8-year-old King Johnson write letter to his teacher for LYING about Christopher Columbus.
Kids say the darndest things and also, sometimes, the wisest. Now, one boy’s school journal entry about Christopher Columbus is going viral because it is both hilarious, and way more enlightened than anything else out there. Too bad his teacher couldn’t keep up.
The photo making the rounds on Facebook shows an 8-year-old boy named King Johnson’s school journal entry from Jan. 22. It seems that King’s teacher was teaching the class that classic — and incorrect — bit of information that Columbus discovered America. (For a super-clear and informative explanation of everything that’s wrong with that particular claim, check out the Adam Ruins Everything segment on Columbus.)
But King was not having it. In his journal, he wrote:
“Today was not a good learning day. Blah, blah, blah. I only wanted to hear you not talking. You said something wrong and I can’t listen when I hear lies. My mom said that the only Christofer we acknowledge is Wallace. Because Columbus didn’t find our country, the Indians did. I like to have Columbus Day off, but I want you not to teach me lies. That is all. My question for the day is: How can white people teach black history?”
People immediately seized on King’s opinionated entry, and shared it far and wide. Many simply wanted to appreciate King’s hilarious writing, but others were upset about the unnamed teacher’s response, feeling that it was a missed opportunity to open up a dialogue about the excellent points that King raised, instead of stifling his opinion. But the internet works in mysterious ways. Because now, as it turns out, King has gotten some responses from other teachers who saw the viral journal entry and felt motivated to reach out in order to encourage his curiosity and honesty.
Whose baby is this? 😂😂 He has me hollering!#SomeoneComeGetKing #IKnowHeBelongsToOneOfYou