremendous effect on people of color even to the extreme of hating and praising whiteness has a rule of acceptance and a sign of being somebody and greatness. And because of this it leads to two outcomes, white people are being taught to be racist because this sort of education system praises them and teaches that they are the only ones capable and smart enough to do anything,  and the second outcome, is People of color ultimately turn on themselves in order to achieve “whiteness”.

So, I said all of that to say that people of color especially young black people deserve for their culture and history to be recognized and valued. Not only because it’s their right but because when the whole world knows and respects black achievement it can no longer base it off of people of color being inadequate and “needing” white people to be great because the world will see they would be great on their own. Please leave any questions or comments below

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Melanoid Millennial

2 thoughts on “My White Education

  1. i’ve written something similar – about how my local library failed to stock even the most prolific black authors such as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde… And I too find myself struggling to recall names from diasporan history, let alone continental history! This comes after SIXTEEN years in the US educational system, both public and private. I think the issue is much larger than that because at home, at church, and in any other social setting, I still was not exposed to Black/African history. I could sit down and memorize a textbook with the facts and narratives of the great figures wose shoulders I stand on, but a much better technique would be one of immersion. That can take place at school, but also at home. I’m kinda looking at my family like, “Soo, we just ain’t gon’ care or what?” To be fair, they’re trying, they’re learning. Decolonization – of our minds, of our attitudes, and our cultural practices – is gonna take some very intentional work, ya’ll. But it should be so so fun to finally pop some melanin in our lives!

    To aid this process in my own small way, I’ve started a blog called “Marooners’ Lagoon – for rebels, runaways, and anyone who needs a resting place.” It’s a comfy place where I try to represent identities that are often misrepresented in media (particularly young queer black). Check it out if you please!

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