A journal entry from a young student has gone viral for the blunt manner with which he communicated disappointment in his teacher’s Christopher Columbus lesson. A student by the name of King Johnson was evidently displeased when his teacher propelled the notoriously false perception of Columbus as a savior.

And he let her know it.

“Today was not a good learning day,” King wrote. “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?”

Son of Baldwin/Facebook
Son of Baldwin/Facebook

The teacher, who didn’t regard King’s critique, simply commented she was disappointed in the journal. His response?


The internet lived for King’s straightforwardness.



You’re doing amazing, sweetie.