U.S. History: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Publicēšanas datums 2 aug 2020
John Oliver takes a look at how the history of race in America is taught in schools, how we can make those teachings more accurate, and why it’s in everyone's best interest to understand the most realistic version of the past.
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  • If you don't teach histories truth how can we hope or expect the future to be better. There are some of us who actually did study history and I would argue that the American school system dose exactly what it was intended to. They teach us just enough to provide low level labour job's, to fear and never argue with authority, and when we are being unfairly attacked and harmed to suck it up and absolutely know that the authorities are not going to help but. Quite the contrary if you rase too much hell about it the authorities will turn on you. All of that were clear messages I received growing up in public school, I was taught all of that in as a bullied white kid in a small town America. I think if I had had to deal with endemic racism also I likely would have ended up in jail for violently venting my frustration, that almost happened as things were. So do I think the schools are failing, not unless you believe they are there to educate your children. What they are there for is to train, limit, and enculturate them making them better cogs in the machine.

  • I remember in Northern VA, we were taught that tariffs and trade were involved. I latched on to the idea of trade a MAIN cause for so long.

  • Yall talkin forgoten history and non yall mf's mention the Berber wars

  • Now everyone knows, thanks Jonh. UUUGGGHHH! IT WAS A SECRET WE TRUSTED YOU WITH!!!!

  • How about we teach, actual history, minus the freak woke shit, no, they don't go hand in hand. Real history, not made up, in either direction. The woke shit makes it annoying for anyone other than weirdo brainwashed college kids, and progressive left. The far right ,and left should all go away.

  • Laura: "are you sensing a theme here" Me: "you're forgetting the most important subject math" Also me: oh yeah I'm an American

  • My story about my ignorance of black history isn't American, but it does pertain to slavery. When I was in school, I was taught about the Atlantic slave trade, how despicable the conditions on the ships were, what life on the plantations was like, and about the Underground Railroad. We also got taught that the slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807, and that in 1833 we abolished slavery entirely. Fast forward a few years. A documentary by noted black historian David Olusoga is on the TV. I'm not really watching it, but whatever I'm doing otherwise is not engaging enough to stop me from intermittently paying attention to it. I happen to see Olusoga start talking about reparations when slavery was abolished. Not reparations to the slaves. Reparations to the slaveOWNERS. We paid £20 million - 40% of HM Treasury's annual income at the time - to slaveowners to compensate them for the loss of the human beings they owned. A fundamental fact about the history of slavery in my country's empire, and a grievous injustice, and I only learnt about it because I happen to be occasionally glancing a documentary that was on only by chance. That's not right. I shouldn't have acquired that knowledge in such a haphazard way. It should have been taught to me and my classmates in school. Black people deserve better. Frankly, everybody deserves better. I feel lied to, and far dirtier for knowing that, consciously or unconsciously, the truth was kept from me than for knowing that our moment of enacting the bare minimum of humanity and morality was sullied by a hideous assessment of who was wronged by slavery and who deserved restitution. We need to do better.

  • The only language Tucker can speak is the language of Sneer.

  • 18:05 Correction: the only successful coup d'état ever to take place on American soil.

  • What's sad is that I live in Wilmington NC and I never knew anything about this being the location of the first "Coup de' etat" (sp?) WOW. I am amazed at not knowing that!!

  • "Only coup on american soil" that quote doesn't age well

  • My school was great, but quite a bit I didn't know. I either forgot it or it wasn't tought

  • It's ironic that Morgan Freeman is reading John Lewis' words since Freeman is a total sell out to his people

  • He did not just call Obama greasy I can't fucking believe the disrespect Carlson has for this man

  • Love you

  • So this is why Japan and the US are best friends. Both have the same habit of lying to their children about their horrible past

  • Sure it was about States Rights the Southern States wanted to keep the right to OWN people. So unless it's being presented that fashion then no it's not about States rights

  • I learned about the Tulsa massacre from a Twitter thread, days before I watched the first episode of Watchmen. It was the first time I had ever heard about it, and the more I learned about it the more I realized just how much history was just completely buried. I learned about Juneteenth around the same time, when I saw many Black twitter users that I followed talking about it in reference to trump's rally. I'd never once heard of it before then.

  • I wonder if Americans know that slavery wasn't localized to just their country. Throughout history slaves have been kept. As of 2018 India still had upwards of 8 million slaves. Other countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea, Nigeria, Indonesia all still have slavery. As usual America only wants to focus on themselves, but surprise there is a whole big world outside your borders in which over the years every type of skin colour has been made a slave. We need to LEARN from our past, but not let it define us.

