Why Every Black Person Should Study Black American History

Justin Patton
5 min readJun 24, 2020

Understand the cloth you’re cut from.

I hated history, and even more so Black History.

When the only Black History that is taught is slavery and struggle, you get sick of that shit.

What does it do to a black boy’s mind when the first thing that he learns of his ancestors is that they were slaves.

Black History as taught in American public education:

Black were slaves. Honest Abe Lincoln finally freed the slaves out of the kindness of his heart. Black people, or n*ggers, as they were called in those days had no rights and got lynched. A lot.

Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights because he had a dream. Rosa Parks sat on a bus.

The Civil Rights Era was progressive for ‘negroes’, until King was assassinated. Somehow he was hated enough by America to be the target of an assassination, but loved enough when dead to be memorialized.

The words that Carter G. Woodson wrote in the Miseducation of the Negro back in 1933, are still applicable the Black American almost 100 years later if we do not realize what we are up against in these American public schools.



Justin Patton

Spoken word artist and writer. Living my life and writing about it along the way, it just might inspire somebody. IG: @iamjustinpatton