There's been article after article exclaiming the statement "Black Lives Matter." Now, there is a textbook written by Duchess Harris aimed at middle schoolers. Its intention is to open classroom discussions in an area where teachers have been unsure of where to start.
Like the civil rights movement in the 1960s, this modern movement is extremely similar. Some would claim that nothing has changed but the people. It's as if the feeling from the '60s has transferred into the modern day, a feeling of injustice and unrest - completely valid feelings.
"Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts - 21 times greater," according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.
That being said, it's important for textbooks such as Black Lives Matter by Duchess to be written. They pave a path for people to discuss and try to formulate solutions to the racial tensions, and if you are offended by such a book, good. If you feel as if it is there to make you feel guilty, it should. This is a growing problem in the United States, and most people would love to write it off as if it doesn't matter. Ignoring the problem won't make it go away, learning how you can help, can make it better even if it's just by a tiny amount.
It is seen as a controversial topic now, but years from now, it will be talked about as a major event in history like the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s. People treating this as if it's black people wanting a new reason to complain are uneducated. The numbers not only speak for themselves; they are screaming. Only a fool chooses to ignore such a brazenly obvious problem.