So if you follow Steve … which you should … you know that the Back Lives Matter chapters in Manchester and Nashua have presented the gubernatorial candidates a list of “demands.”
I am going to reproduce the list here, for your ease of reference:
Both Democrat candidates have agreed to the “demands”:
But just what have Feltes and Volinsky agreed to? It’s worth examining.
Let’s start with #7, “reform[ing] whitewashed curriculum.” While not specifically stated (intentionally, I’m sure) this is the “1619 Project.”
The 1619 Project is a rewrite of the history of America to make slavery its defining purpose. Hence, 1619 … the year English colonists first brought African slaves to what later became Virginia represents the real founding of America … rather than 1776, when the colonies declared their independence. Consequently, according to the 1619 Project, modern America is the fruit of the poisonous tree of slavery. In the words of the 1619 Project:
Out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system, its diet and popular music, the inequities of its public health and education, its astonishing penchant for violence, its income inequality, the example it sets for the world as a land of freedom and equality, its slang, its legal system and the endemic racial fears and hatreds that continue to plague it to this day. The seeds of all that were planted long before our official birth date, in 1776, when the men known as our founders formally declared independence from Britain.
The 1619 Project claims that the colonies declared their independence in order to protect slavery from Great Britain. Actual historians have wrecked this claim. For example, Gordon Wood:
In 1776, Britain, despite the Somerset decision, was certainly not the great champion of antislavery that the Project 1619 suggests. Indeed, it is the northern states in 1776 that are the world’s leaders in the antislavery cause. The first anti-slavery meeting in the history of the world takes place in Philadelphia in 1775. …
The idea that the Revolution occurred as a means of protecting slavery—I just don’t think there is much evidence for it, and in fact the contrary is more true to what happened. The Revolution unleashed antislavery sentiments that led to the first abolition movements in the history of the world.
I strongly urge you to read the entire interview with Wood. Not only does it show how amateurish and wrong the 1619 project is, it is fascinating and informative in its own right.
The obvious consequence and problem with teaching kids this fake-history is that it makes them hate their country and desirous of “transforming” it. From Ben Weingarten in the Federalist:
If you agree with Hannah-Jones — that America is a deplorable place with a horrible history, driven primarily by racism — you will see America as not only unworthy of defending, but worthy of being actively destroyed. As the anti-Western Marxists and anarchists are doing in our streets today, smashing America’s institutions will become a moral imperative. Everything American must be consigned to the dustbin of history — its statues toppled, books burned, and movies banned. This is to say nothing of the inevitable violence against perceived perpetrators of injustice that will follow.
In other words, the 1619 project is designed to turn kids into “boots on the ground” for anti-Western Marxists of Back Lives Matter and the anarchists of ANTIFA. Yet Dan Feltes and Andru Volinsky are ON THE RECORD as supporting using the 1619 Project to replace the current curriculum in New Hampshire public schools.
Now let’s turn to #5 … “the prohibition of the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on unarmed demonstrators by New Hampshire law enforcement.” This would force police to choose allow the looting and burning we have seen by “unarmed demonstrators” across the United States or use deadly force to stop it. This has nothing to do with protecting Back lives and everything to do with allowing anti-Western Marxists to run roughshod over law-abiding citizens, including looting and burning family-owned businesses that have been passed down through the generations.
And then there’s #2 … “appointing a Civilian Oversight Board to oversee law enforcement.” Which presumably will be made up of anti-Western Marxists who think the role of the police should be not to prevent crime and arrest criminals … but to explain to the victims of what we formally considered crime that it was simply the justifiable redistribution of wealth wrongly acquired via America’s slave-owning past.
Feltes and Volinsky should be ashamed of themselves for signing on to this agenda.
And as for Governor Sununu:
Are you kidding me? Grow a pair, Chris. What’s needed is an unequivocal NO.