Far from verity
After taking time reading this eye opening novel “Lies My Teacher Told Me” written by Dr. James W. Loewen, the book has open my mind to American History and the reality of everyday life, for example on the topics of Helen Keller, the unbelievable truth of Woodrow Wilson, the exploration of Christopher Columbus, and the inverse truth of heroes and sheroes. To begin with, in textbooks I have read, Woodrow Wilson was seemed as one of the most important man and promising to the blacks when it came to segregation times; however that was not the case after reading. In the novel, Woodrow actually promised blacks numerous things, quite the opposite he popularized segregation between the Southern Whites and Blacks. Just to name a few of his broken promises, the former president assigned positions in the government to the Southern whites rather than assigning them to the Blacks whom were already assigned the positions, shut down African-American newspapers, segregated the navy ,and even threw out black visitors from the white house. History textbooks barely mention this “black mark” on Wilson Woodrow’s presidential term. Not too surprising, but quite eye opening that Christopher Columbus’ odyssey was the result of push for wealth, yet American textbooks doesn’t put it that way. Domination was a signature for Columbus’ journey when Loewen said “If textbooks included these facts, they might induce students to thing intelligently about why the West dominated the world today.” Authors indeed twisted Christopher Columbus’ exploration to the matters it wasn’t! Students similar as I are blinded by myths of the first thanksgiving that the actual date of the first U.S. settlement presented almost as if it is unimportant. The exemption of religion, the exemption of truth from John Brown is not right, the blurred truth of the middle class country, the cover up of the government, and many other topics. “Lies My Teachers Told Me” and the information I have learned from U.S. history textbooks makes it seem like the authors of the textbooks are trying to keep the truth silent. “Textbooks might (but don’t) call Wilson’s Latin American actions a ‘Bad Neighbor Policy’ ” is an agreeable quote which comes from chapter 1. This quote was chosen, because it describes the undercover truth of Wilson’s presidency. “Bad Neighbor Policy”, the term used to describe the actions of Woodrow Wilson summarizes how as a president it seems as if he went against the need for peace which relates to Latin Americans. The textbooks have made it seem like the man who induced invasions in Latin American countries wasn’t the one to blame ,instead they made it seem like it was the people of the lands’ fault , only to take this “hero” off the hook. All this was bad neighborhood policy and this quote brings it all together how the textbooks don’t recognize that. It is quite ridicule how even a country may seem like they are under peer pressure when they want to be seemed as perfect, and may cause them to misrepresent themselves. In chapter 2, Loewen states, “If crude factors such as military power of religiously sanctioned greed are perceived as reflecting badly on us, who exactly is “us?”” It seems as if U.S. textbooks are trying to hide who we are and it really makes you question who the textbooks are written for if we can’t abide in our own truth. Who exactly is “us?”No one is perfect, so why would a nation be perfect, so textbooks cover up their imperfections, but I would like to think imperfections makes the country what they are. If textbooks are written for their coutry, they shouldn’t hide what makes them the country they are, and then they wouldn’t be writing for “us.” Also in chapter 2, “Deep down, our culture encourages us to imagine that we are richer and more powerful because we're smarter”, I must say is a potent quote. I almost disagree with James if I comprehend the quote thoroughly, because it is a big assumption or generalization that we’re...
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