Letter to the Editor

John Munter, WSC Student

This article is a response to the previous opinion pieces “White women’s tears: a deadly weapon” and “There needs to be women’s history in education,” both of which were posted in the March 30th edition of The Wayne Stater 

First, I would like to state that my views are my own and do not reflect any organization that I may belong to on this campus. While there is much I would like to say, it seems fitting to note that there are very real cases of women and men (white, black or anything else) using their status or position to change the outcome of a situation.  

However, it seems inappropriate to declare that white women’s’ tears are “shed when a white person is confronted with racism,” that they are a sign of “white fragility,” or that they are about “vengeance.” All these accusations do little to foster a conversation about removing racism from our society and heap blame upon a large section our population because of the actions of a few people on Tik Tok.  

Speaking of that app, the second article mentioned focuses on how women’s history is not taught in history classes and the author states that she “learned more about history from Tik Tok than a history class.” If that is true, then that is unfortunate as there are many teachers and professors out there seeking to make history more representative of the vast number of unique people who have lived on this planet.  

It is 2022, not 1952 and women’s education (or insert any other marginalized group) is being prioritized today in the state and federal standards. I for one disagree that history in public schools is racist, sexist, and homophobic and in my own classroom I hope to remove these potential barriers forever.