Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle: How State Standards Fail to Teach the Truth About Reconstruction
The non-profit Zinn Education Project has released a new report that shows that the teaching of Reconstruction in schools is inadequate or non-existent in 90 percent of states. Reconstruction is one of the most significant times in the history of this country. It offered incredible possibilities for economic equity and progress for multiracial democracy, but that promise was crushed by white supremacists. Our guest, this week, is Jesse Hagopian, a high school teacher in Seattle and co-editor of the books Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice, and Teaching for Black Lives. He says “ignorance about Reconstruction upholds white supremacy.”
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