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America, Bailey Jay, and Children: ElleGato @ellle_enm The Holocaust is not "fading from memory" The United States is unwilling to teach history responsibly. The Holocaust is being erased The New York Times@nytimes 41% percent of Americans cannot say what Auschwitz was, a survey found nyti.ms/ 2JF9EEn 4/12/18, 1:21 PM musingsdeme: So I’m a historian who works particularly on the relationship between trauma, national memory, and childhood.  The focus of my research is not the Holocaust, but it’s a subject upon which I’ve taught, mused, written, and examined.  A few years ago, I was a TA in a class on the Holocaust (cross listed in the History Department and the Department of Judaic Studies) at a US University (a pretty prestigious one). Most of the course focused on the realities of the Holocaust:  what happened?  how?  why? Now because of my areas of expertise/interest, I was invited to give a lecture to the entire class as opposed to teaching my particular subset of students each week.  The subject of the lecture?  The Holocaust in US education and children’s/YA literature.  The thing that I found most distressing about this lecture?  The fact that only about nine state in the US require that students learn about the Holocaust in classrooms.  Among those only a few require it as a part of history or social studies classes, the rest require it as part of language arts.  And, the way that students actually learn about this subject is determined at the discretion of the school district, which means that, as long as students meet the general requirements of standardized tests, they don’t have to learn particular details.  So, let that sink in.  Even more distressing?  The states that “require” students to learn about the Holocaust, have only done so since (at the earliest) the 1980s, and far more likely the 1990s and 2000s.  This means that there is an entire generation whose knowledge of the Holocaust comes from popular media and triumphant narratives about US involvement in WWII:  these narratives are hugely false, and what I call the “Punching Hitler” story after the iconic image of Captain America socking Hitler in the jaw.  In the US the general shared narrative about WWII is that the US went over the Europe, lost a lot of boys, but killed Hitler, won the war, and saved the Jews.  o__O  That’s…not what happened.   In a class of 200 students, only about 10 percent knew anything about how the Holocaust happened.  They didn’t know about the groups that were targeted, the way that anti-semitism and opportunistic nationalist politics helped make it happen, they didn’t know about complicity or bystandardism.  They knew nothing.  They didn’t know that US officials were aware of what was happening and refused to get involved in the war.  They didn’t understand that there was concurrent anti-semitism and racism in the US.  They were taught none of these things.  And that is actually terrifying, not only because it means that these kids have no idea about the past, but because they can’t see the giant flashing warning signs in our current socio-political world.  
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Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Blackpeopletwitter: This is the worksheet that my son had to do at school today in his Language Arts class.SMH CRIB 1.) Ramón has an AK-47 with a 30-round clip. He usually misses 6 out of every 10 shots and he uses 13 rounds per drive-by shooting. How many drive-by shootings can Ramón attempt before he has to steal enough ammunition and reload? 2.) Leray has 2 ounces of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Antonio for S320 and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the rest of his hold? 3.) Dwayne pimps 3 ho's. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turm to support Dwayne's $800 per day crack habit? 4.) Raul wants to cut the pound of cocaine he bought for $40,000 to make a 20% profit. How many one ounce bags will he need to make to obtain the 20% profit? 5.) Desmond gets $200 for a stolen BMW, $150 for stealing a Corvette, and $100 for a 4x4. If he steals 1 BMW, 2 Corvettes and 3 4x4's, how many more Corvettes must he steal to have $900? 6.) Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money wl be left when he gets out ? 7.) If an average can of spray paint covers 22 square feet and the avera letter is 3 square feet, how many letters can be sprayed with three 8 or Cans of spray paint with 20% paint left over? oz. 8.) Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang What is the exact percentage of giris Tyrone knocked up? 9.) LaShaunda is a lookout for the gang, Lacuna also has a Boa that eats 5 rats per week at a cost of $5 per rat. If LaShaunda aconstrictor week as a lookout, how many weeks can she feed the Boa on on income? makes $700 10.) Marvin steals Juan's skate board. As Marvin skates away at t loads his 357 Magnum. If it takes Juan 20 seconds to load his pie far away will Marvin be when he gets whacked? <p>Math proficiency test gone wrong (via /r/BlackPeopleTwitter)</p>
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