Malcolm X's daughter has come forward with a vital suggestion which involves revamping the education system to include more about African American and Black history so that children are more educated on the issues that continue to plague the country.
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Learning from the past is crucial.
How are we supposed to learn about the past if it is willfully kept from us especially in places of education?
We learn a lot about the victories of our respective countries, but the negative aspects are hidden or downplayed...
However, as more and more people become aware of the foundations on which our society has been built, they are speaking out against the lack of education when it comes to Black and POC history.
Half a century after Martin Luther King was shot fighting for racial equality, and we're still in a similar position.
So it just proves that we have not learned the importance of not repeating history. A lot of ignorance comes from our lack of understanding and this is where we seem to be going wrong.
Some people still don't even know the history behind the Black Lives Matter movement.
And this is history currently in the making!
For those of you that don't know, here's a very quick history lesson...
via: Getty ImagesSimply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.
An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.
via: Getty ImagesAnd when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.
That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.
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This was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that Black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."
But why? What made him suspicious?
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If it was the hoodie, why don't other people in hoodies get stopped as often as Black boys and men? At the time, you would think it was just one isolated incident, but over the next 8 years, up until this day, the same situation continued to take place but just with a different Black person each time.
Say their names.
Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery, Breana Taylor, Elijah McClain, Stephon Clark, and more recently, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks.
Look them up if you've never heard of them because the cases are extremely harrowing.
According to The Washington Post, Black people are being killed twice as much as white people.
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And this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population.
There's always room for improvement.
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With the oppression of Black people being systematic, which means it's rooted within the foundations of our society, it's hard to undo hundreds of years worth of damage.
And it starts with education.
We've been conditioned to think that racism died a long time ago but it has not. And you can't blame Black people and other POC (people of color) for being angry. Their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are being murdered for the color of their skin. The question you should be asking yourselves is why are you not angry?
And it's because you're not educated properly on the history of how this country came to be the powerhouse that it is today.
We learn a lot about 1 or 2 key Black figures in history class during Black History Month and that seems to be the end of that. Can you even name 5 prominent Black figures? Probably not, because we're never taught about them.
There's no particular emphasis on Black history and how it has impacted this country as a whole.
And that's exactly why Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz has spoken out about the importance of teaching Black history as part of American history in schools.
While appearing on Good Morning America, Shabazz highlighted how our education system willfully leaves out certain important aspects.
And that this needs to be addressed and altered.
At the start of the interview, she discussed how her father's name has recently become a subject of interest again since the events of 2020 unfolded.
But particularly during Black History Month. She noted how his name had been estimated to be quoted more than 50,000 times per hour on social media these days.
Of course, she was glad that people were doing the research into Black history, as they should...
But the next goal is to get this implemented into the education system, so children can have more access to the facts. And a lot of people agreed with her.
These were Shabazz's words:
"American history is also Black history," Ilyasah said. "If the massacres in Tulsa, OK, and Rosewood, FL, were taught in high school US history classes to be as American as the Boston Tea Party, for example, more citizens would understand the need for reparations."
"If in world history classes, the impressive kingdoms of Ghana, of Benin, West Africa, got even half the attention that ancient Greece and Rome do, Americans might appreciate the complexity of Black civilizations as the cradle of the most thriving civilizations that ever existed in mankind, right in Africa."
"I feel like I should say 'amen' after that," was the reaction of host, T. J. Holmes.
Shabazz then went onto discuss how her father's legacy and his upbringing was the main subject of her latest novel, The Awakening of Malcolm X.
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