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Not only is the re-writing of history moving forward full steam ahead, the PC Gestapo conditioning of the nation’s children at government-run schools are squashing anyone who’s heterodox teaching methods rock the status quo boat.
As noted by The American Thinker’s Steve Byas, an instructor of history and government at Randall University, in Moore, Oklahoma, 70-year-old US History teacher Woody Hart of Rancho Cordova was forced to submit his request for retirement by the School Board.
The catalyst for Hart’s forced retirement? Displaying an 1865 period US flag as well as the Confederate Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia in his class.
Not that 1865 Union and Confederate flags usually fly in Mr. Hart’s classroom, he just so happened to be teaching his students of the Recent Unpleasantness.
As (partially) reported by Byas; (Emphasis mine)
“He’s personally my favorite teacher in the whole school,” Ana Kneisely told CBS Sacramento, in reference to a middle school American History teacher, Woody Hart, in Rancho Cordova, California, who was forced to retire by the Board of Education.
Hart, a 70-year-old teacher at Suttle Middle School of the Folsom Cordova United School District, was ousted after using a Confederate battle flag, along with a period United States flag, as part of a lesson on the U.S. Civil War. The school’s superintendent, Deborah Bettencourt, released a statement late last week that the board of education had “accepted this Sutter Middle School teacher’s retirement … and he will not be returning to school this year.”
In an interview with the local CBS affiliate, KCRA, Ana Kneisely, one of Hart’s students, explained what had happened. “We just came in and we saw the Union Flag on one side of the room and the Confederate Flag on the other side of the room.”
Apparently, this was typical of the way Hart taught. “I actually very much appreciated the way he taught history,” Kneisely said. “I felt that we were getting more involved than what our other classes did.”
For example, Hart used the two flags of the opposing sides in the Civil War to create interest. The two hanging flags were part of Hart’s lesson, as students were members of one of the two armies.
Kneisely added that she did not understand why Hart’s display of the flag of one of the two sides involved in the war was controversial, considering that the flags, including the Confederate flag, are also used in the textbook for the same purpose.
Back in November, a black family filed a complaint against Hart for his remarks, in which he explained the unfair way blacks were treated during segregation. Hart told his students that, at one time, some Southerners responded to calls for “black equality” with disdain, saying terrible things such as, “We treat all black people equally. We hang them all.”
The Sacramento chapter of a group calling itself Showing Up for Racial Justice also weighed in, demanding a public apology from Hart.
Apparently, Hart was only relating historical incidents in which people went to the South during those days to promote better treatment and equal rights for blacks, only to be told that they do treat blacks equally — they hang them if they are in-state African-Americans, and they hang them if they are visiting African-Americans. Hart was simply telling the students how terribly blacks were far-too-often treated during that time.
And, with the Confederate battle flag, Hart was teaching his class accurate history as to the use of the flag — in battles during the Civil War.
But the school district argued that it did not really matter how the flag was used during the Civil War; it should not be seen by students today. “We recognize that regardless of context, to many of our students, families, and staff, the Confederate flag is a racist symbol of hate. Although this matter is under investigation, it is important to reiterate: Any employee who is found to engage in behavior that creates an unsafe environment for students will face full consequences, including the possibility of initiating termination proceedings.”
Bettencourt, the superintendent, said that the district’s action did not mean that they were attempting to “limit the free speech of our teachers.” Then, in an Orwellian addition, she stated that she expects “teachers and staff will do this work using culturally appropriate strategies.”
The district statement added, “It is our schools’ responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for all children.”
It is not clear how the display of a flag, which was actually used in many battles during the American Civil War, creates an unsafe learning environment for children. And, exactly what is meant by “culturally appropriate strategies?”
The obvious meaning is that certain events and symbols in history are to be censored — or as George Orwell described it in his classic dystopian novel 1984, some things should be disposed of in the “memory hole.”
Among those things that should be relegated to the “memory hole,” and not even shown to students (because it apparently would make them “unsafe”), is a Confederate battle flag. Since the murders inside a church in South Carolina, in which the killer posted photographs of himself on Facebook along with the flag, there has been an intense offensive against any public display of the historical flag.
The action by this school district raises the question of whether we are to censor history and eliminate certain events and symbols from our collective memory. True historians convey history as it was — the good, the bad, and the ugly — because to do otherwise is simply telling a lie. The very reason we study history is to learn lessons from the collective memory of the human race, both the living and the dead. If certain things are to be excluded from that collective memory, we have crippled ourselves from using the study of history in its proper way.
