Homeschool-on-the-Go: Our Black History and Texas Tour

What Black History in Texas Teaches Us About the Governmental Use of Race and Racism to Divide and Conquer Citizens

Last week our Homeschool-on-the-Go activity focused on American History and the Emancipation Proclamation and Reconstruction. Thanks to the generosity of Toyota USA, we were able to try out the 2017 Prius Prime and take a wonderful road-trip that included visiting Galveston, Texas City, College Station, and Prairie View, Texas. During this time, we discussed events surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation, Post-Emancipation, Reconstruction, and Post-Reconstruction. It was during this time it was confirmed to me that race is more than a man-made construct, as I once thought, it is a governmental one. It was put into place by people who wanted to maintain power. They created this notion of race and racial superiority to support racism. This is what led us to the problems that we have as individuals today’s United States of America. ┬áThe following video goes into more details about the outing and my thoughts on how we can really Make America Great- for the first time. Some of the highlights include:

  • Lincoln was not an unequivocal champion of Black Rights. He did not free all of the slaves, he believed in colonialism, and he supported segregation.
  • The Black Freedmen were able to live in peace for about 10 years- the period between emancipation and Reconstruction.
  • Reconstruction did not help Black people. It legalized segregation and sub-standard living.
  • Today’s citizens need to band together and not let people in positions of political and/or monetary power continue to use a “divide and conquer” scheme to encourage continued warring among us

What are you willing to do to make the United States a place where a whole group of people do not feel they have to kneel to the flag in order to get someone to hear them? What can the citizens actively do to come together despite powers that are creating roadblocks to our unity?

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Photos from the Tour

Asthon Villa, Galveston. Where the Emancipation Proclamation was read on June 19, 1865- two years after slavery ended.

Ashton Villa, Galveston

Freedmen’s District, Texas City. A place where freed Blacks settled after the Emancipation.

Freedmen’s District, Texas City. The home to one of the founders of the town.

Freedmen’s District, Texas City. A tribute to town founders, Frank Jr. and Ollie Caldwell Bell.

Emancipation Park, Houston Texas.

Freedmen’s Town (4th Ward), Houston, Texas. Local churches were instrumental in setting up the area.

Freedmen’s Town (4th Ward), Houston, Texas. Local churches were instrumental in setting up the area.

College Station, Texas. Texas A&M’s George Bush Library. TAMU is the older college in the State of Texas.

Prairie View A&M, Texas. Texas’s 2nd oldest institution of higher learning, it was founded as result of Reconstruction and the institutionalization of segregated educational facilities.