Oklahoma: It’s fine.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma

We need a little backstory before we can begin today’s lesson. Summer Boismier, a teacher in Oklahoma, upon the passage of a high school book-banning law, gave her students the top-secret and heretofore unknown URL of the Brooklyn Public Library (something clearly that the tech savvy, at-risk Yutes of  Today in Oklahoma would be incapable of finding on their own) where said naifs could find and read whatever ebooks they want, regardless of what the Okie  book-burning facists want,  praise Jeebus.

On to the story:

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma governor’s education secretary called to take away the teaching license of a high school teacher who resigned in opposition to House Bill 1775, a state law banning certain race and gender concepts from schools.

Ryan Walters, who is also a candidate to become the state’s next chief of public schools, asked the Oklahoma State Board of Education on Wednesday to revoke Summer Boismier’s certification immediately.

We need to jump in right here and note that revoking a teaching certificate usually involves offenses like felony convictions or behaving like Matt Gaetz, etc.

He falsely stated Boismier had been fired from Norman Public Schools after a parent complained of the teacher’s objections to the law and attempts to give students resources to access banned books outside the classroom.

“There is no place for a teacher with a liberal political agenda in the classroom,” Walters said in a letter posted to social media.

“But there sure as hell is place for me to force MY agenda”  Walters did not say. “Oops.”

BTW, Walters is a high school history teacher. I guess he skipped that chapter on Nazi book burning, or saw it as an instruction manual?

Anyway, it’s a long article, packed to the gills with information and links and is worth reading and thinking about. Book banning is here folks, the Nazis are on the march, and sure Oklahoma is as ruby-red as it gets, but book bans are happening across the country.

Be vigilant.

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9 Responses to Oklahoma: It’s fine.

  1. w3ski4me says:

    The year is currently: Two Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty two and people are acting out the 18th century. In the age of digital reproductions and worldwide access. Evil Books, Evil, must destroy.
    Damn, pardon the use of it, but these people are retarded, and not in a handicapped way. We are almost overrun by the stupids.

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  2. roket says:

    I see clandestine banned book clubs in their future.

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  3. Stony Pillow says:

    And with all the crap swirling around her, Summer is staying in Oklahoma to keep fighting.

    Dayum. My Mom got kicked out of teaching in the 50s because she wouldn’t sign a loyalty oath. And I thought they didn’t make ’em like that any more.

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    • Mike B. says:

      Good for her. That took courage in the 50s, when it could get you investigated by our “friends” at the FBI.


  4. Redhand says:

    I’m no constitutional litigation specialist or the like, but still, what am I missing here? How is this not a prima facie violation of the First Amendment? Oh sure, I know there is the legal filter of the State School system, and State’s Gub-e-ment rights to prescribe appropriate curricula for students, but at the cost of absolutely suppressing the free exchange of ideas?

    Seems to me that the entire system is designed to stifle free expression. How the fuk is that legal?

    OTOH, we know that Putin would approve: Russian Schoolchildren Return to Classrooms Changed by War.

    See also, Russia Announces Compulsory Patriotic History Education for 7-Year-Olds.

    Hey Oklahoma, you’re not just “fine,” you’re “OK,” er . . . “OKBG!”


    • Mike B. says:

      I don’t know – I didn’t read the bill, just USA Today’s and the Daily Oklahoman’s summary (dangerous I know), but it doesn’t sound as bad as Florida’s “Don’t say gay” law. The bill says you can’t teach that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another,” and that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive.” It also prevents universities from”engaging in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training.” Teachers can still teach about the the Trail of Tears and the Tulsa Race Massacre, etc, but shouldn’t make students feel guilty because of their race. The bad guy above is clearly Walters, who asked that the teacher’s teaching certificate be revoked, but that hasn’t been done. He also thinks the teacher is responsible if any content at the Brooklyn Public Library web site is unsuitable for her students.

      By the way, with the current Supreme Court, freedom of speech could be vastly curtailed. The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” It doesn’t say states or cities can’t. A much later Supreme Court decision extended the First Amendment to all government units. But this SC could undo that.


      • The bill says you can’t teach that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another,” and that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive.”

        You also cannot teach about “white privilege” or the actual academic basis of CRT…which is that generations of racist policy down to this day have crippled the ability of Black families building the kinds of generational wealth that whites have.

        TODAY houses with pictures of black familiy members get appraised at lower values than the same house when it is “white”-washed.


        Actual academic studies with volunteers calling about rental properties are denied leases when they give stereotypical “Black” names versus sterotypical “white” names.

        The SAME people make the calls to the agencies.

        The OK law is a exercise in whitewashing history. “Racism doesn’t exist anymore so we can’t teach people about it’s effects”.

        Which any non-white (and most white ones) kid in the classroom knows is a lie. White people should feel bad about past discrimination, and work to erase it’s effects.

        Hell, most people in Tulsa didn’t know the history of the massacre or that it even existed until HBO made it a foundational event of “The Watchmen” series.

        These laws are absolutely designed to perpetuate white supremacy.


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