History As Myth; Narrative As Truth

     The study of history ought to be about understanding the past as it objectively was, warts and all.   But as with science, all of knowledge is subjective and based on “different ways of knowing”, including history. Even more broadly than science, history is subject to being presented as nothing more than competing myths and biased narratives.

     Such is the case of the infamous “1619” project, that is being taught as fact, or at least the correct myth. It is a dishonest trick that presents facts without explicitly saying that it is a narrative that uses facts to tell one of many possible stories, and that it’s story is the morally correct one, as the person behind the “1619” admits.

     She also went on to state that this isn’t about truth, but of control.

     Despite the fact that many educators want to use the “1619” project as the basis for history classes in school, Ida Bae Wells disregards the actual study of history with some type of collective “memory”, and using the control of the past to control the present, and thus the future.

     This the “magical realism” version of history.


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