“It is like writing history with Lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.” — President Woodrow Wilson after viewing The Birth of A Nation, which presented black Americans as an uncivilized class of people seeking to rape white women. Thus, society can only be saved by God’s angels, the KKK. This group used the cross to showcase its belief in the great white religion, Christianity.
There is a reason why many consider him and Andrew Jackson to be the most racist presidents in United States History. In defense of the two, America was a racist nation disguised as a Christian nation. There are a number of Americans that feel the USA should divert back to its past. They will tell you that the past was not that ugly, but that too many revisionist historians have simply rewritten the past out of the notion of multiculturalism. It is not unusual to hear folks talk about the good old days. I am sure that is correct; it just depends on your race, gender, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic makeup. The good old days is a lie manifested by those who fear pluralism. Hence, pluralism is the great enemy to those that have long controlled power. We are in the middle of a great culture war. We see it here in the “great” state of Texas (read: sarcasm here).
The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.
“We are fighting for our children’s education and our nation’s future,” Dunbar said. “In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections.”
Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting rightwing views on religion, economics and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement and the horrors of slavery.
Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war. (Link here)