The American spirit has not yet been destroyed, but it cannot withstand the kind of relentless assault on its character that we are witnessing day after day. I cannot predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our current direction is not changed and I don’t pretend to know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, will finally break the nation’s spirit.
What I do know is this much: My generation, the so called “millennials” and younger, have been indoctrinated into believing that the root cause of today’s present problems, whatever they may be, is due to America’s own history.
This indoctrination begins at a very young age as K-12 schools throughout our country have incorporated academic curriculum that teaches our children to hate their own country. To get a sense of the material being taught in today’s classrooms by our K-12 teachers, look no further than revisionist historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. The “history book” has been purchased by over 2 million people and according to the Zinn Education Project, “more than 45,000 teachers have registered to download materials to teach outside the textbook.”
The project goes on to state that, “through their classroom work, these teachers are themselves making people’s history as they equip tens of thousands of young people to rethink our past and imagine a different world.”
Teaching from a “social justice perspective”, A People’s History describes the founding of the American Republic as an exercise in the tyrannical control of the many by the few for greed and profit. Zinn begins the book not with the settling of North America or the creation of the United States, but with a lengthy chapter on “Columbus’s Genocide” against the Native Americans. Zinn goes on to describe the American Revolution as being the “work of genius” in which “the Founding Fathers deserve the awed tribute they have received over the centuries. They created the most effective system of national control devised in modern times, and showed future generations of leaders the advantages of combining paternalism with command.”
David Horowitz of the Freedom Center notes that in Zinn’s account, the Declaration of Independence was not so much a revolutionary statement of rights as a cynical means of manipulating popular groups into overthrowing colonial rule for the benefit of the rich. The rights it appeared to guarantee, according to Zinn, were “limited to life, liberty and happiness for white males” because they excluded black slaves and “ignored the existing inequalities in property.”
The perspective that shapes the nearly seven hundred pages of A People’s History is a plodding Marxism informed by the preposterous idea that nation-states are a fiction and that economic classes are the only real social actors. Yet, this radical assault on America’s founding through the teachings of anti-American curriculum such as this are now mainstream throughout our school’s. This revisionist history ignores the United States’ founding principles and their influence in inspiring the spread of democracy and galvanizing the movement to abolish slavery.As Horowitz notes, what we’re really teaching our kids is the “deconstruction of the American idea.”
Remember, it is considered mainstream today to despise one’s own country by constantly bringing up past atrocities as justification to hate the present. Slavery existed in America, therefore the oppression felt by blacks today is a direct result of the discrimination that existed over 150 years ago. Who cares about the civil war or even the civil rights movement, when you can simply ignore the reasons as to why those past events happened and reinterpret them in a way to prove that our nation hasn’t progressed past the point of slavery.
To elaborate this point, Louis Farrakhan, in wake of the hysteria created in Ferguson and New York from the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, stated that “killing whites is justice.” Farrakhan reiterated this point a few years ago at the 16th Anniversary of the Million Man March where he claimed the following:
Whether you know it or not, we are at war! Our survival as a people is at stake! No weak-kneed, cowardly “leaders” need to stand in front of Black people today! This is a time for real men; men who understand that in order for people to be “free,” sacrifice has to be made! The loss of life has to take place! Blood must flow in order for people who are enslaved to be free!
While Farrakhan’s statement may seem extreme, it is quietly nodded with approval by those within our nation’s institutions. This view is only reinforced throughout our nation’s schools as our kids have been taught that our nation today is still suffering from the symptoms of our racist and oppressive past. “That vision”, writes Thomas Sowell, “is nowhere more clearly expressed than in attempts to automatically depict whatever social problems exist…as being caused by the sins or negligence of whites, whether racism in general or a “legacy of slavery” in particular.” Sowell continues, “like most emotionally powerful visions, it is seldom, if ever, subjected to the test of evidence.”
When the revisionist past that those like Zinn and the teachers in our school system so readily accept as truth, the truth becomes meaningless as headstrong preconceptions are now truly all that matters. Sowell elaborates this with the following:
The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior…in a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century.
The implications of such prevailing social visions is antithetical to the future survival of our Republic, but this is what we have been taught. My generation is more than willing to abdicate and excuse the direction of their own lives and evade responsibility for their own actions because they have been taught that freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for the inevitable failures that they will become.
In the words of Eric Hoffer, “The less a person sees himself as an autonomous individual capable of shaping his own course and solely responsible for his station in life, the less likely is he to see his poverty as evidence of his own inferiority.”
Inferiority not because of ones race, religion, or sex, but inferiority in the belief that is so engrained in my generation, that being that one is no longer able to rise above whatever their current condition happens to be. We are no longer teaching our children independence but dependence and that is disastrous for America’s future.