"The treatment of enslaved Africans varied. Some slaves reported that their masters treated them kindly." Here's another one: "Many enslaved Africans found comfort in their community and culture. They made time for social activity even after exhausting workdays."
The new texts are down playing the actual cruelty of the slave system such that some of the brutal tactics used against the Africans are sparsely mentioned. When they are, it is quickly followed up by something light and silly like this:
"Although they were forced to immigrate to the United States, their culture is one of the foundations of the current national identity, especially in the worlds of music and religion."
I don't know what's more painful, their haphazard depiction of the worst slave system (based on race) ever known to mankind, or that these are books made for the purpose of teaching children factual history. This kind of whitewashing and glossing over of our history is a major disservice to all children. And this is just getting started. This is the way it will go everywhere very soon. Our history is being blotched out and re-fashioned to make people more comfortable with "their own historical narrative." What a shame.
There aren't too many days that pass when I do not thank The Most High Yah for giving me the foresight and determination to begin teaching my own children so many years ago. I began doing homeschooling before it was officially legalized here in CA (in the late 80's). Not many Blacks were doing it then. Families pretty much homeschooled under the radar and kept quiet. But we fought hard to get the laws passed. Here in CA, we homeschool under the private school statute.
Today, homeschooling is catching on with our people and rightly so. I knew in my heart and soul that one day we were finally going get tired and start educating our own children enmasse.
Consider the following passage from the book:
"It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed, it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does." "School is a twelve-year sentence where bad habits are the only thing learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know."
John Taylor Gatto is a former New York school teacher of 30 years. He became a big promoter for the homeschooling movement. The book can be read free online here. It can also be purchased from Amazon.