Art or Racist Relic? School Mural Controversy Offers Opportunity for Student Debate

Art or Racist Relic? School Mural Controversy Offers Opportunity for Student Debate

A mural at the entrance of a public high school in San Francisco is receiving national attention due to the controversial nature of its subject. This mural depicts the ugly side of American history, showing George Washington as a slaveowner and depicting Native Americans and African Americans in negative ways.

The debate about this mural raises many questions relevant to our students. The First Amendment, censorship, “trigger warnings,” and the role of art to provoke and evoke feelings are central to examinations of American history and culture.

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Words Matter: Unpacking Responses to the New Zealand Attacks

Words Matter: Unpacking Responses to the New Zealand Attacks

One of the basic tenets of genocide education is that words matter. When teaching about mass atrocities, we ask our students to pay close attention to language. What about the language we hear today in response to the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand? What are the messages being delivered?

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