Recently I mentioned how the state of Tennessee has become more of a “red state” since 2010’s midterm elections. I’ve told you about the new Voter ID law, and a couple other changes. Changes that, well, would be disadvantageous to people of color. Well, let’s just say that if you ever needed more proof to believe what I said back then. You can just checkout what’s happening down here in our fine state this week.
In what should be filed as “shit you just can’t make up,” for news stations and organizations, comes the l;atest news of Tennessee Tea Party activists presenting a list of demands to our state legislators. It would appear that said activists are not happy with quite a few things here in the Volunteer State. So much so that they even held a press conference to discuss their grievances with the general public. Not a very long list; however, a few of the items listed may sound like a joke, or something from a comedy sketch.
According to reports, Hal Rounds, Fayette County attorney and spokesman for the group at a recent press conference, there have been “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.” Yep, you heard that right; there have been “made-up criticisms,” Rounds continued, “The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at.”
During the news conference more than two dozen Tea Party activists handed out material that said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
And that further teaching would also include that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
The group demanded, as they had in January of last year, that Tennessee lawmakers change state laws governing school curricula. The group called for textbook selection criteria to include: “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.” (source)
Now this isn’t the first time they’ve done this. They pulled the same stunt this time last year. Back then, according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Hal Rounds then said, there should be “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.”
Now how absurd is that? History should reflect the truth as told by the fucking Tennessee Tea Party? So lemme guess, history in the state of Tennessee is supposed to start with Christopher Columbus sailing up the Mississippi River, Pilgrims landing in Memphis and having a nice dinner with other white people hence Thanksgiving, and skipping over slavery and all of that so as to not offend the sanctity that was the founding Fathers? Yep, no Civil Rights Movement, no Martin Luther King Jr. who was killed in Memphis, and has a nationally observed holiday named after him; yep, none of that. Because to do so would undermine the false notion that white folks were once a bunch of evil people because clearly they’re not like that anymore because, we’re post-racial now? Shit, for the Tea party’s sake, it’s too bad Barack Obama didn’t become president in the 1960s.
Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
You just gotta love America. A country which goes around the world and force-feed democracy and freedom on others, but unwilling to tell the truth about the treatment of Native Americans and other minorities in the state of Tennessee at least. Yep, even the ones who have “reached positions of leadership.” I swear, all this racism is gonna be the death of me one day; hell, and I live here.
So much for the notion of the Tea Party not being racist.