By Lina Bryce
A recent video released by HuffPost entitled, Here’s Why We Don’t Need A ‘White History Month’, delivers the argument that it is “crucial” that more time should be spent on the contributions of minorities in history. While a woman in the video asserts that they already know every white founder in American history, it is probably more likely that many people do not know American history.
One student political organization, Texas Tech’s PoliTech attempted to illustrate this with their video. Looking to reveal just how “politically challenged” these students were on American politics, they ultimately unveiled a sad and terrifying reality. The students were completely ignorant of it, not even knowing who won the American Civil War.
Even if students are well versed in American history, it has been proven pedagogically that integrating all contributions of individuals into one context makes it far more meaningful to the learner. A more equal and just inclusion of minorities would be to move away from things like “Black History Month”, which produces results that are the opposite of what is intended and make a more inclusive curriculum overall.
Clearly, there is still some work to be done. But, then again, one might not have much use for history majoring in “Human Sciences”.