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March 16, 2023

Yadda yadda

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Remember when the EB Times gave the responsibility of questioning the School Board candidates and analyzing the responses to someone who was bending over backward to try to “both sides are wrong” argument? It seems particularly quaint and naive now in light of the sweeping attempts of whole ass states (Florida anyone) to remove anything involving race:

I mean, the way the new proposed Florida textbook handled the Rosa Parks story to completely take out WHY she was asked to move from from her seat which would probably be more puzzling and bring up more questions for kids. They might as well have just “yadda yadda”ed the whole Rosa Parks story in general. As I pointed out in November:

First it’s a tell from the reporter that he believes that that prohibitions on teaching the real history of the US is some how the same as people suggesting that maybe saying that “you don’t see color” is problematic because it erases the experiences of people who can’t scrub away the their race. These are not the same things, the stretch to put them as some how equal in problematicness is problematic in itself.

Similarly talking about “Black codes” without mentioning that the “Black” in “Black codes” means Black people is a choice and ahistoric. But I suppose that some folks, like the reporter from November would look at this, look at cleaned out shelves in Florida schools and announce that the left does the same because the Dr Seuss estate said they’re going to stop reprinting certain books that show Asian people with slanty eyes.

It’s this need for balance from media types that cheapen the debate around the real threat around what is happening in schools across red states. This is no longer limited to just some books contain the “lost cause” narrative, this is stripping our history of, well, history.

Then there’s this:

These are the things that should be concerning us, not bending over backward to try to find fault in the left and the right.


  1. Why cite to a tweet of a portion of a tweet thread rather than to the underlying NYT piece? Scrubbing mentions of race from the Rosa Parks story is obviously bad. But as the NYT piece makes clear: it’s just one draft (of several) by one publisher; the draft not only hasn’t been approved, it wasn’t even submitted for review; and to remove any possible lingering doubt, the Florida Department of Education has come out and expressly disapproved it in any event. That someone at a textbook publisher would think the draft is even maybe what Florida wants is discouraging on a number of levels – but that’s very different from it being what anyone in Florida actually wants, let alone what Florida will actually approve and give to kids.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 16, 2023 @ 9:33 am

  2. Ouch-that’s gotta hurt…

    AG Bonta: Number of hate crimes in Ca. on the rise, at levels not seen since 9/11, including a 177.5% increase in anti-Asian crime.

    Florida announces hate crimes down 23%, but up 14.4% in the US

    Wait- don’t progressives think parents who ask for actual school curriculum were racist, homophobic, transphobic, colonialist and should be referred to the FBI as domestic terrorists?

    Comment by Mirror — March 16, 2023 @ 10:54 am

    • Whatabout whatabout blah blah blah! Do you wake up in the morning and wonder how many words you can use to add absolutely nothing to a blog post?

      Comment by Rod — March 16, 2023 @ 11:16 am

    • Lets see, a state that consistently and intentionally mis-categorizes hate crimes shows a reduction in hate crime. I wonder what their secret to success was.

      Comment by notadave — March 16, 2023 @ 3:41 pm

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