A Florida textbook publisher removed all references to Rosa Parks’ race in a lesson about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in order to comply with new state laws that ban critical race theory.
Remember that we are talking “The Free State Of Florida” here …. a state now governed by Ron Disantis whom some are affectionately nick-naming, “Disatanist” because of what they view as his pushy dictatorial attitudes about governing.
Remember also that this same Disantis may also run for president of The United States in 2024 and he may already have enough support in the Trump camp to actually win the Oval Office. The Media is saying that Disantis is a real up-and-comer in the Republican Party and that many former Trump acolytes are switching brands and going with Disantis this time around.
And it seems to me like he wants to change the History that children will be taught in Florida schools — History that will make no mention of ethnicity, skin color or racism — History that will completely eliminate any mention of slavery at all — a little bit of mind control if you want my personal opinion. I call this approach “Reverse Propaganda.”
The New York Times reports that Studies Weekly changed the language on Rosa Parks in a science and social studies-focused textbook used in 45,000 Florida schools. In a second version, the text no longer mentions her race or the bus boycott — and I do not know because I have not read the book, but I am surmising that it will not mention the reasons for the bus boycott either. I think Disantis is trying to sanitize History with this effort. I cannot help but wonder why.
As you might have already guessed, Ron DeSantis is the president of Studies Weekly and it is reported that he has said that he did not want the lesson to mention color or racism.
I am trying to wrap my head around what a history lesson about Rosa parks without mention of color or racism would look like or sound like.
DeSantis has allegedly told somebody that he does not want the story to make students feel guilty or resentful for the racial treatment of Rosa Parks or other people of color in the past.
Often, students are taught the story of Rosa Parks as an old and tired woman who was sick and tired of being treated in a racist way. But that is not true!
The Rosa Parks story is much more complex.
One of the things that many teachers try to teach students is that she was very active in her community before the bus boycott began. She was a churchgoer, she was well-educated and she was widely liked. She was very respected, and that’s really what made her the perfect person for this protest because she was not just a passive, unthinking person.
Is Disantis Trying To Erase Memories Of Jim Crow?
Check this out —
“For example, new school lessons about Rosa Parks remove references to the Jim Crow laws that required segregation and even to the fact that Rosa Parks was told to move to the back of the bus because of her race. These changes minimize the role of systemic racism and segregation, instead making it sound like isolated bad actions.”https://www.teenvogue.com/story/black-history-florida-ron-desantis
I report, you decide.
Let me know what you think. Leave me a comment.
6 thoughts on “Disantis Orders History Book Change To Remove Race In Rosa Parks Lessons”
Once they start to completely re-write history, they have won. There is no going back from that, so he must be stopped before he can continue to change reality.
Best wishes, Pete.
All history the good, the bad and the ugly needs to be taught….if he wins this then it is only the beginning of whitewashing US history. chuq
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I read an article years ago that talked about how Texas has been re-writing History for at least a decade …so this is not the beginning…this cancer has been eating at the soul of America for a long time now.
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Mississippi has been doing it longer I believe….but I get your point. chuq
You are right, grouchyfarmer, and the nightmare that we must all face is that there are enough people who have been brainwashed by the crazy right-wing lunatics in Washington and elsewhere that we could see the day in America when their perverse alternate universe could become reality for all the rest of us… and it seems to me like very few people (If any) believe that or are aware of it or are concerned about it.
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I’m trying to wrap my head around it too. DeSantis and those like him are trying to systematically erase anything in our history that makes them or their imaginary version of history look bad. They are trying to legitimize their their racism, homophobia and religious prejudices by rewriting the history books to sanitize them of anything that contradicts their John Wayne fantasy world.
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