“Patriotic Education”: Trump Rejects America’s Racist Past

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At a moment when books about America’s racist history are selling out, and some in the country, including many in corporate boardrooms, are trying to grapple with the enduring legacy of systemic racism, President Trump and Republicans are laying out a gauzy story of America that requires no reckoning for the country’s history of slavery, racial terror and social, economic and political injustice.

Over the past several weeks, Trump has painted criticism of America’s past as unpatriotic, and attempted to create a space where White voters can feel OK with that. That includes “restoring patriotic education” in schools “where they’re trying to change everything that we’ve learned,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “The only path to unity is to rebuild

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If #BlackLivesMatter, why does Pennsylvania have the most racist school funding in the nation?

I am a student in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. I am not blind to what has been happening for decades in my state. School districts with large minority populations are under-funded by millions of dollars every year in basic and Special Education funding. Some of the most underfunded school districts include Harrisburg School District (the capital city) which was underfunded by $37 million, Reading by $101 million, Scranton by $29 million, City of Philadelphia by $440 million and York by $59 Million, every year!

Even though they signed school funding formula laws, the Governor and General Assembly continue to refuse to fix these massive funding shortfalls.

As a Harrisburg resident, I have seen the consequences of this underfunding first hand. Bathrooms have no doors, textbooks fall apart in your hands and teachers let kids run the school. One would think the state government would put a little more care into its

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