It angers and disappoints me that I am only now learning of some of this history. I was educated in the US and have a Phd, how have I been able to get this far without knowing this? Especially when history courses have been required at every stage of my education (elementary school, high school, college, graduate school). Not including these parts of history contributes to the erasure of people of color's lives, it separates racist events so they look like isolated events (rather than connected, intentional, and systemic) ,it colludes with White Supremacy because it only tells us the parts of history that make this country and white people seem less invested in oppressing and abusing people of color, and it keeps people of color (like me) subdued because we are not connected to our history.
I often disliked history courses growing up, I felt so disconnected from it, it felt so far away from me. But as I've started learn more about the history of people of color, and the history of my people especially, I have found that I am very interested and care and feel so much more. By not teaching us (people of color) our history and the ways racism has pervade all aspects of life in the US, we are kept from feeling angry, from organizing, from revolutionizing. This is a tactic of the oppressor. We have to stop doing that and start telling the truth, we need to start talking about OURstory.