Tennessee Tea Party to Children: What Slaves?

by
Abby Zimet

Showing a marked aversity for anything remotely resembling the truth, Tennessee Tea Party leaders have issued "demands" to state legislators that schools stop teaching - through "neglect and outright ill-will" - all that bad stuff about our fine Founding Fathers like the "made-up criticism" that maybe they owned slaves or killed Indians or did other icky things, and that, “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens.” This, after Texas approved 100 revisions to textbooks for its almost five million kids that would rename slave trade "Atlantic triangular trade," explore the "unintended consequences" of affirmative action," emphasize the role of the Christian Chuch in the nation's founding, call for studying iconic conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and The Moral Majority, and otherwise twist "history" to their liking.

"We seek to compel the teaching (of) the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”

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