Tea Party Trying To Whitewash America’s Slave History
Here's one for the "will make your brain explode" file. In Tennessee, members of the Tea Party want to change textbooks to refer to the slave trade as the “Atlantic triangular trade.” This makes as much sense as calling the Civil War "that awesome party where everyone had fun and only one guy puked."
According to an article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, "The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say 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, including those who reached positions of leadership.'"
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, a spokesperson for the Tea Party chapter there, said the group wants to address "an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another."
All those people who worked Thomas Jefferson’s plantation? Those were just his entourage. And Sally Hemmings? Just another groupie of the Second Continental congress. Or, excuse me, "band-aid."
(According to ThinkProgress, some Tea Party members have even signed a pledge that states that blacks were better off under slavery.)
The lawmakers also want to change the language in local school textbooks to say that the Constitution created a "Republic and not a Democracy." No doubt, changing the wording from Republic to Democracy will take the liberal bias out of the truth and free us from a future where we grapple with the uneasy truth that no one is perfect. Also: entitlement spending.
This conspiracy to whitewash our history isn’t motivated by some sinister Illuminati plot or some FBI cover-up. Sometimes the scariest conspiracies are motivated by good old fashioned fear of the truth.
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