I’m sorry, this isn’t going to be gentle, but I’ve had it. On Tonight with Alex Wagner, she just went through the genesis of a very famous event of the civil rights era, Rosa Parks heroic refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a bus.
The original textbook, used in Florida for years, and a standard text in US public schools, gave an accurate capsulized description of the event, Parks was arrested and charged for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama bus.
After that was found to be just a wee too straightforward and honest for the oh so ever delicate fee-fees of delicate snowflake white redneck kids in Florida, the language was softened in the next edition, minimizing the racial aspect, and not mentioning Parks arrest.
But after Pissantis’ Shit Ribbon Panel still found this too provocative for dissemination to anyone who wasn’t lily white, the notation was rewritten with no mention of race at all. Mission accomplished! In Florida textbooks, Rosa Parks heroic stand has become nothing more than an everyday pissing contest over a bus seat!
And it isn’t just Pissantis and Florida who are pulling this shit. Greg Abbott in Texas already has a statewide campaign underway that would erase k-12 schoolbooks of any history of racial injustice in this country that paints white people as being any part of the problem. And it’s being mirrored all over deep red states.
Enough of this bullshit! After all, history isn’t history if it doesn’t have some factual basis for the events that it is describing. And red states, the GOP, and the racist MAGA base is on a mission to erase any portion of American history what would make children even possibly feel that their ancestors were assholes. And it would be one thing if all it were was an attempt to coddle white kids from their past. But the GOP is going a step further, and trying do deny black children of their tragic heritage.
Fortunately, there is a way to stop this, right in its tracks. Every poll shows that the 10 poorest states, the ones that take more federal money out than they put in, are all GOP states, mostly in the south. Blue states like California, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts are all making survival in poor, mostly white, mostly southern states possible.
And that’s where the solution lies. The federal government controls the purse strings that keep the poor white southern states afloat. And that includes the United States Department of Education.
The federal government has all kinds of departments and agencies that create national standards. For instance, it is federal law that requires that anybody driving a car have insurance on that vehicle. The Environmental Protection Agency puts out national mandates concerning air and water safety levels, along with corporate pollution levels. The list goes on and on.
And this is where the government can drop the hammer and put this bullshit to a stop most riki-tik. The Department of Education can simply come out with a mandate that any state receiving federal education funds use use nationally recognized standard textbooks for K-12 education.
Because these fuckers aren’t doing that. What they’re doing is using racist couture textbooks that preach a white ideology that are used in private schools that are not subject to some Education Department regulations.
Don’t let them get away with it. Does anybody with 12 functioning brain cells think that states like Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, or Arkansas could even keep a k-12 education system running in their states without that federal funding? I don’t think so.
The road to totalitarianism begins when the government begins to rewrite history to their own choosing. The salvation here is that these seditionist GOP states aren’t the government. And the current government has the opportunity to tale steps to ensure that the far right ideology the GOP is trying to push can’t get a toehold. We know the warning signs. And we know the solution. It’s time to put the brakes on turning history into a revisionist version of this country’s heritage.