Just when we thought we’d seen the stupidest thing we would ever see from the modern racial justice movement, Illinois State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford went and proved us wrong. The Chicago Democrat called a press conference on Sunday to demand that the Illinois Board of Education “abolish history classes in Illinois schools.” According to Ford, he’s making the demand because “current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society.”
Yes, please save us from the “racist society” that not only elected a black president but continues to elect black local leaders like Ford on a regular basis.
“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.”
Ford was joined at his press conference by Melieka Gardner of the We Will group, who also called on the Board of Education to cancel history.
“The miseducation of our children must stop,” Gardner said. “It is urgent that it comes to an end as we witness our current climate become more hostile. Miseducation has fed and continues to feed systemic racism for generations. If Black History continues to be devalued and taught incorrectly, then it will call for further action.”
Who, exactly, is making our “current climate more hostile”? Our nation’s history teachers who are explaining America’s past to students…or people like you two who want to replace that history with some kind of 1619 Project-esque re-evaluation of this country’s founding? Will teaching our kids that America is a racist, oppressive nation improve the “current climate” or worsen it? We would love to hear your argument for the former.
You really have to wonder what a movement that is pushing to erase history, abolish police, and get rid of the borders actually wants to accomplish. Protect black lives?
Or something just a tad more nefarious?