A new rightwing majority of Denver's school board members wants to rewrite American history to please themselves.
They've stated the curriculum must change so it "does not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law." Their words.
Hmm. Seems most of the important turning points in American history were the direct result of civil disorder, social strife and disregard of the law as it stood at the time.
Whitewashing and censoring American history in Colorado means erasing the Civil Rights Movement and Rosa Parks. The Declaration of Independence itself was civil disobedience. The fight for unions brought us the five day workweek, eight hour workday, overtime and the end of child labor. And ironically, the far rightwing Teabaggers who are now running the school board, are named after the original Tea Party, which was a huge act of disregard for the law.
Signs read, "People didn't die so we could erase them," and "I want to learn the entire history to change the future."
Protesting students said, "The nation's foundation was built on civil protest;" "I don't want my education censored;" and "you always hear that America's the greatest, the land of the free and the home of the brave. For all the good things we've done, we've done some terrible things. It's important to learn about those things so we don't repeat them."
This is what happens when you don't vote and rightwingers have their way.