Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | August 19, 2015

Fake, P.C. #NativeHistory ‘map porn’ storms Facebook

Imaginary map scratches bias itch. (Map: ScientiaOmniaVincit via Reddit and Facebook)

Imaginary map scratches bias itch. (Map: ScientiaOmniaVincit via Reddit and Facebook)

If you weren’t sure America’s schools are turning out a whole lot of people of, shall we say, uneducated potential – well, dither no more.  Certainty can be yours.

A fantasy map of North America, posted in a Reddit forum on 6 August, has taken Facebook by storm – and with it, the impressionable minds of hundreds of thousands of Facebook members.

The original map was an exercise in projecting what North America might look like in 2015 if there had been no colonization by Europeans.  As the comments at Reddit indicate, the original map made quite a number of, um, uneducated errors.  But the important point for now is that the map never purported to reflect any kind of historical reality (and it didn’t).  It was an essay in alternative-history imagination.

That didn’t stop Facebook peeps from seizing on the map and sending it viral, with comments like these:

America before colonization…. I’ve never seen this map in my entire 25 years of formal education. Not in one history book or one lesson. This is not a mistake… Representation matters!!! ‪#‎NativeHistory‪#‎BeforeAmerica

I’m heartbroken to know that I’ve never once seen this in schools.‪#‎beforeamerica ‪#‎nativehistory This is so important, I’m so happy to be able to share this.

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