While Flappr is sometimes accused of being a smut blog, we do have an interest in history as well. Our videos on the French and Russian Revolutions are funny and informative, and you should watch them if you haven't already.
February has been designated as Black History Month for a while, but it was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976 as a part of the Bicentennial celebration. Black History Month is a worthwhile celebration of the achievements of African-Americans as a part of the American experience and something I support.
Unfortunately, in our drive to make things relevant to our school age children, we tend to water things down to the point of absurdity.
While the younger children benefit from learning about great Americans like Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and even Jackie Robinson, it's harder to get high school age kids to get excited about Black History Month.
This is, presumably, why my local high-school decided to have a Spirit Week with a Black History Month theme.
For those of you who didn't have the pleasure of Spirit Weeks in your schools, it is basically a week where they designate each day as having some theme. Then they ask the students to participate in the theme by doing something, usually dressing up in a certain way. There are easy ones like school colors days, but the kids enjoy wearing pajamas to school day or ugly sweater day. Sometimes there are even prizes for the classes with the most participation in the day's theme.
Usually the student council and their advisors are behind these efforts, so the cool kids participate while most other ignore it entirely.
While I may have some qualms with some of the themes for the days, one of them stood out to me as particularly insidious - White Lie Day.
I assume that White Lie Day isn't on the agenda to highlight the lies told by our predominantly White Liberal Media, so I had to do some digging and it turns out that White Lie shirts are a TikTok phenomenon, where you take a white t-shirt and write a lie about yourself on it with a marker.
So it's a shirt where you write a "little white lie" about yourself. A white lie shirt.
Alright. . . well that doesn't actually sound as bad I thought. That actually sounds kind of fun? I guess there might not really be something bad here.
I mean, I think that this is kind of a weird way to celebrate Black History Month - I'd rather students learn more about people like Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, or the dude who helped make your toilet smell less terrible but wearing shirts all week is kind of tame it could certainly be way worse, all things considered.
Sometimes, things aren't as shitty as we think they might be. Sometimes a White Lie shirt day isn't some explicit CRT-laden virtue signaling event, it's just a day where kids write white lies about themselves on a t-shirt.
I guess that's a good thing.
Not everything is terrible.