  • The main problem with america is lack of acceptance to there mistakes . mistakes is how we learn

  • Slavery in africa excited but it didn't aim to demin them rather than to assimilation to society like the results of kikuyu and maasai relationship after war like wayaki wa hinga who is a kikuyu heroe in the fight for independence yet his grandma was of maasai origin

  • Lies.

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  • Your splitting hairs on Washington. His prenuptial agreement said "he could not free the slaves his wife owned when they were married.

  • Laura Ingraham: Nazi Barbie

  • Sometimes I hate being black, and this is why. Everywhere in the world, being dark is bastardized and abused. Ignored. Forgotten. I hate it. I fucking hate it.

  • Do you think that the populations of Saudi Arabia and Iraq know about the Arab slave trade, which was 4 times larger than the european one.

  • He all out attacked Shane Dawson and I love it

  • Okay but the subtle call out of Shane Dawson when he mentioned a LVcdr who did blackface for years and is only now realizing it was and still is wrong.

  • 13:55 yes actually i am sensing a theme, a theme of bullshit.

  • I would love to hear from the people that don’t want Confederate Statues being taken down because it would erase history.

  • The only coup to take place on American soil . . . So Far . . .

  • Lauren Ingram is right for all the wrong reasons about racism lol Edit: I meant about her saying that capitalism and the Constitution are racist btw

  • White culture and history is non existent without racism. I mean in a way America was responsible for inspiring HITLERs beliefs and tactics via eugenics lol

  • I felt horrible when I first learned about Juneteenth because I couldn't believe it was the first time I had heard it. It makes me feel a little better that an African American man from Tulsa didn't learn about it till college. Knowledge is the start before meaningful change can happen. We can't hide our past because it will only hinder our future.

  • I found out about this when I was 70

  • What a good piece

  • Aged terribly. Oliver got duped by Chinese stealth propaganda.

  • Oh past John Oliver, if only you had remained correct about that being the only coupè de ta on American soil. If only the election riots didn’t happen

  • At first I thought "whats bad in mentioning the history of slaves in the US by playing role plays" but then again im German and we would never make a role play where one of us plays a nazi. These tasks they give children in america is horrendous xD

  • So I’m a history major, longtime fan of the show and a liberal, but I do have a tiny bit of a problem with saying that the states was not the cause of the civil war. TECHNICALLY, it was, because states were pissed that the federal government had been making laws regulating slavery, so they seceded. So it when right wing people say that states rights were a cause of the civil war, they are correct, however the specific rights that those states wanted to have is over slavery. So both are correct, and I do think schools should make that clear

  • Part of the issue is that they are hearing it from the race there oppressing they need to hear it from someone who they listen to which is another thing to deal with but the point is that they will not listen to those they believe are not equal to them and that is pretty messed up

  • I was taught that racist folks were uneducated so I used to feel pity for them because to know was something great and they didn't have the knowledge which was sad to me as a kid.

  • Pretending a problem doesn't exist will not solve it. Pretending a disease does not plague you will not cure it. Pretending racism does not exist will not end it.

  • 'Unjust to Stalin:' every historical account factually reporting the horrors of the Holodomor...

  • Wow lookee there! One of the Dr. Suess books that got canceled for.... being racist. Go figure, John Oliver always doing it before it’s cool

  • At 17:52 when John talks about the foundation of the Klan he used a photo from the 1920’s not the 1860’s. The Original Reconstruction era Klan did not wear white robes they wore all kinds of disguises.

  • Growing up in the south and being raised by leftists, my parents taught me to challenge the “states rights” claim by asking the rhetorical question : “ a states right to what? Own people?”

  • I find it bizarre that I have a better understanding of the civil war than most Americans from my Danish history class. That's not to say that Denmark gets this stuff right our history books tend to skip over Greenland and how we participated in the slave trade but it definitely shows that this is very much a political issue.

  • As an American that is finally seeing whats happened/happening in my country I'm just ashamed.

  • I'm Canadian, and my History class was not about Canadian History, we mainly learned European History.

  • John, is it possible to speak about British history? Especially in Ireland as I don't think it gets taught in British schools. Sad times.

  • The victors don't write the history they write self congratulatory fiction that justified all their bad acts.

  • Lee Atwater is exactly right: we stopped calling you nigger, but we still try to fuck you over with legislation that doesn't SOUND racist, but actually is racist.

