Week 3 (make up)
Reading about the My Lai Massacre was devastating, but sadly not shocking to me. It was horrific to read about the terrifying things people not only had to see for their own eyes, but also were forced to experience on their own-- being tortured and killed. The reason I am not super shocked from reading the unspoken truth is because I know how familiar it is to have history kept from my public knowledge after years of viewing a different perception, aka the Western savior ideology.
Since we have all read the same reading from the novel, "Kill Anything That Moves," my focus of this blog is to question why the My Lai Massacre is not more prevalent in U.S. history books? It is not just something that occurred in another country. It is not just "another massacre" to read about-- whatever that means. It is a lived experience in which both parties endured hardship and extremely terrifying conditions. It is a long lived event that occurred with the wrong doing of American soldiers. Why don't we learn about this in AMERICA? I am outraged that I have never even heard of this tragedy before this class, let alone college. What can we do to implement this into newer textbooks, going beyond ethnic studies classes?