It’s a scenario I’ve seen dozens of times: While black thugs riot in the streets, white-collar pundits appear to fight back tears as they sympathize with the mayhem.
“After all,” they say, “the black community has endured generations of racial discrimination.”
Talking heads fill our TV screens as they continue to enumerate the offenses white Americans have committed from slavery to Jim Crow.
Consequently, a false narrative has been embedded in the minds of Americans. The nation is suffering from false memory syndrome. Our ancestors, we believe, raided peaceful African villages, bopped innocent Africans on the head, then led them in chains to slave ships.
Once in America we imagine wealthy white plantation owners forcing hordes of blacks slaves to pick cotton in the hot summer sun twelve months out of the year.
The narrative is so well ingrained in our thinking that its seem almost sacrilegious to question it.
Nonetheless, facts are stubborn and data takes precedence over anecdotes.
Here are thirteen things most Americans don’t know about black history.
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