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Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department

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Edwin Mayorga


It should surprise no one that the condition of race relations in this country is as poor now as they are. With recent and historical events that have occurred in this country in relation to the Black experience (indeed the experience of any of the marginalized communities that call the United States their home), the logical history lesson is that our children should be educated as in the words of George Santayana; “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” In this way, we see the wave of protests, court cases, and rhetoric surrounding race welling up around the nation. Conflicts in the legislative bodies, the court system, the prison system, the educational system, and many more have become increasingly common. With no set curriculum across any of the fifty states to educate youth on the experience of Black folx and African Americans in this country, it should come as no surprise that we do see history repeating itself and racial conditions deteriorating (if they were ever even “better” to begin with).