  • The city in North Carolina was the only government control of the populist party. They were actually really powerful in North Carolina. This is the party Teddy Roosevelt ended up creating into the Bull-Moose party. And the one that had a farmer revolt but sadly lost. And the one that kinda still exists in Minnesota. It all started in Kansas actually

  • I love my country.

  • Fortunately Portugal doesn’t have a problem like this, that I can think of at least. I think we handle the colonies, slavery and the fascism part, at least differently

  • 18:20 "The only coup on american soil"... NOT ANYMORE!!!

  • I never realized just how lucky l was to learn about all this stuff in school.

  • Bruh how come that Texas guy didn't have a neck? XD @25:25

  • Some Americans need to face the uncomfortable truth about their country and states tole in slavery. Others need to face the uncomfortable truth that as horrible as it was it wasnt unique and was not as simple as "bad white man turned up and stole peaceful black people". Slavery was already very much part of the economy in Africa with natives selling one another to arabs and then portugese as well as eachother. Let's then go back to the fact that the deniers need to look back and realise that much of what they are taught is so heavily skewed towards trying to make them feel disassociated and disconnected, in order to make them feel ok about it or atleast a bit less terrible, with the horrendous truth of what people faced just because they dont want to understand their ancestors and country did something pretty fucking awful.

  • Is history, in 28 minutes Seems a bit of an excessive amount of time to sum it all up

  • I love the pretending at the start of all this great research when it’s clear that John has seen that one Vox video we’ve all seen

  • Hey John speaking of uncomfortable things people don’t wanna come out right and say, when she says “ you don’t wanna deal with the fucked up things you’re ancestors did , what’s she’s actually saying is “you don’t own up things that you should be held accountable for.

  • First coup*

  • This didn't age well

  • It seems so unassuming, but if anyone thing will be our downfall it will be this. We are going to pay for this dearly. I can only hope that those high-quality online courses continue to grow in popularity and generation Z educate themselves on history, especially US history

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    • on the other hand, I really do not like that professor that was talking about the underground railroad saying what he said. You are effectively telling me that you know that I would be a slave owner. You just know it. This is happened to me in my community college as well people told me that I am responsible for chattel slavery, which is some of the worst torture ever done to human beings in history, it is not some small passing accusation to make. Yes I Understand that I am not exactly the victim here but again it is not just some fun little historical trivia, to tell somebody that you know that they would be a slave owner is a very big deal.

  • "the only coût d'état" *laughs in 2021*

  • I remember being in an elementary school play about America and playing Thomas Jefferson. I had to say the "all men are created equal" quote. Wow, that's an uncomfortable retrospective.

  • As always John well done

  • Wtf is this crazy shit

  • John describing the dinosaurs is exactly how I felt in my first college history class. Good old’ southern education

  • Only coop on American soil? Woo, this didn't age well x.x

    • Well, there’ve been a bunch of failed coups

  • It makes me sick to my stomach at how I idolized these historic men who I was taught to view as heroic, and that proves how racially charged the education system is. Always protecting and covering up white supremacy. When I was in high school I loved history, loved the founding fathers, willingly let my mom take me to a republican convention(almost ten years ago). I was taught to view anyone who was on the opposite side of the political scale were evil. Looking back so much of my view point seems like I was brainwashed, which to an extent I really was. I am so grateful that I moved from my home town and grew and learned and evolved. I will always be out spoken now with how I feel, no matter how many people from my small town get pissed on facebook. (I was actually told that my problem is that I am too open minded, and that is the trouble with the youth today)

  • Fact is the moment Martin Luther king started the public conversation about financial equity for the black community experience ,he was killed. Before he could put the next dream in the minds of the black community

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  • In under a minute you have managed to completely mislead people and jump to wild conclusion...wtf...

    • I... under a minute? This video is almost a half hour long! Did you literally just watch the first minute of the video and immediately assume you knew what he was going to say? What misinformation??

  • A Brit teaching US history? give me a break

  • I don't know what my ancestors were doing when slavery was legal but i know half my family didn't own them. They were not in america at the time and they were too poor to own any slaves anyway. The other half of my family.... Well its so many branches we don't know what may have gone on in there.

  • 18.13 .....Well......

  • It is almost criminal that this isn't John's highest viewed video from 2020, because although I learned about the Tulsa Massacre (finally, in college), I NEVER ONCE heard a mention of the only coup on American soil (at that time) in Wilmington throughout my entire NC public school career or private college experience. That. Is. Absolutely. Insane.

