Common Core educational standards already mandate that leftist propaganda be included in virtually any public school lesson taught. Such activism is apparently not enough for Democrat California Assemblyman Chris Holden, though.
A recent bill he sponsored – which passed the Assembly and is now headed for the state Senate – would force high school history teachers to lavish additional praise on Barack Obama due to the supposed racial significance of his election.
The fact that millions of Americans voted for a half-white candidate, he maintains, “should not be a mere footnote within textbooks,” concluding teachers should “focus on the significance of Americans overcoming our nation’s past and acknowledging that Americans are moving in the right direction.”
In one respect, some conservatives might see this as a promising development. At least Holden admits Americans are by and large not a racist people – something race-obsessed activists like Al Sharpton would never concede. On the other hand, however, the bill would require that special attention be paid to Obama strictly based on his skin color, which in itself strikes many as a racial prejudice.
According to his bill, the 2008 election represented a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States,” alleging many of the nation’s prior elections were marred by threats of violence against black voters.
That election, however, turned the tables completely as Black Panthers reportedly used the same tactic against whites.
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The bill would also tout Obama’s involvement in the Chicago political machine during his time as a community organizer.
While a local CBS affiliate reported the details of the bill, the online comments section offered a glimpse into the public’s reaction.
“You have to ask WHY would a state legislature pass a LAW mandating the teaching about someone’s race rather than their conduct?” one commenter asked. “I teach my kids that race is irrelevant when judging someone. Isn’t the CA legislature being racist? Who are they pandering to now for votes??”
Another poster predicted “the significance of Obama’s presidency is that the last black man has been elected president.”
Several suggested that a lesson in his dangerous ideology would be more appropriate than a study of his melanin content. Others pointed out that focusing on a politician’s race is the opposite of embracing a color-blind society.
“If we, as a nation, were truly progressing beyond racism then, the race of a person would be the most insignificant aspect of any individual no matter what societal position that person experiences,” one commenter wrote. “It would not even rise to the significance of a mere footnote within textbooks.”
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