putting a list together of stuff that i should have learned in high school, but if it had been taught, any one of my high school history teachers would have been fired the next day just for teaching it, even if they only used government documents as source material:
-assassination of Fred Hampton
-1921 Tulsa massacre
-FBI letter to MLK telling him to kill himself
@healyn Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments
@ExperimentV I should have listed this one, but I thought I learned about it in HS. Maybe not though, don't hear a lot of people mention it, and it's fucking absurd
@healyn I guess everything on this list, actually:
@ExperimentV my god this is a lot of terrible stuff
@healyn These are absolutely atrocious. Especially when corporations profit off it like DOW and Johnson & Johnson.
@healyn throw in some https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:United_States_civil_forfeiture_case_law for lightheartedness and you can transition straight into the fucked up civil asset forfeiture thing
@ben Ben, the civil asset forfeiture stuff is so fucking infuriating
@healyn the fbi did what now
@healyn holy shit. i looked this up and wow
@CyclopsCaveman i didn't learn about this until a few years ago. it's shockingly terrible
@healyn This is an overview of the MLK letter as well as Fred Hampton but the fact that not a single history class I took in high school, or the gen-ed one I had to take in my freshman year of college covered the existence of COINTELPRO is beyond disgusting.
@radicalrobit it's such a huge part of American history!
@healyn It's all confirmed too! It's not like it has to even be pieced together from leaks or second hand sources or anything. There were multiple senate hearings covering and revealing all this shit.
@radicalrobit yep, this isn't conspiracy theory shit. it's all documented
@xair it's not a conspiracy theory. it was discovered during the Church Committee hearings
@xair i agree that it's absurd that this isn't common knowledge, but past abuses get buried. that's how it works
Its good that your are making this kind of list.
Are you familiar with Prof. Michael Parenti's work? Prepare to be mildly shocked, sadly this is only scraping the surface. The atrocity stories since WWII even to its own citizens highlight how psychopathic the billionaire class actually are.
We can give you more on how intl' finance has shaped a lot of this.
@tessaracked there is no HS civics class in the world that covers this, I'm sure
@healyn I'm pretty sure I first learned about redlining in a masters-level social work class (which was an elective, of course). I guess it's hard to get teenagers engaged by talking about mortgages, but it's so important to understanding that segregation isn't just a Southern problem, school inequality, lots of important concepts
@tessaracked it's just not a sexy issue, and that's why it's so important. same goes for tax policy
@tessaracked @healyn I was fortunate to take a history course in my first year of college that was specifically focused on race in American history. It blew my fucking mind, especially the fact that school segregation had persisted through less overt methods. Weirdly, growing up in the rural South meant I went to a much more integrated school than most people in urban areas, because there was one primary, elementary, etc. school in a ten mile radius
@healyn operation northwoods, operation mockingbird
@healyn this is gonna be an extensive list
@healyn any of the many coups our government has instigated. Not a single mention in school
@remulacfrommars there are people who say as you get older, you become more conservative. if you read pretty much anything, that's horse shit. you do become more cynical though imo
@healyn I agree. My politics have only drifted left, even as my belief in things changing has decreased
@whiskeysailor @healyn @remulacfrommars You have heard about Josef Mengenele? Meet Shirō Ishii and his "works": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731#American_grant_of_immunity
@firescotch absolutely! the MLK and Hampton examples are part of that though, right?
The 1836 "revolt" in Texas was the result of white settlers wanting to import slaves from the US and the Republic of Mexico saying NO.
@healyn schools today aren't even mentioning pizzagate smdh
@Laser in this day and age...can you even imagine? also smdh
@healyn actually I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't some maga shithead Q guy shoehorning it into a HS class
@healyn how About the time the Puerto Rican young Lord's party took congress hostage and opened fire
@healyn whoopsie I mean the Puerto Rican nationalist party
@wintgenstein wait, what?
@healyn in 1954 Puerto Rican independence supporters took congress hostage and shot a few congressmen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_United_States_Capitol_shooting_incident?wprov=sfla1
@wintgenstein i'm embarrassed that i've never heard of this
@healyn eh don't feel too bad the story hAs been actively suppressed off the island because they don't want us getting ideas
@healyn I recommend the book war against all Puerto Ricans (which I need to finish) for more info on Puerto Rican resistance to empire
- Wilmington coup of 1898
- 1953 CIA coup in Iran
- 1964-1973 secret war in Laos
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