Today I managed to fold a load of laundry, rinse a container of raspberries, chop cabbage for coleslaw, and tidy the kitchen. That said, I might have done more than my body wished, for tonight I am a bit shaky and very tired, so this will be a short post with only a few very short snippets. Hopefully I can do better tomorrow!
The headline in The Washington Post read: “The demise of BBB comes at a dark moment for Democrats”. But that is wrong … it is not only a dark moment for Democrats, but rather for every man, woman and child in the U.S. who doesn’t have the benefit of being wealthy. Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia single-handedly killed a bill that would have helped millions of people in the coming year, many of whom live in his own state, the second poorest state in the U.S. with a poverty rate of nearly 20%. Not only that, but the bill would have made significant progress in the fight against the forces that are destroying our environment and given future generations the chance to continue living and breathing on Planet Earth! Manchin is now among the top candidates running for the ‘Asshole of the Year’ award.
In Williamson County, Tennessee, a chapter of Moms For Liberty, a right-wing dark money group, filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the language arts curriculum for second graders in Williamson County school violates the law banning Critical Race Theory.
Specifically, Moms For Liberty objected to the inclusion several books, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington, and Ruby Bridges Goes to School, an autobiography of the first Black child to integrate a New Orleans school, adapted for young readers.
The group claims that the inclusion of these books “reveals a heavily biased agenda, one that makes children hate their country, each other, and/or themselves.” Horse hockey!!! Facts is facts, folks, and maybe these parents actually realize their own guilt in America’s racist past and want to hide it from their children, want to head off any questions their kids might ask about their parent’s views and behaviour during that time. Facts is facts, whether these lily-white ‘moms’ choose to acknowledge it or not.
If we don’t teach our children the truth about our past, how will they know not to repeat the same mistakes? If there is hope for this nation to come out of the dark ages of collective ignorance and bigotry we have descended into, it lies in the education of our children. We cannot lie, re-write history, or cover up the dark parts of the nation’s past, for those dark parts are just as much a part of who and what we are today as the shining parts are.
And I conclude with a short video by Parody Project by Don Caron …