“Slavery in America is a horrifying part of our nation’s history–there’s no arguing with that. Even the painful parts of our history are important, though, because we can learn how to prevent the same mistakes. But now the Tennessee Tea Party is trying to erase all mentions of slavery from the state’s history books. »
According to the Tennessee Tea Party, the image of our founding fathers must not become tarnished. But pretending that the years of slavery and genocide in our nation’s history never happened isn’t protecting anyone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s basically racism.
Omitting slavery from history is equivalent to erasing segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the entire Civil War! Slavery is a huge part of American history whether the Tennessee Tea Party wants to admit it or not.”
- The Tennessee Tea Party Wants to Do What? (tinfoilhatman45.wordpress.com)
- First Tucson, now this: Tennessee Tea Party ‘Demands’ That References To Slavery Be Removed From History Textbooks (classroomconscious.wordpress.com)
- Breaking History (princss6.wordpress.com)
- Tennessee Tea Party: Downplay Slavery in History Books – It Tarnishes Rep of Founding Fathers (pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com)
- Tea Party Groups In Tennessee Demand Textbooks Overlook U.S. Founder’s Slave-Owning History (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Race Matters: Tea Party Groups Push For “Positive” Side Of Slavery In Textbooks (gangsgoonsandgunz.rahrahrecords.com)
- Oh Isn’t That Nice! The Tea People Want us to See Slavery in a Cheerier Light… (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Teabaggers Want To Remove Slavery From School Texbooks (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Tea Party Wants Schools to Be Nicer to Founding Fathers (somersplace.wordpress.com)
- Slavery Really Wasn’t So Bad, According to the Tea Party (wildugandablog.com)
By: Pam Spaulding Saturday May 12, 2012 6:27 am
Just an FYI, in the wake of Amendment One, actually Wednesday and Thursday, I was deluged with requests by news outlets and radio programs for comments about North Carolina, the President’s coming out for marriage equality, or both. That I kind of expected. What I was also asked about by some reporters was the inevitable “the black community voted overwhelmingly for the amendment” meme and what does that mean. The reporters asked this without ANY data on the NC results at the time (I still haven’t seen raw data and it’s Saturday).
Not that I would be surprised if the breakdown was disproportionately for the amendment of course. Everyone knows the sensitivity around the issue, but fact that some reporters were fixated on drawing out the conflict, real or imagined without hard data is not useful, and in fact harmful. Look at the result in Prop 8 — there were actually incidents of violence against black people in the aftermath of the vote, some in the public ready to assign blame before any actual demographic information on the vote was analyzed (and lo and behold, the meme was later debunked by Nate Silver in his analysis of the data). The factors most relevant in the breakdown of the vote was education level and how often one went to church.
In the case of the one-two punch of A1 in North Carolina and the President’s marriage equality statement, people reflexively fixated on the black/gay divide– and the possible impact this will have on Barack Obama’s re-election. FULL ARTICLE
Tulsa Police spokesman Jason Willingham told The Associated Press on Sunday that investigators are still considering many possible motives.
But based on messages posted in social media, revenge appeared to be a factor.
All five victims of the Friday shootings were black.
Police have described the two suspects as white.
The Facebook page had been taken down by Sunday afternoon. MORE