The Miseducation of America’s Elites

Affluent parents, terrified of running afoul of the new orthodoxy in their children’s private schools, organize in secret.

Weiss details how disillusioned parents are ‘getting together to strategize how best to deal with schools that implement heavy-handed diversity programs. One parent tells Weiss, ‘They are making my son feel like a racist because of the pigmentation of his skin’.

It’s the fear of social shaming. “If you publish my name, it would ruin my life. People would attack me for even questioning this ideology. I don’t even want people knowing I’m a capitalist.”

Read the full article at: www.city-journal.org

March 9, 2021

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Biden Administration Set to Push Critical Race Theory on U.S. Schools

The woke revolution in the classroom is about to go federal. In an early but revelatory move, President Biden’s Department of Education has signaled its intent to impose the most radical forms of Critical Race Theory on America’s schools, very much including the 1619 Project and the so-called anti-racism of Ibram X. Kendi. (Kendi’s “anti-racism” — which advocates a massive and indefinite expansion of reverse discrimination — is more like neo-racism.) Biden is obviously co-opting conservatives’ interest in reviving traditional U.S. history and civics to deliver its perfect opposite — federal imposition of the very ideas conservatives aim to combat.

So the Feds are going to push CRT in schools now.  Taking advice from the likes of Ibram X. Kendi.  He is the guy who said, “Institutional racism” and “structural racism” and “systemic racism” are redundant. Racism itself is institutional, structural, and systemic.”  

This is complete rubbish. He acts like he is still in chains and America is only white people. America fought a Civil War over slavery (620,000 casualties), which brought Emancipation and the 14th and 15th Amendments. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation and created the EEOC.  The act gave federal law enforcement agencies the authority to stop racial discrimination in hiring, voting, and the use of public facilities.  So to hear these “intellectuals” talking nonstop about “systemic” racism and discrimination, and pushing their lies about history, and saying racism is a health crisis, and global warming is racist, and white supremacy is everywhere.  Systemic, justice, equity – words used nonstop in today’s society.  I could go on and on and on.  I think I will let Thomas Sowell lay down some truth about slavery instead:

Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century. People of every race and color were enslaved – and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed.

Everyone hated the idea of being a slave but few had any qualms about enslaving others. Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century – and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other American leaders. You could research all of the 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there. But who is singled out for scathing criticism today? American leaders of the 18th century.

Deciding that slavery was wrong was much easier than deciding what to do with millions of people from another continent, of another race, and without any historical preparation for living as free citizens in a society like that of the United States, where they were 20 percent of the population.

It is clear from the private correspondence of Washington, Jefferson, and many others that their moral rejection of slavery was unambiguous, but the practical question of what to do now had them baffled. That would remain so for more than half a century.

In 1862, a ship carrying slaves from Africa to Cuba, in violation of a ban on the international slave trade, was captured on the high seas by the U.S. Navy. The crew were imprisoned and the captain was hanged in the United States – despite the fact that slavery itself was still legal at the time in Africa, Cuba, and in the United States. What does this tell us? That enslaving people was considered an abomination. But what to do with millions of people who were already enslaved was not equally clear.

That question was finally answered by a war in which one life was lost [620,000 Civil War casualties] for every six people freed [3.9 million]. Maybe that was the only answer. But don’t pretend today that it was an easy answer – or that those who grappled with the dilemma in the 18th century were some special villains when most leaders and most people around the world saw nothing wrong with slavery.

There are an estimated 27 million men, women, and children in the world who are enslaved — physically confined or restrained and forced to work, or controlled through violence, or in some way treated as property.

Therefore, there are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade [11 million total, and about 450,000, or about 4% of the total, who were brought to the United States]. The modern commerce in humans rivals illegal drug trafficking in its global reach—and in the destruction of lives.

– Thomas Sowell, 2003 (https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/thomas-sowell-on-slavery-and-this-fact-there-are-more-slaves-today-than-were-seized-from-africa-in-four-centuries/)

When will the dangerous rhetoric end?  America has paid their debt to black people.  Can’t we all just get along?

Read the full article at: www.nationalreview.com

NASA to Provide Safe Space – for Outer Space

Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames.

Source: www.nasa.gov

The campaign to eradicate history continues

In the name of social justice, “Woke” culture has extended to outer space. NASA now says planets, constellations, and other celestial bodies will no longer be allowed to have “offensive” nicknames.  You can’t make this stuff up.

As Orwell said:

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”George Orwell, “1984”

All of this adds up to allow history to repeat itself eventually.

 

Reminds me of a discussion Bill Maher had with Jordan Peterson back in 2018: