And now we are reaping the results of local educational decisions. How could we have expected to be one nation when the very history we were taught about our nation as kids contradicted itself depending on were you attended school. In the South, kids were taught one version of history and in the North, kids were taught a different version of history. As adults, we retain those lessons as part of our own personal ethos and we inevitably clash with others that have a different version of history. You can argue which version was correct all day, but the fact is that we are only a divided nation because we allowed alternative histories to be taught without considering the consequences down the road. Any kid that attended school in New York and then transferred to a school in Georgia will tell you that the history being taught in either place was wildly different. This was a huge mistake that we are only witnessing the consequences of today. We can't change what happened in the past, but we can recognize the incongruity we brought upon ourselves and correct many of the falsehoods that passed as actual historical events. Those too far down the rabbit hole of division will resist and are likely too far gone to persuade anyway. This is why critical race theory is so important. Critically analyzing history instead of white-washing it is the only solution to this problem. If you're not willing to look at history critically, you're just part of the problem and a product of the broken system that produced the divisions in the first place. Taking a step back and looking at our history through a critical lens shouldn't be controversial unless you don't want the truth. I suspect many don't.