From Daffey Thoughts
By David Griffey
I've stopped following the page that monitors Catholics on Twitter because I'm more and more convinced that Twitter is of the Devil. I know there can be good people who post good things on Twitter, but the bad far outweighs the good from what I've seen.
Nonetheless, one individual I will check on is deacon and film critic Steven Greydanus, simply because I continue to watch in amazement as he has descended deeper and deeper into the shadows of the Leftwing pit. Things I know he once would have condemned, or arguments he rightly would have laughed at, are now his stock and store.
He and I used to have some pretty good discussions back in the day. While we didn't always agree, he was respectful and had little tolerance for lousy or lame arguments that were used to make a Social Media point. Of course he was also against the name calling and calumny that defines so much online discourse. That made debating things with him a pleasure, even if I never thought much of him as a film critic.
I say all of this because:
His source is a Huffington Post piece - which should raise a thousand alarms right there - about how Texas Republicans are banning the teaching of evil and good. They are literally saying schools can no longer teach the KKK is bad or mention MLK, at least according to the HP hit piece.
Which is false of course. And not just false, but head-up-a-donkey's butt idiotic lies. You would have to be some special level of partisan dumb to think that's what this or any major bill would seek to accomplish. It's nothing but the old trick of saying 'Republicans won't teach that Stalin was a bad man' while failing to mention it's because they won't promote the policies and ideologies of Hitler, who said Stalin was a bad man.
It wasn't easy to find, but if you dig a bit you can see what is happening. The Texas GOP is going after the racist based Critical Race Theory that alternately does and doesn't exist based on the moment, and is founded on the principle that going to a pre-WWII approach to sizing people up and judging them based on group identities including, but not limited to, skin color and ethnicity is the only way to go. Sane people of virtue and common sense see CRT for the evil stupidity that it is.
FWIW, here is an alternate view over at FOX. I unusually don't reference FOX for more than fluff or trivial pieces, but I had to go there in order to see almost any attempt in our propaganda ministry national press to ask the Texas Republicans their point of view. Most outlets seemed happy to take the HP's 'GOP wants to praise the KKK and Nazis' narrative as gospel truth because, well, of course they do.
Critics claim Republicans want to 'recast the KKK as the good guys.'
Journalists and politicians appeared to mislead followers regarding a recent Texas bill regarding curriculum in public schools.
On Tuesday, the liberal website Huffington Post reported on a recent Texas bill that passed the Senate on Friday. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3, related to the requirements and prohibitions of curriculum in Texas public schools.
Within their report, the Huffington Post claimed that the recent Senate bill would "eliminate a requirement that public schools teach that the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacist campaign of terror are ‘morally wrong.’"
The reading comes from the Texas House bill’s original requirement of "the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong." The revised Senate bill removed this provision from the legislation.
The Huffington Post highlighted that the "cut is among some two dozen curriculum requirements dropped from the new measure, along with studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, the works of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony’s writings about the women’s suffragist movement, and Native American history."
Various journalists and politicians took to Twitter to claim that the bill defends the KKK or bars denouncing the white supremacy group.
"When Jim Crow was first established, the process was slow, one outrage at a time. The state laws were systematically altered over a decade. I’m sure some ppl thought, "look at that, another crazy thing" and went on with their lives. DON’T REPEAT HISTORY," New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow tweeted.
Former Washington Post writer David Beard tweeted out the article along with a National Geographic piece on the Ku Klux Klan writing, "Quick kids, read this before Texas makes it illegal to teach it. ‘The KKK used secrecy, intimidation, violence, and murder to prevent formerly enslaved African-American men from voting. Black officeholders and their supporters were especially targeted.’"
Noted critical race theory proponent Ibram X. Kendi also shared the Huffington Post article commenting, "GOP Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick praised the law for *rejecting* ‘philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another.’ The law dropped requirements to read MLK, Cesar Chavez and suffragist Susan B. Anthony--and teach the KKK as ‘morally wrong.’"
Politicians were particularly vitriolic to the Texas bill. Democrat Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Ill., posted the article calling the bill "insane."
"Here's why Governor Abbott added Critical Race Theory to the special session. He doesn't want our kids to learn that White Supremacy is morally wrong. You read that right. We must trust our teachers. We must defend the truth in our classrooms. SB3 does the opposite #txlege," Democratic Texas State Representative Jarvis Johnson previously tweeted
"Greg Abbott trying to erase MLK Jr., César Chávez, and Susan B. Anthony from the Texas curriculum, and recast the KKK as the good guys. This is an assault on history and it must be stopped," former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro said.
The bill did not bar the teaching of the Ku Klux Klan nor teaching that the white supremacy group was "morally wrong." In addition, the Senate bill also required that teachers "may not require or make part of a course inculcation in the concept that: race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex." Furthermore, teachers are barred from teaching that "an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of the individual’s race or sex.
The bill also required the teaching of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964; Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution; the complexity of the historic relationship between Texas and Mexico; and the diversity of the Hispanic population in Texas.
National Review editor Rich Lowry later posted a lengthy Twitter thread dissecting what he referred to as a "completely dishonest" take on the Texas bill.
"The list was incredibly detailed and extensive, when it’s the role of the state board of education, not the legislature, to get into the weeds of the specifics of the curriculum. Besides, many of the items are *already* covered in the curriculum," he tweeted.
He went on to explain that the Texas standards for U.S. history, which have remained the same since 1877, already require a teaching of the Ku Klux Klan as well as Jim Crow laws.
"Here is the most relevant provision for our purposes: ‘(B) explain how Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan created obstacles to civil rights for minorities such as the suppression of voting;’ Lowry tweeted.
After passing the Senate under an 18-4 vote, the bill is expected to return to the House. However, the House currently lacks the quorum to vote on a bill due to the Texas Democrat fleeing the state to protest a voting reform bill.
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