TN Teabaggers want mentions of slavery removed from history books

To go with our little SC Republican poll, there’s this. Now, in fairness, they don’t want slavery removed from the books entirely, but rather that everything vis a vis the Founding Fathers completely whitewashed to make them all seem like virtuous, and ironically progressive, paragons of justice and equality. Now that’s bad enough on its own, but I have to admit that their method of explaining why is even worse.

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.”

“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at.”

So they’re admitting that the unpleasant parts are true, but that they don’t want them taught because it… survey says… conflicts with a particular worldview that this group wants promoted.

This is the textbook definition of indoctrination, folks. When a group wants children to be taught from a perspective of promoting a particular message rather than simply laying the facts out, that’s indoctrination. It’s ramming an ideology into the heads of children against their will. Mind-rape, let’s say. They don’t want children to know all of the facts, just the ones that support what the Teabaggers see as the “truth”.

And that’s really the crux of the whole Tea Party movement. They know what “truth” is and want all information spread to be bent around supporting said “truth”. Teach creationism in schools, omit parts of history, do whatever it takes to prop up their bullshit notion of “truth”. They don’t want to let kids learn for themselves, no. That’d be dangerous.


4 responses to “TN Teabaggers want mentions of slavery removed from history books

  1. “….they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed”

    This is the part that gets me.  I mean, hate to break it to them, but there was liberty in the world before the founding fathers – hell, any of the Europeans – came to the Americas.  Then they went and suppressed the people who were here before them and, well the rest is history.

    (Yes, I know there was slavery too; some native tribes did take slaves, keep them, etc, as spoils of war.  No, it’s not right, but least I admit it happened.  I’m saying even including that, there was still “liberty”.)

    • That’s the real pain in the ass. They seem to think that, prior the US, there was no such thing as liberty or a country that was governed by its people. Like the founding fathers outright invented freedom and a representative government.

      Then, they also conveniently ignore that the FF’s loved Enlightenment-era thinkers and were secular skeptics rather than fervent Christians, but in this time of New History what matters is the “truth”, not the truth.

  2. North won the Civil War…therefore the decision should be up to the North. It’s time we start reminding Southerners who’s boss….

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