The Arkansas Department of Education (DOE) abruptly rejected AP African American Studies, saying the course may violate Arkansas law. "The department encourages the teaching of all American history and supports rigorous courses not based on opinions or indoctrination," Kimberly Mundell, Director of Communications for the Arkansas DOE, told Popular Information on Monday. Mundell said the course may violate a new Arkansas law regarding "prohibited topics" in public schools.
Ah, Bull Moose Huckabee Sanders. She and other white proto nazis and pseudo bible thumpers (deSanctimonious, lookin' at you!) want all children (especially white children), to grow up not knowing the egregious history of slavery, in their ongoing efforts to diminish and suppress Black Americans.
I am trying to imagine what Black folks are thinking about this, and I want to apologize to each and every one of them as the hate continues apace in America.
Stand Up! Vote these nazis back to the Stone age and teach our children history and how to be decent, humane beings. Start with separation of church and state, damn it.
Thanks, PopInfo, for your continued good works.
I think Ali Noland, quoted here, hit the nail on the head: all these bans and restrictions and clear prejudices reinforce the stereotype of less educated people from Southern states. In this case and Florida, unfortunately, rightly so.
Indoctrination is their accusation, but it is their plan to indoctrinate. Look at Hillsdale College, George Mason U and now the Praguer U proposed curriculum FL is offering. All of it is a one sided indoctrination campaign.
To empower kids is to grant them access to knowledge. If a student takes AP African American studies and becomes a progressive, that says a lot about modern conservatism. Just like how they could only win in the 60s and 70s by appealing to racists, they know that now they need to appeal to he uneducated and are trying to increase the amount of uneducated people.
Arkansans chose a lying idiot to govern them over an MIT nuclear engineer, so this, sadly, comes as no surprise. Arkansas continues its race to the bottom.
Make no mistake, this course is the first domino. The ultimate goal is a complete rewrite of progressive and democratically informed liberal arts courses to reduce pushback on increasingly authoritarian messaging and policies. I hate to be the "slippery slope!" guy, but we're on the side of a greased mountain folks.
This reporting is SO important for helping our country face and deal with profound ignorance and self-righteous cultural and racial bias.
An analogy comes to mind: imagine if you were a child born to ignorant fanatics. And, I am sure that there are many examples of this predicament. Education and freedom to learn the truth about matters is the way out of this dilemma.
Regarding the education of our young people about our extremely racist history (we tend to ignore and forget how we treated the American Indians), we all have much to learn about human nature. If I had any power in this regard, I'd have the writings and speeches of Frederick Douglas required in American History courses. [There are even early films of him speaking to international groups!]
It's amazing these republicans talk about indoctrination as much as they do. They are the true indoctrinators. They are all racists and they all hate America. I will never vote for a Republican the rest of my life.
Bizarre and unsettling tactics right before the school year feels very much to me like yet another attack -- not just on the content of what is taught, but on public education as a whole by explicitly creating environments where teachers feel uncertain/threatened and students learn less and less.
It would be a good idea for everyone to get a refresher course by watching the recent movie, Till.
There are plenty of news articles, news footage etc to show the truth if history.
This is Fascism. The republican party is responsible for it. Severe consequences are the only way to stop this.
Of course, they don’t want students to learn African American history like this “How to Incite a White Riot (1898). White supremacists destroy Wilmington NC, a thriving mixed-race city” https://forgottenfiles.substack.com/p/how-to-incite-a-white-riot-1898
Racism & fascism!
It is clear that laws don’t matter to trump & the republican party. Without addressing the propaganda stations that call themselves news, this will become more and more dangerous. Almost all media conglomerates are owned by ultra right.
Constant lies from these corporations controlling the airwaves and funding from billionaires who prefer fascism makes this fight far more difficult from all others.
Thanks, Judd. Sounds like Governor Sanders just blundered her way into what I can only hope will be a series of very costly and public lawsuits brought by the students of Arkansas and their parents. Better stock up on popcorn.
This all boils down to keeping their racist ideal alive and well in those states.
Arkansas - Common Sense + Sanders + Newly Erected Racist Structures - Empathy = R?