Conservatives Are At It Again

GOP’s Education Initiative

They’re baaaa-ack! (Yes it’s Axios, so all the weird formatting, odd bullet usage, and strange emboldening is theirs)

School districts from Pennsylvania to Wyoming are bowing to pressure from some conservative groups to review — then purge from public school libraries — books about LGBTQ issues and people of color.

Why it matters: A pivotal midterm election year, COVID frustrations and a backlash against efforts to call out systemic racism — driven disproportionately by white, suburban and rural parents — have made public schools ground zero in the culture wars.

What they’re saying: “I’ve worked for this office for 20 years, and we’ve never had this volume of challenges come in such a short time,” Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, told Axios.

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What they’re saying: Tiffany Justice, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, told Axios parents want educators to listen to parents’ concerns and not force certain subjects on children.

…especially when SHE wants to force her agenda onto others. Free speech doesn’t not equal forced listening.

  • She said parents have the right to challenge books from Black scholars like Ibram X. Kendi if they see it as indoctrination.

But forcing books from White scholars to indoctrinate black kids? That’s just swell.

  • “Books that promote indecency and immorality… I believe we should have an accounting for those,” Alabama conservative activist James Henderson told Axios.

The ironically-named Ms. Justice might want to ask whose morality, whose indecency?

Banning books is as old as the Dark Ages and it has not worked out well for the book banners and book burners, and the people who try to suppress knowledge.

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3 Responses to Conservatives Are At It Again

  1. Apparently, according to Virgina, at least, Alexis De Toqueville’s “On Democracy” is a hallowed foundational text for the Republic. Cool! Time to put out the lesson plans for

    Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races In The United States—Part I.

    The territory now occupied or claimed by the American Union spreads from the shores of the Atlantic to those of the Pacific Ocean. On the east and west its limits are those of the continent itself. On the south it advances nearly to the tropic, and it extends upwards to the icy regions of the North. The human beings who are scattered over this space do not form, as in Europe, so many branches of the same stock. Three races, naturally distinct, and, I might almost say, hostile to each other, are discoverable amongst them at the first glance. Almost insurmountable barriers had been raised between them by education and by law, as well as by their origin and outward characteristics; but fortune has brought them together on the same soil, where, although they are mixed, they do not amalgamate, and each race fulfils its destiny apart.

    Amongst these widely differing families of men, the first which attracts attention, the superior in intelligence, in power and in enjoyment, is the white or European, the man pre-eminent; and in subordinate grades, the negro and the Indian. These two unhappy races have nothing in common; neither birth, nor features, nor language, nor habits. Their only resemblance lies in their misfortunes. Both of them occupy an inferior rank in the country they inhabit; both suffer from tyranny; and if their wrongs are not the same, they originate, at any rate, with the same authors.
    If we reasoned from what passes in the world, we should almost say that the European is to the other races of mankind, what man is to the lower animals;—he makes them subservient to his use; and when he cannot subdue, he destroys them. Oppression has, at one stroke, deprived the descendants of the Africans of almost all the privileges of humanity.

    The negro of the United States has lost all remembrance of his country; the language which his forefathers spoke is never heard around him; he abjured their religion and forgot their customs when he ceased to belong to Africa, without acquiring any claim to European privileges. But he remains half way between the two communities; sold by the one, repulsed by the other; finding not a spot in the universe to call by the name of country, except the faint image of a home which the shelter of his master’s roof affords.

    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/815/815-h/815-h.htm

    Now this is a white man to indoctrinate those kids!

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  2. roket says:

    The motto of the yutes in my day was “Never trust anyone over 30”. This loudmouth minority wants to bring back those days.

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  3. Isn’t possible that there is a parent of one of the affected kids in that middle school or junior high? Ask her if she and her friends might want to form a Banned Books Reading Club. Every week, you read a different Banned Book. Discuss. Read another one.

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