Christopher Columbus had gone from a once-hailed historical figure to a pretty dark cultural icon within the last decade or so. Perhaps that’s because we’ve seen a shift in education and how we talk about Columbus and his feats. Instead of framing him as a courageous discoverer, classrooms now discuss his cruel nature and and murderous ways, and it’s changing the way people are looking at history altogether.
But not all classrooms are that progressive. Some schools still talk about Columbus as if he’s a savior for Americans, but students aren’t eating that shit up the way they used to, maybe because of the Internet or maybe because their parents have taught them otherwise. Let’s just say that some students aren’t afraid to call their teachers out, too.
Like this kid, King, who was told to write a journal entry about what he’d learned about Christopher Columbus in class. Instead, he decided to take the opportunity to critique what they learned in class, and damn, this kid is savage.
The paper read:
Today was not a good learning day. Blah blah blah I only wanted to hear you not talking. You said something wrong and I can’t listen when I hear lies. My mom said that the only Christofer we acknowledge is Wallace because Columbus didn’t find out country, the Indians did. I like to have Columbus Day off but I want you to not teach me lies. That is all. My question for the day is how can white people teach black history?
Damn, kid. Asking all the hard-hitting questions, aren’t you? But then teacher didn’t seem to find it so charming. They responded, “King, I am very disappointed in your journal today,” in which King replied, “ok.”
A lot of others, though, were more disappointed in the teacher, who didn’t have all that much to say about a pretty relevant classroom critique.
Let’s just say a lot of us are here for this kid and his no bullshit way of getting his point across.
No wonder your mom named you King, kid. You’re going places.