Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns
US Christian conservatives drop references to slave trade and sideline Thomas Jefferson who backed church-state separation
“…We are fighting for our children’s education and our nation’s future,” Dunbar said. “In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections” . .
Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war . .
The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous “Atlantic triangular trade”, and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.
So this is Texans’ more “patriotic ideology”? It looks like lying and cowardice. It also looks like it’s sympathetic to slavery, and I have no idea how that could ever be construed as patriotic. Slavery is and was a heinous evil — why would anyone try to soft-pedal two centuries of it? How preposterous.
Nonetheless, if Texas school board members need any more help in whitewashing a history that’s already universally known, presumably because the documented truth hurts their obscene notions of patriotism, perhaps we can help. There must be plenty of ways to hide the truth about slavery.
Instead of saying the word “slave,” an unpatriotic derivation of the s-word, perhaps teachers can simply say “triangular trades-product.”
Instead of mentioning that slaves frequently ran off plantations to get away from the horrors of trades-product life, Texans might speak of the difficulties of “inventory retention.”
Instead of mentioning the practice of breaking up families by selling off children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, make an effort to call the practice “franchising.” Try as well not to mention these sales of human beings by calling auction houses “distribution centers.” And avoid mentioning the death of a slave by referring to it as “breakage.” As in: ‘I worked my trades-product to “breakage.”‘ Better.
Of course, any mention of The Emancipation Proclamation should be eclipsed by a patriotic effort to assimilate trades-product history into the oblivion known as “History: Texas Style.”
Lastly, describing the post-Abraham Lincoln era of American goodwill toward newly and freely distributed inventory will have to come to terms with “lynching.” Perhaps one might re-cast the defiant trades-product, taking particular note of it being the focus of gawking attention, as a primitive “promotional ad” for a god-fearing town. I’m sure t’would buoy the spirits of most Texans, as well as franchisees still in operation.
These humble ways of avoiding the un-American mention of American History might just be the thing to get our Conservative friends to embrace all of their past: the good, the inspiring and the awesome. It’s high time the writers of History books took into account their customers. If they won’t bend to popular will, if they’re troubled by inventing a beneficent past for ‘slavery,’ remind them there are people who provide history writers with food, and clothing. There are people who give them shelter, too. Would it be so awful to do what they ask?