The murder rate in Chicago is out of controi and growing worse. Government corruption is rampant, state-funded pension funds are bankrupt, and the state’s finances are in the toilet. Oh, and then there’s the Coronavirus. So what does State Representative LaShawn Ford do? Kemberlee Kaye at Legal Insurrection explains:
State Rep. LaShawn Ford called on the Illinois State Board of Education to require schools to stop teaching history classes until a ‘suitable alternative is developed,’ because of course the current curriculum, ‘leads to white privilege and a racist society.’
From Rep. Ford’s press release:
Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools
Concerned that current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, will join local leaders today at noon at the Robert Crown Center in Evanston to call on the state to stop its current history teaching practices until appropriate alternatives are developed.
‘When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans’” Ford said. ‘I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history. Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved. I’m also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.’
Attendees at Sunday’s press conference will discuss how current history teaching practices overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups. These individuals are pushing for an immediate change in history changing practice starting this school year.
Uh-huh. And how many “Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups” were present at the Constitutional Convention? None? How then might their “contributions” be overlooked by the current curriculum, which accurately relates history by talking about who was present and what they said and did? Things aren’t nearly screwed up enough in education, and Ford wants to make it worse.
This is yet another tedious attempt to rewrite actual history to conform to contemporary D/S/C social justice narratives. People like Ford think riots allowed to burn by feckless D/S/C politicians have magically given them new power, so it’s time, in the best tradition of every totalitarian dictatorship that has ever existed, to erase history and write their own–daily, as political needs change.
Ford’s demands are not an attempt to bring to light previously undiscovered or suppressed accomplishments, but an attempt to rewrite history entirely. When we do this, we lose our way. We no longer have a history as a people, a nation. Our culture is whatever the most venal politicians say it is at the moment. When we try to make history conform to contemporary political whims, when we ignore history, we are surely doomed to repeat it, first as tragedy and then as farce.
That black Americans were not in a position to contribute greatly to early American history does not mean contemporary history teachers that present the facts of history rather than a D/S/C narrative are racist. Nor is their honest teaching of actual history a legacy of slavery or racism. And how does being “LGBTQ”—a concept and acronym utterly unknown until recently—make any contribution of a gay or lesbian early American noteworthy not for the significance of that accomplishment, but because of their sexual orientation, an orientation that would have been essentially unknown to others at the time? Does the discovery of a life-saving drug by a trans person count as more significant, more worthy of the remembrance of history than a similar discovery by someone of less unbalanced preferences?
If there are so many significant, history-making contributions by the “communities” and groups cited by Ford, could the curriculum not be improved by their inclusion rather than by the wholesale abandonment of the curriculum?
Who will write this new, state approved curriculum? Surely not actual historians, who would presumably demand actual history, not a social justice revision, be taught. Do we remember the deeds of George Washington because he was white and hetrosexual? Why then should we remember the deeds of anyone else because they were gay, black, or female? Let their accomplishments stand on their own.
At a time when teachers are losing, more than ever before, their most precious commodity—class time—we can scarcely afford to throw out the professional, valid curriculum in any discipline by replacing it with identity politics propaganda. Sadly, Rep. Ford will almost certainly be rewarded with another term for his lunatic demands. That’s the way politics are played in Illinois, which is why the state is in such dire straits.
One can only hope this bizarre episode will one day serve as a historical footnote, one of the unfathomable, failed attempts to destroy society during the crazy days of 2020. Sadly, it may succeed, and if so, Rep. Ford will be forever lauded as a Black visionary, a man who transformed America. Of course, it won’t be America anymore…