Saturday Reading

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When the term “genocide” is uttered in mainstream school environments, it usually refers to the Jewish Holocaust, or to other genocides committed in the 20th century: Turkey, Stalin’s Russia, Nanking, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina. But in many US classrooms, the United States is left out of the list of countries where genocide has occurred. And so, when the College Board decided in 2012 (1) that high school students taking Advanced Placement US history should learn about the American Indian genocide – and other events in our history that do not support the notion that ours is a country where peace, justice and the so-called “American way” have always prevailed – the uproar could be heard from Texas to Georgia, and Colorado to North Carolina.

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution in August 2014 asking for a congressional investigation into the AP US history framework and exam, stating, “The Framework [curriculum of what students should learn in AP US history courses] presents a biased and inaccurate view of many important events in American history, including the motivations and actions of 17th – 19th century settlers.”

State legislators have joined state and county school boards in condemning the exam for talking about the American Indian genocide and for not talking enough about military actions, American exceptionalism and manifest destiny. (2, see a sample question below) They join the ranks of a Florida state senator who introduced legislation that would mandate the showing of Dinesh D’Souza’s “documentary” America: Imagine the World Without Her in public school classrooms. In that film, D’Souza maintains that the American Indian genocide never occurred because most of the indigenous peoples of the Americas died from diseases introduced by Europeans to which they had no immunity.

Tanya H. Lee @ TRUTHOUT

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22 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. jimhitchcock says:

    Here, Dinesh, have this nice smallpox infected blanket.

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  2. Den says:

    How nice!

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Yup.

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  4. jimhitchcock says:

    Water Song, by Hot Tuna:

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=4eizk0MSJLU

    Sorry it has to be pasted manually, but I think Doc will love it

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  5. jimhitchcock says:

    Den, considering buying this based on you rec. Will use it with a 49 inch Sony flat screen:

    VIZIO S3851w-D4 38″

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Nuevo Vallerta for lunch before the first of three trips to the grocery store. Everything ran out at once and there is a limit to the amount I can carry.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Yes Jim, that is so. 😐

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    The Mimn and the other relatively lolifes in the house to the west are making a mockery of Easter. Ah well at least they are honest and sometimes helpful.

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  9. º¿carol says:

    It’s been a longggg day. Doing w/o a toilet is really tough work. The sink isn’t installed yet, but all tile is in and just needs to be grouted.

    Every precaution was taken but there is still an inch of dust in the living room. I vacuumed tonight, but I’ll dust in the morning so the Easter Bunny can hide the eggs.

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  10. Den says:

    A long day, bought a pickup to fixup, 125 miles south in Merced, 78 GMC Heavy Half, Short Box with a 454 and TH400, runs sweet, needs paint refresh and tires and wheels.
    Time to crash, no counting of any kind required.

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