There’s been a lot in the news about the issue of Critical Race Theory, but core to the issue is examining history through a different lens. The old adage, ‘history is written by the victors,’ is no longer true. Or it shouldn’t be holds this methodology.
Thousands of years of human history have been destroyed, lost, or altered. We have few written records about the lives of women. Druids, Celts, Native Americans, Africans, and indigenious peoples around the world have had their history, cultures, and languages erased.
But it isn’t just our ancient past. How we see current and recent history are called into question as well. For instance, why was George Floyd’s past such an issue? What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’? Or…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.Declaration of Independence
I won’t repeat my thoughts on Jefferson’s hypocrisy. But why do we still habor those same flaws today? Why do we believe that only certain people those ‘unalienable right’?
One of the clearest examples of white supremacy’s historical bias is the Black Panther Party. Did you know that the free breakfast/lunch programs and Head Start both grew out of that movement? Or that the women of it were the first to address the issue of intersectional feminism?
Most people are only made aware of violence and conflict within it and other civil rights organization. Why? On June 15, 1969, J. Edgar Hoover declared, “the Black Panther Party, without question, represents the greatest threat to internal security of the country.” Just months later, Hoover’s FBI were implicated (decades later confirmed) in the murder of Fred Hampton, one of the movement’s youngest and brightest leaders.
The point of Critical Race Theory is to examine with the same standards the lives of white men like Jefferson as you would Huey Newton. And to question why one has a statute and another was painted as a criminal.
I could go on and on about my research into the movement that inspired the character of Margot Bradshaw, but instead I’d encourage you to do the research for yourself. You might be as shocked as I was at how much their 10 Point Program made sense…and still does.
But of course, no one is completely good or totally evil. We’re all shades of gray…or brown….
The woman shook her head, and giant hoop earrings tinkled, “Not another one.” Though Mercy did not know what the woman referred to, her frown said it was not good. “Ms. M-S. It’s the twenty-first century a woman is not defined by her marital status.”
He nodded his head, “My apologies. Of course not, Ms. Bradshaw. We just wanted to talk to you about your grandson.”
“You, a pig?”