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Trump administration issues racist report on school curriculum on MLK day


A commission appointed by US President Donald Trump to refute schools with a more precise history curriculum on slavery in the United States released its inflammatory report, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday.

Trump announced he was creating the commission last fall, following a slew of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. He blamed the school curriculum for the violence that resulted from some of the protests, saying “the riots and left-wing chaos are a direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.”

The commission is an apparent misinterpretation of The New York Times Project 1619, a Pulitzer Prize-winning project to teach American students about slavery. Trump, speaking last fall, called the project “toxic propaganda.”

A sitting US president usually has the power to dissolve existing presidential commissions and advisory councils, which sometimes provide reports and recommendations to the White House.

It is unclear what action President-elect Joe Biden will take with the commission once he takes office.

Trump’s presidency was marked by his racist statements and actions, including his inciting a mob, which included white supremacists, to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6 to protest Biden’s victory.

A White House statement calls the report a “decisive refutation of reckless attempts at ‘re-education’ that seek to reframe American history around the idea that the United States is not an exceptional country but an evil country. “

The report, published less than two weeks after the president’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol, calls out today’s ideological divisions similar to those experienced during the Civil War.

“Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of their country, its history and how it should be governed. This division is serious enough to recall the disagreements between the settlers and King George, and those between Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. War, ”the report says.

The report’s authors also argue that “the civil rights movement almost immediately turned to programs that ran counter to the lofty ideals of the founders,” specifically criticizing affirmative action policies.

“Today, far from a system of equal natural rights for equal citizens, enforced by equal application of the law, we have moved towards a system of explicit collective privileges which, in the name of ‘social justice’ , demands equal outcomes and explicitly sorts citizens into ‘protected classes’ based on race and other demographic categories, “the report states.” Ultimately, this regime of formal inequality would be known as ‘identity politics.’ . “

The commission is chaired by Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College. He drew criticism for his comments in 2013 when he said state officials visited the college to see if enough “blacks” were enrolled.

The report argues that identity politics are “the opposite of King’s hope that his children ‘would live in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Members of the commission also targeted feminists and the widespread use of ethnic and racial identities in American life, arguing that they were constructed by “activists.”

“A radical women’s liberation movement has reimagined America as a patriarchal system, claiming that every woman is a victim of male oppression. Black Power and black nationalist movements have reimagined America as a white supremacist regime. Meanwhile, other activists have built artificial groupings to further divide Americans by race, creating new categories like “Asian American” and “Hispanic” to teach Americans to think of themselves in terms of group identities and to bring them together. various groups to form politically coherent bodies, ”the report said.

“While not so barbaric or dehumanizing,” the report says, identity politics “creates new hierarchies as unfair as the old hierarchies in the pre-war South, poking fun at equality with a scale in constant evolution of special privileges based on racial criteria and gender identities. “

American universities, according to the report’s authors, are “hotbeds of anti-Americanism, defamation and censorship that combine to generate in students and in the culture in general at least contempt and at worst outright hatred and simple for this country “. And in a section on the school curriculum, the authors suggest that “states and school districts should reject any curriculum that promotes one-sided partisan views, militant propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean America’s heritage, dishonor our heroes or deny our principles “.

They also state that “educators must impart a sense of enlightened patriotism which endows each generation with a knowledge of America’s founding principles, a deep respect for their freedoms, and a deep love for their country.”

The commission does not have the power to implement the recommendations it made for educators.


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