Illinois Rep Wants to Abolish History Classes as Racist

Mish

State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings overlook the contributions of women and minorities.

His solution is to Abolish History Classes until an adequate remedy is in place.

Leaders in education, politics and other areas gathered in suburban Evanston Sunday to ask that the Illinois State Board of Education change the history curriculum at schools statewide, and temporarily halt instruction until an alternative is decided upon.

At a news conference, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities.

Before the event Sunday, Rep. Ford's office distributed a news release "Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools," in which Ford asked the ISBOE and school districts to immediately remove history curriculum and books that 'unfairly communicate' history "until a suitable alternative is developed."

Calls for Censorship

Who gets to decide which history books are unfair? 

And what about statues?

Logical Solution

I came up with the logical solution to this problem on July 24.

Let's just ban statues and be done with it. Books too. I am sure every book ever printed offends someone. Does the word Pizza offend anyone? If so, we need to ban pizzas.

I am really tired of all this nonsense.

Suitable Alternative Needed

We need a suitable alternative to state reps. 

How about an outright ban on these overpaid, underworked bureaucrats who are the primary reason people leave Illinois.

It Takes 3 Weeks to Escape Illinois

We escaped Illinois and if you live here you should consider doing the same. We chose Utah.

Bear in mind that It Takes 3 Weeks to Escape Illinois.

Why?

All the U-Hauls are leaving. It takes three weeks to reserve a one-way out of the state. 

"Everyone is leaving. No one is coming," a U-Haul agent told us when we reserved a truck.

Why Utah?

I discussed Utah in my October 5, 2019 post Escape Illinois: Get The Hell Out Now, We Are

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Scooot
Scooot

Ah, a comment box on this story, still not available on the others Yet.

I agree with you Mish, it’s all nonsense. History can’t be changed. If we don’t have access to it we can’t learn from it.

Edit I didn’t see your above post until after I posted this one.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

"At a news conference, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities."

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State rep, eh?

Just burnishing his resume for higher office by playing to the mob. Once he gets to DC, he'll be able to line his pocket like the rest.

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"Everyone is leaving. No one is coming,"

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Just the productive ones. I'm sure the slackards looking for a handout are still there.

LouMannheim
LouMannheim

Would you all prefer our children be taught misinformation and outright lies? This is an issue that needs to be addressed - there's some real crapola being peddled to our children.

Quatloo
Quatloo

Maybe he could educate his constituents on the history of the Democratic Party as well, the party that supported going to war to defend the right to enslave human beings, the party of Bull Connor and George Wallace.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Welcome to anarchism Mish!

PT109
PT109

More ignorant thoughts coming from the stupid gallery. I wonder how much Kool-Aid LaShawn has consumed

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

As an Indian-born US citizen, I find it all ironic. My culture in South India was desecrated by invaders from the outside for hundreds of years. Now I go watch a movie on civilizations on youtube and they think civilizations started with Europe and the Middle East. Truthfully, we know the original humans came from southern Africa and migrated north from there but there is also DNA showing that these people got to southern India (which I have in my DNA). Until the idiotic white man stops thinking that civilizations started with him, I as a person who came from the original civilizations of mankind, won't stop calling it a lie.

Zardoz
Zardoz

We can't even agree on what the news is anymore. Anything that happened more than 20 years ago might as well be ancient fairytales. We are living in post reality reality.

Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

Proposals of this kind are efforts by politicians to remain relevant when they have no useful ideas about how to deal with more immediate problems like the health and welfare of all citizens. I don't mean to disparage the evils of racial prejudice but there are times when we should attack our problems in order of priority.

Webej
Webej

In the strict sense, everything is history, so if you abolish it, we would know absolutely nothing. Math and Physics are obviously part of the white male power structures. In the end, if we continue in this vein, we will only be able to have lessons about race. What a great way to overwin racism, have everything be about nothing else than race...

gattaca
gattaca

John Oliver just did a great piece on this very topic:

I think the representative was trying to attract attention with the title of the press release (which seems to have been somewhat effective), but this is an issue that does indeed need to be addressed.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

The Orwellian party is about to create an Atlantis moment.

ColoradoAccountant
ColoradoAccountant

I've always understood that the overarching problem in America is the decline of the middle class. I guess it is too big a problem to solve. Thus, everyone works on trivial problems at the margin.

WildBull
WildBull

The rich don't have enough money to support government spending. The poor don't have it either. The middle class pays until it is destroyed by taxation.

MiTurn
MiTurn

This guy is just giving parents one more reason to homeschool, as if they didn't need any more.

Herkie
Herkie

A friend of mine in Oregon who was late twenties told me that he was never required to study history. Nor could he read or write in cursive. He did not even know who Humphry Bogart was. So, I doubt that termination of history classes would even be noticed by the current crop of students. Funny yes? How they have disastrous test scores especially in math and sciences yet never hesitate to express a social media opinion on climate change which is a tricky subject even for scientists, or the efficacy of masks in stopping a pandemic which has been studied extensively over the years and found to have virtually no effect on the course of viral epidemics and pandemics, yet suddenly the "science" changed in just the last 4 months.

RonJ
RonJ

"It Takes 3 Weeks to Escape Illinois"

The Democratic Party intends to bring Illinois to every state.

William Janes
William Janes

This gentleman is of no importance or relevance. When the pushback comes, it will be hard and will move these radical Marxist egalitarians back to the anonymity that they so richly deserve. To paraphrase Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes when a group pushes a political issue to the brink, they should not be surprised when they find themselves as recipients of an even stronger response.

debracarter
debracarter

If you get rid of the history, & books, your virtually, getting rid of the "word - history"! Then, how would you know, what nationality you came from? So, we then, would have no color, no nationality, & we'd be all the same. So, coming from the Rep. Above, BLM wouldn't matter would it?! Then why fight?