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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.
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By simply posting on her Facebook account the all-encompassing message that all lives matter, Student Government Vice-President Rohini Sethi of the University of Houston has found herself literally punished by the very same student government she serves. Continue reading College student punished for stating ‘All Lives Matter’
Nothing infuriates an oh-so politically correct Social Justice Warrior more than being hoisted upon their own petard. Case in point would be the hissy fit currently being pitched by the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Graduate Students Association (GSA) in regards to the university’s fledgling White Student Union (WSU), as reported by Peter Fricke of the Campus Reform news portal. Continue reading Campus crybabies demand investigation of UCSB White Student Union
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As every Star Trek fan will tell you, The starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) has gone up against the likes of the Klingons; the Romulans; the Ferengi; the Cardassians; William Shatner’s spoken word version of Rocket Man, just to name a few (The Shat-Man’s performance can be painFootball phallic formation’s faux-fellatio results in fine for forlorn facultyfully viewed here).
But between the likes of the hard turtle shell-headed Klingons, and über-sexy green-skinned dancing girls tempting the never too choosy Captain Kirk, Trekkies and Trekkers finally put aside their East Coast – West Coast-esque feud to agree that Scotty’s baby has never had to arm photon torpedoes against a giant Jayhawk, Kansas or otherwise.
The question starting to be asked is if something popularly known as micro-aggression is now legitimizing thin-skinned and perpetually offended individuals to cry foul at every imagined slight. In a nutshell, proponent of the micro-aggression theory believe that without even realizing it, certain thoughts, words, and deeds are evidence of someone’s inner bigot. However, critics of such claim that any given individual or group with a grievance can find an insult in even the most innocuous statement said to them or even in their mere presence.
Never one to be confused as a foaming-at-the-mouth right winger (such as myself) author and professional student DaShanne Stokes once correctly stated, “People often call fighting discrimination being ‘PC’ because they don’t want their own unearned privileges challenged.” Or as the late and great Major Gene Duncan, USMC of Fiction and Fact From Dunk’s Almanac Old-fashioned Observations for the Modern Military Leader fame once penned, “All this tact and diplomacy has made liars of us all.”
“Relax, it’s fried chicken. You can say it.”
What food is described as a perennial favorite that transcends all ages, regions, and ethnicities? That’s right, the All-American comfort food that is fried chicken. And as reported by the New York Daily News on Oct. 28, 2014, the deletion of the delicious deep-fried fine feathered friends from the daily caloric intake of MSNBC’s Al Sharpton is one of the prime reasons he’s dropped a staggering 175 pounds. But in an article within an article, the right-of-center The Daily Caller news portal called out the Daily News on the very same day for what they perceive as an overt case of hyper-sensitivity and political correctness run amok.
“Excessive political correctness …”
Even the most casual news watcher by now knows of the Secret Service detail assigned to the White House dropping the proverbial ball when an unauthorized individual jumped the fence, ran the length of a football field, overpowered a female Secret Service at the main entrance to the White House, then essentially wandered at will throughout the halls of the Executive Mansion until certain Secret Service personnel with a modicum of both professionalism and presence of mind to take the knife-wielding Omar Gonzalez into custody. Reportedly, Gonzales also had more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car.
“Simple solutions for the Marine Corps half-stepping and foot dragging…”
The United States Marine Corps has always lived up to its unofficial motto of First to Fight, yet recent events coming from America’s 911 emergency response force leaves questions and doubts as to just how dedicated the Marine Corps is towards achieving the goals of social engineering, gender equality and political correctness.
Background Symptoms of Gender Inequality…
As recently brought to the attention of the non-active or reservist duty population of the United States (99.6% of the country), the Corps has decided to at least temporarily shelve its decision to move the gender-different physical fitness requirements closer to partial parity.
Attention Dhimmi shoppers…
In spite of no one in the mainstream media bright enough to recognize the undeniable similarities, our British cousins are embroiled in their own version of the Duck Dynasty vs. A+E controversy we’re dealing with here in the Colonies.
As sort-of reported on by The Daily Mail (of London, England) on Dec 22, 2013, the common-folk in Great Britain have let a certain hoity toity chain store know that they can do the exact same thing everyday people plan on doing with their Christmas turkeys – Marks & Spencer can stuff it.
NEWS FLASH!! Grass is green, the sky is blue, Phil Robertson is a conservative Christian.
By now, liberals, independents and conservatives have all heard about Phil Robertson’s GQ Magazine interview.
No pun intended, but suffice it to say… feathers have been ruffled.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a thumbnail of what’s going on: the big daddy of the über-popular reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” stated during an interview that he considered the homosexual act not only sexually undesirable, but sinful.
Before I go any further, I must warn you, gentle reader, if you consider certain medical words to be offensive, I kindly ask you to stop reading.