Most people might think this is a joke but, sadly, it’s not. The Tennessee Tea Party is making a push to further edit our history in order to prevent teaching schoolchildren about subjects that the Tea Party feels puts a bad light on America’s founding fathers. This means sweeping changes to how slavery at the time of the founding of our country was handled and addressed by those who organized our democracy.
The group called for textbook selection criteria to include: “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.” That’s right. If your minority experience would reflect negatively on John Adams or George Washington, it should not be shared with our children. Today’s student apparently only needs to know that our white founding fathers were good Christians who never made a lapse in judgement… You know… Like Jesus.
And for those who think this sounds familiar, it certainly should. The same group is behind the 2011 Texas schoolbook whitewashing.
Call me unpatriotic but if your love for your country is only based on viewing Thomas Jefferson as a demi-god and that he is without fault or sin, then you have moved into religion and way out of the bounds of patriotism. Our founding fathers were humans that made mistakes and hiding those mistakes from future generations only opens up the possibility of repeating those mistakes tomorrow.
To read more about it on the Huff, click here.
There is only one reason that you would want to purposefully alter the negative racial history of your forefathers… You guessed it… Tea Party Republicans are racists.