Sunday, January 09, 2005

A life of plenty, of simple pleasures...

Just read an article from early December showing that right wing racism is alive and well. The short form is that a North Carolina Christian school is pursuing a curriculum on slavery that states that slavery was not as bad as we are led to believe...

Apparently, the book they are using, called "Southern Slavery, As It Was" is seen as

"a counterpoint to "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which he said portrayed all Southern whites as treating their slaves badly".
And, how does one justify using this Orwellian titled book? There are a number of rationalizations made by the authors.

"As a classical Christian school, we think it's important for our students to be able to think and not be slanted to a particular position," Stephenson said. "We want them to think for themselves."
So, apparently, we should be letting our children make up their minds about all sorts of issues of morality. Murder, for example. We shouldn't slant them to a particular position. Quick, somebody order up some pro-murder textbooks!

This point of view is further supported by one of the parents:

"They really do get both sides of the story," Kennedy said. "In public schools, all they get is one side of the story. That's not education. That's indoctrination."
So, they have to balance of Lincoln's speeches here by suggesting that slavery was ok? They claim that the students are told slavery is wrong while reading the book. They need it, however, because it's the only book out there about the Civil war that is pro-South and explore the Biblical view. And don't even get me started on the 'indoctrination' bit. Or are we supposed to believe that there is no indoctrination at religious school Christian, Jewish, or otherwise.

From the excerpts I read, it's an interesting view point. Interesting in that it seems to be based more on delusional fantasy than history. After all, how many historians do you think you could get to support the following statement:

"Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character, it was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence."
So, now you know the truth. The slaves loved their masters. I guess we can conclude that the plight of the minorities in this country is a direct result of Abe Lincoln's meddling and not racist whites after all.