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Tenn. Tea Party Demands Slavery Removed From Textbooks

Tenn. Tea Party Demands Slavery Removed From Textbooks

The Tea Party of Tennessee wants to remove from history textbooks any incidents of slavery and genocide linked to the founders of the U.S. for fear those references would tarnish the image of the Founding Fathers.

Members of Tennessee tea parties presented state legislators with five priorities for action Wednesday January 11, including “rejecting” the federal health reform act, establishing an elected “chief litigator” for the state and “educating students the truth about America.”

What Do They Mean By This?

From The Memphis Commercial Appeal:

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.”

That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”

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.

Demand To Remove All References To Slavery Or Genocide

In other words, the request is to remove all references to slavery or genocide from American history textbooks, so as not to besmirch the reputation and standing of the Founding Fathers.

This sounds similar to moves made in other states, notably Texas.

The Texas Textbook War

As I wrote here, last March the Texas Board of Education approved a social studies curriculum for its textbooks that puts a conservative stamp on history and economics, stresses the superiority of American capitalism, questions the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a separation of church and state, emphasizes the role of Christianity in the nation’s founding, and generally presents Republican political philosophies in a positive light.

This a dangerous trend, and needs to be stopped.

Teaching should not be about presenting children with a biased viewpoint and not allowing them to question it. For me, the  joy of teaching lies in giving my students all the available information and letting them make up their own minds about what they think is right.

What do you think?

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2:29PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

let us also remember that while were also enslaved during this time in forced workhouses
and to a lesser extent indentured servants of 7 year term but was often extended due to truth and lies and mostly also forced into it and could be bought and sold beaten raped and hard hot working conditions and horrible living conditions’ but if you could survive that you get a freedom package of at least 25 acres of land grain to plant a cow and new cloths. and interestingly the first blacks were not slave but forced indentured servants but this so called Christian county complained by the land given so created the slavery laws for blacks that were so satanic they forced generations into slavery

9:30AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

The first patent issued in the U*nites State was to a black man, 13 years before one was issued to a white. Air brakes on trains, stop signals, open heart surgery, The Deere plows, the Whitney cotton gin: all inventions of blacks who could not own patents because they were the property of whites, who owned their ideas.

Where to stop and start revisionism?? Those who want to remove the reality, the facts, would be imbeciles if they weren't al ready idiots.

3ead" Created Equal" for a humbling history lesson.

6:18AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Its history! Don't try and define it. It made our country what it is today!

6:16PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Thanks. It's funny that some of those in the south who claim that the confederate flag should be displayed because it is part of their "history" would then revise history when it doesn't fit in with their idea of truth. Again, people are entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.

1:16PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

There a very old and true term which is “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” so it make me wonder if the tea party really want to forget or may just want to own a slave of their own

7:22AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

In all honesty they already do this to some degree. Slavery, for example, is assumed to be an issue only affecting the memory of black communities. It is also assumed that slavery ended with the emancipation proclamation of 1963.

The reality is that Natives were the preferred slaves because they were cheaper, and the practice persisted even into the early 1900's. No one ever talks about how Natives were enslaved, and whenever this is brought up the most common counter is: "Well Natives enslaved each other", but even that isn't entirely truthful. Not every tribe practiced slavery, and even those that did only took prisoners of war who were never treated as property.

When the issue of slavery came up in my English I class I asked the teacher why no one ever talks about the slavery of Natives in even the slightest mention, and his response was that "they don't matter". Well, of course they don't matter to people who never heard of it.

My point is that omission of facts regarding slavery has already occurred. If allowed to be removed entirely someday when someone says "slavery" they will ask, "People had slaves in America?" and then promptly deny it, or find some justification for why black folk should have been enslaved. *sigh* But hey, I guess that's the American: Build upon the land of Natives with the Blood of Slaves and funded by the profit of drugs. Honesty doesn't sit well with most people.

4:21AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Anyone denying slavery and injustice in the past, is likely to repeat the same act.
Looks to me like the tea party is preparing to start slavery again: denying the poor education (see other post on bad grades and taking away benefits) , make and keep them dumb is the first step to it...

3:09AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

This is part of human history for the young to learn from

2:49AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

thank you

2:48AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

thank you

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