I agree 100% with Mr. Haley. Shall we dive into the email?
Email: “My daughter goes to *Censored* High School. She had her first AP US History and her teacher told them that the history they learned in elementary was all a lie. They read from "History is a Weapon" by Howard Zinn where he tells them that the US is founded on genocide of the Native Americans. My daughter also tells me that the other students in the class believe the teacher.”
I have to say that I do agree with Howard Zinn on this point. This parent however is very angry and wanted advise on what to do.
The kicker is the response:
1) Email your local and/or state school board member and ask them to make sure Howard Zinn's version of U.S. history isn't being portrayed in your school district classrooms. I would include what this mother's letter contains. If you don’t know your local school board member’s email address, go to your district website and you’ll find it on the board member page.
2) Carbon copy your legislators and the governor on your email.
Normally I would brush this off. However, I couldn't really let this one go. Why? Well, History is NOT common core yet (this is from a common core group). History classes have been used to manipulate the mass population into believing what the governing parties want. E.G.: Columbus discovered America...which he did not. In elementary school we learn to admire and respect this man. Then, if you are lucky enough to get to A.P. History...you learn the truth...
I am sad that in all likely hood, this mother will get her way. I would hope, in the very least, they could find a compromise and teach both sides of the story: The old history of Americans conquering this land...and the Side of the Native American's who had their land and way of life destroyed.
A small reminder to the mother: The American Government STOLE children from the Native American parents to "re-education" and "indoctrinate" them into "our way" .... regardless of how Americans got this land...I think we can all agree that what we did after the fact was very wrong.
For those who don't know, might I suggest you watch The Canary Effect which I will post below.
So the question is: Do you think the lady is doing the Right or Wrong thing? Why or why not?
My answer: I really don't have an answer yet...I need to first understand Howard Zinn. BUT...As far as genocide and the American Indians...I will agree that yes...it was genocide. I believe it is time to call it what it was. The Genocide of the Native Americans.
1) the mental element, meaning the "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such", and
2) the physical element which includes five acts described in sections a, b, c, d and e. A crime must include both elements to be called "genocide."
The five elements are: (a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.