Tennessee Tea Party Wants Slavery Removed From School Textbooks To Make Founding Fathers Look Good

Author: January 22, 2012 5:33 pm

As if the Tea Party hasn’t butchered American history enough since their creation, the Tea Party in Tennessee is demanding the immediate removal of any mention of slavery as it applies to the Founding Fathers because they want schools clean up their image and teach students “the truth about America.” Tennessee now wants to join Texas in changing American history as it is presented in textbooks and how it is taught by teachers in school.

Multiple Tea Party members, including lead spokesman Hal Rounds, say they want the state legislature to force teachers to teach history in the way they see it. In other words, they want to re-write history to exclude the fact that the Founding Fathers owned slaves, because according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

The group wants to change textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” It’s a fancy way of saying let’s take the role of minorities out of our American history textbooks so our past leaders will look good.

The Tea Party wants to whitewash American history as if the Founding Fathers were perfect in everything they ever did, which simply isn’t true. The Founding Fathers were great men but they had flaws. They owned slaves, they allowed slavery to be legal and yes, they did that despite hypocritically writing that all men are created equal. They also took part in the removal of Native Americans from their homelands, an action that resulted in the deaths of thousands. This information is well documented and acknowledged by professional historians and should not be censored. Students have the right to learn the entire truth about our history and not just the parts that conservatives want them to learn. Hiding knowledge is tantamount to lying and that’s what the Tea Party wants our teachers to do.


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  • DJMargieMarge

    This has gone on too long…the founding fathers were doing the best with what they had at the time. Sure they did not have it right, because all men at that time were not created equal. this is a stolen country and it was built on the backs of crooks. crooks were what mainly came from England. check the history books and now Tennesseans want to rewrite history to favor their agenda. I think not.

  • How dare they want to change the truth, When England came over to try to take America over they brought with them arrogant ways, including slavery. Is it any wonder why countries fought not be under English rule. Ireland, Scotlans, Whales. In order to call yourself an American, You have to be in part Native American Indian. And look at what those arrogant bastards did. When the Irish came over by the 1000’s a week, they were sent to fight a war when they arrived. The King James version of the Bible is proof of that. IT was to cause fear in those that did not believe. In the New England states of America, it is proof right there the mentality they brought to this country. Look at thier state laws. The leaders or our fathers of that time are no different than the leaders of today. Thier will always be racism until our future children are taught the truth, and respect for another human being. Thier will always be differences in this country. And we must teach our children to respect those differences.

  • The thing that worries me about this form of revision is that it reeks of the way in which some European history is taught – the most obvious example, the denial of the existence of a holocaust in Nazi Germany. People often say that we learn from our history. Unfortunately, the history is often written by the victors in minor squabbles, who are determined to prove their own worth. For this reason, it is necessary to look at several different “versions” of history, and denying students the right to access those alternatives is to deny them the right to view the whole picture. One of the major propagators of bigotry is ignorance, and people should know how the Founding Fathers justified their belief that “All men are created equal” whilst still upholding slavery. Easy, just declare that slaves are not “men” under the Declaration’s definition… but how to you show that if you’re not allowed to teach it?

  • Let’s add the fact that US is not a Christian nation and many of the founding fathers were not religious nuts to these books. I wonder if they would support that.

  • It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the opinions of a group are assumed to be the opinion of all people from the South. I’m from the South and now live in Boston… And while I understand history and what happened… It does NOT mean that because I am from the South I am an ignorant racist redneck. I don’t have any interest in rewriting history. However, by assuming all Southern people feel this way is as judgemental a these idiots who want to change history. One of the great joys of the United States is our right to have an opinion. One of the pains of the US is making sure crazy people don’t make the wrong decisions for us all. Not all Christians are awful because some make stupid decisions.. And not all Southerners traffic in small minded values.

  • The Tea Party folks are nothing like the ‘Founders’ they idolize. The Founders were the elite of their time. They were highly educated progressives, students of the classic liberalism of the (secular) Enlightenment. Not dogmatic authoritarians looking backwards for leadership. They were the opposite of these anti-intellectual, anti-science religious fundamentalists. Further, they would be appaalled at the very concept of ‘strict’ interpretation of the Constitution. They knew it was only a framework for governing, not some sacred edict handed down from on high. They were adults.

  • Un-freaking-believable.

  • “We want our country back.” ~ Tea Party Member to Fox News interviewer

    What the tea party wants is to return to a time when white people enjoyed an undeserved privilege over just about everyone else. They want a country back that allowed them to believe that they are the only ones who matter. It was a hideous time for our country. In some ways, those days are not really over. White privilege still exists. Opportunities in the USA are still not equal. By rewriting history in this way, these tea party members are able to keep up an illusion of superiority. Our Founding Fathers were fallible human beings just like we are. They were doing the best they could according to their understanding of things at the time. Their concept of liberty for all was sincere and meaningful. Because of their hard work in preparing and ratifying the US Constitution, we are enjoying a freedom that is the envy of the world. The patriots in the USA are the people who stand up for everyone’s right to live their lives according to the way they see fit. The (dare I say un-American) activities that harm others and attempt to deny liberty and freedom to some of the people in this country defy the very founding of this nation created by imperfect but extremely farsighted men. How sad that the tea party has gained so much traction in the Republican Party. Barry Goldwater warned against giving their kind of politics too much attention. Today, very few people even understand who the senator was. Senator Goldwater’s legacy is another piece of history that is often forgotten and rewritten. His favoritism toward business was galling and indefensible. His respect for the truth and insistence on fact based argument was superb.

  • matthew dunhamy

    Please someone save us from these backwards and ignorant fools.

    • The only way to do that is to get out the vote! You… your family… your friends… friends of friends… etc.

    • As much as I agree that these people are ignorant and their means of logic is frightening, we can’t ask someone else to save us from them. We’ve got to save ourselves by fighting with truth and reason.

  • I’ve never been more ashamed of my home state than I am right now. These idiots should be tarred, feathered, and run out of Tennessee on a rail!

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