The past few weeks have been especially bad for white people.
When I was in high school, white students in my town of Norwood, Georgia, were routinely targeted by students from the Ku Klux Klan, and many of them were killed.
I was one of the few white kids who stood up to the KKK and confronted them.
And this week, I witnessed another horrific attack on my town, when a group of white people in my neighborhood burned down my house.
When we celebrate Black History Month, white people are often accused of being racist, but it’s really about the history of Black oppression, not our own.
For decades, the history that we teach our kids has largely been shaped by people of color.
But over the past few years, we’ve been taught to fear black people more than white people, and this narrative has been reinforced in the classroom.
As a black girl, I used to tell my class that it was my job to teach them about black history, and they’d never hear me say that again.
But today, it’s almost impossible to find black people in the history class.
We’ve even started to teach our own history to students.
That’s why I’m not afraid of white students.
When a white student told me that he wanted to study the history books and wanted to be a black police officer, I was floored.
But after he told me about his history of racism, I knew that he’d never be a good cop.
In fact, my students were often taught that they were too white.
The last time I taught a Black History class, I got an email from a student who was embarrassed by her teacher’s “racist” comment.
I wrote back: “We can’t teach our students that we’re racist because that’s not how it works in the real world.”
The only way to combat this white supremacist narrative is to change the curriculum.
If white people were taught to understand Black history, we wouldn’t have to spend time trying to change their ideas of what it means to be Black.
We’d all be able to relate to the history we’ve inherited.
The curriculum needs to be updated to reflect the fact that the Black experience has been shaped for hundreds of years by people who didn’t share the same skin color as us.
This is not a new idea.
It has been around for generations.
In the United States, we’re taught that the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was founded by a group called the “First Congress of the United Daughters of the Confederacy,” and it’s still active today.
For centuries, Black people were enslaved, and so the U.S. Congress established the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to help end that.
As the Civil War began, the UCCF funded many of the first Black farmers who came to the United State.
The organization was founded in the wake of the Black Codes of the 1920s, and was named for the first woman to ever run for president.
The history of the UCCCF is filled with important milestones and achievements for Black people, such as the first women elected to the UCD, the first black person to be nominated for president, and the first president to be elected on the first African-American ticket.
This history is also the foundation of our Black Lives Matter movement.
We demand the UUCF be named the First Congress of Black America.
The Black Lives Act of 1968 changed our lives.
Today, Black Americans account for more than half of the population.
The UUCFF continues to play a vital role in the Black community, and our history must be taught to our children, who are often left to struggle in silence without an education that reflects their Blackness.
It’s not enough to teach students about Black history if the curriculum doesn’t reflect the real Black experience.
This year, the NAACP, the Black American Education Association (BAA), and the United Teachers of Chicago announced that they will be boycotting all UUCFs curriculum until the curriculum is changed to reflect Black experiences.
The NAACP has been working to change curriculum standards for decades.
The BAA has been leading a campaign to educate students about their history and current state of race relations.
And United Teachers is a union that’s been organizing Black teachers in Chicago and across the country for decades, working with students and families to create curricula that reflect Black history and real Black life.
In my district, we have many Black parents who are educators and teachers.
Our district has a history of teaching Black students, and I know many of my students from those days.
And we know that we have to be respectful of Black history as a Black teacher.
But we also know that this is not just about teaching our kids our history.
This curriculum needs a complete rethinking.
We know that the history lesson is critical to building the critical thinking skills of students.
And in my district at least, Black history is often not taught in the first grade, which means that students are not given