Tea Party Demands ‘Minority Experience’ be Purged From Textbooks
January 14, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)— Tea party members say the darnedest things. A group of Tennessee tea party activists pestered state legislators this week with a list of their wacky bigoted demands. At the top of the list was a call to rewrite public school textbooks, to ensure that Tennessee school children are taught the “truth about America.” What is the tea party’s idea of truth? They want to erase any mention of the “minority experience” from the history books that might make our slave-owning Founding Fathers look bad.
The tea party’s educational whitewashing plan also calls for the removal of the word democracy, to be replaced instead with “republic.”
“Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.” [...]
The tepartiers are particularly concerned that the inconvenient history surrounding slavery and the massacre of Native Americans not “obscure” the contributions of our white Christian Founding Founders.
“The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
“Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”
This right-wing whitewashing of history brings to mind the Texas State Board of Education’s campaign to wipe out any mention of Civil Rights leaders, to instead focus on conservative ideologues Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Schlafly.
Do you get the sense that the 21st century is passing these teapartiers by?