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Should African American History Be A Required Subject For All Students?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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Racism seems to be so ingrained in American culture, it's as if it's being taught. Attitudes of disrespect and disdain toward African Americans are reinforced by stereotypes of criminal behavior, low morals,  incompetence, laziness and ignorance. But the real history and legacy of African Americans shows just the opposite. How do we change negative beliefs about a major segment of America's population? Should African American history be a required course for all school children? Would that improve race relations among the youth? What about adults? Should employees in sensitive positions such as those jobs related to criminal justice be required to take an African American history course to sensitize them? Filmaker Lia Crawford and Author and historian Alvin Boyce Munson discuss some little known facts about African Americans that could change attitude regarding race, if made widely known