Target: Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma
Goal: Prevent whitewashing of American history by false patriots.
In an astounding landslide, an Oklahoma state legislative committee voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History, or APUSH. The lawmakers that voted against the course claim that it teaches “what is bad about America,” and fails to teach “American exceptionalism.” These people are trying to change history and whitewash the atrocities that the United States committed in order to reach its position of power today. This is an unacceptable attempt at indoctrination by false patriots who cling to an image of the United States that has never truly existed.
Children in this country are taught almost nothing but lies about U.S. history: Columbus discovered America, the founding fathers were all idealistic and morally pure gentlemen, segregation and racism ended with The Civil Rights movement, manifest destiny was justified, the U.S. is a democracy, etc. The list of absurdities that government mandated history curricula feed to children goes on and on.
APUSH is one of the few courses that offers students some glimmer of the truth about the history of their country and its funding can not be cut. The charges leveled at the course literally amount to telling the truth about the horrors the United States has committed. Are we going to ban telling the truth?
Having personally taken APUSH, it is understandable why the curriculum upsets people. This country did upsetting things to just about everyone for the benefit of wealthy white men, but that does not mean that wealthy white men now get to lie to every student in Oklahoma by whitewashing the evils of the past. We must learn from our history, lest we forget it and make the same mistakes again.
Please sign below to demand that these false patriots don’t whitewash the atrocities committed by the U.S. from history. Let us make sure that history cannot be rewritten.
Dear Governor Fallin,
In a recent decision, a legislative committee in your home state of Oklahoma voted to ban the teaching of Advanced Placement U.S. History, generally referred to as APUSH. The charges made by the committee are that the curriculum teaches only “what is bad about America” and fails to teach “American exceptionalism.”
The fact of the matter is that APUSH is guilty of one crime and one crime only: telling the truth. This course sheds light on all of the inaccuracies that are taught at other levels of U.S. history and the truth can be an ugly thing: slavery, genocide, segregation, sexism, racism, class warfare, etc. The list goes on and on. The state of Oklahoma cannot simply pretend these things are not true by banning the teaching of them.
We must learn from history, no matter how grim, lest we be doomed make the same mistakes over and over again. Students have the right to know about the horrific atrocities that the United States had to commit to get to its position of power and we have a responsibility to teach them.
History cannot be changed, Ms. Fallin. To ban this course is akin to banning the truth because it is too unpleasant, it cannot be done. I beg you to stop this ban before it goes into effect. Everyone has the right to know the truth.
[Your Name Here]
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