  • John Oliver failed us here boys... *I want that sad mummy orgasm for my phone ringtone!!!!!!!*

  • States right to what ....? States right to own slaves look at the fucking Confederate constitution

  • imagine The View talking about George Washington lmao. Yeah, I'll not get my history lessons from Whoopi Goldberg thank you very much.

  • Yeah why is it that Tarantino gets an n word pass? Super cringe also when you factor in he changes the way he speaks when he talks to black people....sketchy

  • My best history teacher never even looked at the textbooks, my worst used them all the time. All of my education about how f-ed up our ancestors were comes from news like this and historical fiction.

  • Britain's Royal Family, from Queen Elizabeth 1, endorsed and profited from the Slave trade for over 300 hundred years. Especially in the trading of Slaves from Africa to British America. In 1890 Rhodesia, in South Africa (now Zimbabwe) was named after a Brit resident, Cecil Rhodes, who owned Diamond mines in the region. His payment for the country being named after him, by the authority of Queen Victoria, was the biggest diamonds mined from Cecil Rhodes mines going to QV. The local people "working" at the mine were effectively Slave labour, in their own country !!!! "The slave-trading initiatives endorsed by the English monarchy began with Queen Elizabeth I’s enthusiastic support of John Hawkins’ slaving expeditions in the 1560s. In three separate voyages backed by government officials, London merchants, and the queen, Hawkins raided African settlements on the West African coast and seized hundreds of enslaved captives from Portuguese ships. In defiance of Portugal’s dominance over the European slave trade in Africans, Hawkins sold his cargo of African captives in the Spanish Caribbean. After his profitable second voyage, Queen Elizabeth 1st honored Hawkins with a coat of arms and crest featuring a nude African bound with rope." slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/07/british-royal-family-slavery-reparations.html The looting, physical and artefacts. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/31/queen-artefacts-royal-family-looted-law-cultural-heritage

  • When your 9th grade teacher holds field trips going to Harvard to learn history. :)

  • 18:06 "The only coup d'etat ever to take place on American soil." That aged poorly.

    • There have actually been a bunch of failed ones

  • the worst day in America is worse than the worst day in most other developed countries - unfortunately, So naive and it's everywhere in the US

  • Tulsa Race Massacres, Slavery as the reason for the civil war, The Triangle Trade. I was taught about a lot of it.

  • *ONLY THE TRUTH WILL ALLOW US TO LEARN AND CORRECT SO WE CAN CREATE A BETTER WORLD.*

  • *Texas still has FAR too much influence...* in regard to which text books are used all over the nation... And they haven't been exactly striving to make sure our kids get accurate history books.

  • Kind of sucks us chattel slavery didn't keep more from Saturnalia. One of the celebrations that would go on to create Christmas. Because during Saturnalia the master served the slaves. I'm guessing that slavery would have lasted a lot shorter if once a year the roles very reversed. Then again Rome treated its slaves with a lot more dignity than America did.

  • All americans should be forced to watch this show

  • That bit about unlearning something hits home. We were ABSOLUTELY taught in Elementary school that everyone believed the world was flat and that Christopher Columbus wanted to prove them wrong. We weren't taught about the Ottomans raising taxes on the Silk Road, Europeans looking for a way to bypass them, or Columbus making calculations on the size of the globe. We need to di better.

  • I’m 18, and went to elementary school in Illinois. I remember a class activity where we had to list the simple pros and cons of slavery, as if there was arguments on both sides to be made.

  • Wish japan could be as half as aware of the way they’ve erased historical atrocities they’ve committed against other nations. Most Japanese actually believe they were the victims in WW2.

  • 79% teachers are white??!!!!! That would be a supprise if 70% of the population wasnt white.

    • @Oliver Avery No, I get the point, I just disagree they way he goes around making it.

    • @julio Cubillas i really just think you're misunderstanding his point

    • @Oliver Avery yes, but the way he demonstrates that by using race statistics implies that The system is inherently racist because the majority of teachers are white where in reality is pretty representative of the population. I love John Oliver, but I dont like how he often misrepresents data some times by not showing the whole story.

    • @julio Cubillas right and I'm saying the point you just made is the same point he made with the white teachers statistic

    • @Oliver Avery I agree that we should be teaching history even if it uncomfortable to us. But the way he is cherry piciking statistics leaves a bad taste.

  • “R Kelly of his time” lmao