Today, it is the Confederate battle flag which is to be blotted out from the historical record, because its detractors argue it has been used by racists such as the KKK. Actually, if one examines photographs of Klan rallies, more United States flags are used than Confederate battle flags.
And what are we to do with the Klan practice of burning a cross on someone’s lawn? Should the Christian cross be consigned to oblivion, as well? One suspects there are many who would like to do so, using whatever excuse that they can.
In a prime example of the Establishment Media flat-out pushing fake news, the Sacramento CBS affiliate put their own spin on the faux-controversy;
This is the second time Hart is facing racially charged allegations stemming from a classroom lesson. In November, parents of a teen filed a complaint after they say Hart made remarks during a lesson about equality, saying if you were to hang one black person, you would have to hang all black people.
The parents took exception to the remarks, in part, because their son was the only black student in the classroom.
Amazing letter sent from a self-proclaimed liberal to journalist Ron Dreher of The American Conservative. Continue reading ‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’
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Going by the nom de prostituée of Celeste Guap of Richmond, California has found herself at the center of a massive police criminal investigation. Not so much because she’d had sexual relations with dozens of LEOs (law enforcement officials), but much like their zippers, they couldn’t keep their mouths shut.
As reported by Dan Noyes of KGO-ABC of San Francisco, CA on June 27, 2016, and also by the staff of the Breitbart.com news portal on June 28, 2016, Guap is at the center of seven different Internal Affairs (IA) investigations involving various police departments, sheriff’s offices, and at least one federal agency. The comely 18-years-old plainly admits she’s engaged in sexual relations with more than 30 LEOs, but that’s not the main reason the IA boys are looking into her horizontal activities.
While Guap claims to have bedded – or in some cases, back seated – dozens of the San Francisco Bay Area’s boys in blue, what has investigators curious is that among other things, tongues are wagging. Despite Guap stating she only charged three of the police officers for her sexual favors, she did mention other “perks” that have no set monetary value.
As Guap admitted to KGO reporter Dan Noyes, “‘Their perks become your perks, you know.’ Celeste showed me texts in which officers appear to tip her off to police operations. One exchange from this past March with a cop she nicknamed ‘Superman’ reads, ‘Want some advice?’ Celeste answered, ‘Tell me handsome.’ The response was, ‘Stay off E14 from Fruitvale to 42 tonight. There’s a uc (or undercover) operation.’ Celeste also tells me on at least 10 occasions, officers provided police reports or inside information on criminal cases for her and her friends.”
While not yet substantiated, Guap claims she initially started having sex specifically with cops at the age of 16. Which happens to be well under the Golden State’s 18-years-old age of consent law.
While all seven of the identified law enforcement agencies have launched investigations, only the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has cleared the four deputies who’ve engaged in sex with the self-professed prostitute. It was eventually determined that the sexual relations were not only consensual, but there was never an exchange money, as well as she was 18 at the time.
So far, the LEOs and number of officials involved are as follows:
- 16 officers from the Oakland Police Department
- 6 Richmond police officers
- 4 Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies
- 3 San Francisco officers
- 1 Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy
- 1 Livermore officer
- 1 police officer from the U.S. Armed Force’s Logistics Agency
A rain delay for the San Diego Padres is as rare as, well … rain in California. After a five year drought that has been a financial disaster to hundreds of thousands employed in many of the Golden State’s agricultural businesses, California has thankfully received measurable precipitation as reported by the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 31, 2014.
In a convoluted tale of a federal government that appears to ignores its own immigration laws, a twice deported illegal alien with multiple identities, and one citizen who refused to surrender, California’s capital city is looking more like the Wild Wild West, and less like the seat of government. As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal and also the Associated Press news agency via CBS News Sacramento, both on Oct. 26, 2014, two Sacramento, California sheriff’s deputies are dead, another wounded, while another civilian was shot twice for refusing to surrender his car during a brazen daytime carjacking.
In the wake of the report of a governmentally labeled “environmentally friendly” solar power farm actually scorching birds in mid-flight, the right-of-center news portal HotAir.com is reporting that the severe drought hammering California’s agricultural powerhouse Central Valley was actually brought on by environmental activists in their quest to save a bait-fish, on Feb. 15, 2014.
As the planet Earth experiences normal highs and lows in the rhythm of the climate, extra-heavy and extra-dry seasons are nothing out of the ordinary to California’s multi-billion dollar agricultural industry.