Monday, May 10, 2010
RISE UP, THOSE OF EUROPEAN DESCENT!
Sometimes I'm ashamed of some of those in my profession. This guy is a seriously dangerous guy to have in a classroom. Apparently he is a social studies teacher in a "social justice" school. Besides the fact that he is a little wrong on his history, he's espousing the overthrow of capitalism and by extension the evil, white US. This guy glorifies Castro, Che, Chavez and any number of "enlightened" communist/socialist leaders who have made a career of murder and totalitarianism.
I wonder if because of my German heritage I were to espouse the wisdom of Bismarck. He united all the German pricipalities culminating in the newly united Germany in 1871. To do so he fought three wars against in order, Denmark, Austria, and France. After all, there are millions of Americans of German descent and should they all realize that they were used for most of their early stay in America, to perform manual labor in demeaning jobs and as cannon fodder in this nation's wars, they should rise up against the power structure and overthrow evil capitalism. We could certainly be joined by our Irish brothers who, too, were brought low by demeaning labor reserved for the lowest in society. What if I were to preach this to my students and radicalize them to become revolutionaries?
Oh right, most people of German and Irish descent assimilated, worked hard, learned the language and customs and have lived the American dream. They succeeded because they strived to do so. Hard work really does pay off.
By the way, the Mexican-American War was over in 1848. The US gained the land for 15 million dollars after a short but decisive war. The Mexicans gained the southwestern US after revolting against Spain. They invited Americans to settle in Texas, as long as they became Catholic and Mexican citizens. The Texans had enough of the ill treatment by the Mexican government and fought and gained independence for Texas in 1836, becoming a state in Feb. 1845, before the M/A war. Whose land was it? Seems to belong to whomever could take it.
Normally, I would ignore this jerk, but he's dangerous because he has access on a daily basis to young impressionable students. I'm sure he doesn't bring his prejudice to class. I'm sure he's a professional. Right.