Lucifer woke up this morning with his head pounding and his ego deflated. He drank a gallon of Bloody Marys to stop the pain. Yesterday, that pipsqueak DeSantis beat the devil at his own game. Sure, Satan still has Biden in the White House, but to be beaten by a Florida Man truly hurts.
Why can’t DeSantis just be a normal Florida Man content with bicycling backward down the Interstate?
But DeSantis stared Satan down and got the College Board to kick Satan out of its advanced placement black studies course.
John Sexton of Hot Air reported, “As is so often the case with media coverage of culture war/political topics, it can be difficult to discern what actually happened as opposed to what the various factions involved have decided is the most convenient and beneficial story to tell.
“At the bottom of this is the College Board’s revision of the curriculum. I don’t believe for a moment that the changes had nothing to do with the criticism from DeSantis. The Washington Post and the New York Times don’t believe it either.
“But I do believe that the College Board decided it was a) wise to make the changes in light of the criticism from the right and b) also wise to deny that’s what was happening to avoid criticism from the left. I do believe it’s likely that actual students who were a part of their pilot tests were more interested in reading the first hand account of, say, Frederick Douglass (which really is compelling) than they were in wading through the leftist mind-thoughts of Kimberlé W. Crenshaw. So in this case it seems possible the College Board had a good reason for making some of the changes they were under pressure to make anyway. And of course they absolutely can’t admit that DeSantis had a point without setting people’s hair on fire.”
The board capitulated on the first day of Black History Month. The College Board’s course as originally crafted was not about black people but about pushing Marxism and other evils. Good golly, the course honored a poet who encouraged raping white girls and slashing the throats of their mothers. The devil delights in hijacking a civil rights movement founded by Martin Luther King and other Christian ministers.
Credit Stanley Kurtz of National Review for bringing to the public’s attention this nasty indoctrination into black supremacy.
He wrote on September 12, 2022, “A new and sweeping effort to infuse leftist radicalism into America’s K–12 curriculum has begun. The College Board — the group that runs the SAT test and the Advanced Placement program — is pilot-testing an AP African American Studies (APAAS) course. While the College Board has withheld the course’s curriculum framework from the public, I have obtained a copy.”
Oops. He read the course outline that those outside the schools are not supposed to know about. We are supposed to just shut up and pay our taxes.
Kurtz wrote, “The College Board hasn’t made it easy to figure out what APAAS teaches. Not only have they kept the pilot-curriculum framework secret, but the framework itself is opaque. There are four topics in the final week of the course, for example, one of which is Black Study and Black Struggle in the 21st Century. That topic covers ‘reflections on the evolution of Black studies and the field’s salience in the present through a text by scholars, such as Robin D. G. Kelley.’ Not until you actually read Kelley’s essay, Black Study, Black Struggle, do you discover a thoroughly political critique — from the left — of black student activists and their allies.
“Kelley warns that simply establishing safe spaces and renaming campus buildings does nothing to overthrow capitalism. Authentic black studies, argues Kelley, can be perfected only through revolutionary study and activism outside of the academy. In Kelley’s view, norms of objectivity that dominate the mainstream academy must be rejected in favor of Marx’s call for ‘a ruthless criticism of everything existing’ — followed by fearless struggle against the powers thus exposed.”
So who is Kelley? I sort of know who R. Kelly is. He’s a rapper who now has a rap sheet for raping underage girls and whizzing on them.
Who is this Kelley?
Kurtz reported, “I’ve begun with Robin D. G. Kelley because he turns out to be a key to the agenda that structures virtually the entire modern section of the course. Kelley grew up reading Marx, Engels, Lenin, and other landmarks of traditional Marxism in political study groups. Eventually, Kelley joined the Communist Workers Party (CWP), one of several Maoist splinter groups that emerged in the 1970s.
“Kelley was drawn to CWP because of its predominantly black membership. His discovery of a black Marxist intellectual tradition, however, led him to the mentorship of Cedric Robinson, author of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. Robinson modifies Marx by highlighting issues of culture and race. In particular, Robinson points to a ‘Black radical tradition’ whose focus on spirituality and the social collective not only models an alternative to capitalism but inspires a deeper repudiation and replacement of Western civilization itself.”
Marxism is Satanism because it fights to replace the individualism of capitalism with the class identity of the communism. I decided at 16 I was not a worker of the world. I was a worker at Burger King part-time. Leave me alone.
Kurtz’s piece was lengthy and well-researched but it excluded the part where this course includes Amiri Baraka. As Leroi Jones in the 1960s, he authored Black Dada Nihilismus, a rambling bit of self-righteous anger.
Here is the pertinent passage.
Come up, black dada
nihilismus. Rape the white girls. Rape
their fathers. Cut the mothers’ throats.
Black dada nihilismus, choke my friends
in their bedrooms with their drinks spilling
and restless for tilting hips or dark liver
lips sucking splinters from the master’s thigh.
Reading it and listening to him read it, I concluded that someone had smoked too much wacky weed. As nonsensical as his ramblings were, the College Board anointed his work by including it in this course.
The African American Studies Faculty in Higher Ed is cool with the promotion of raping white girls because it posted, “Open Letter In Defense of AP African American Studies.”
The letter began, “We are nearly 600 African American Studies faculty in higher education at dozens of colleges and universities and we are concerned about the future of our field. We write this letter to broadcast our outrage at the efforts of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to delegitimize the AP’s pilot curriculum in African American Studies, to intimidate the College Board into appeasement and wholesale revisions, and to deny the young citizens of his state the world-class education to which they have a right.
“After years of careful development, a curriculum for African American Studies is set to be released to the public this week, and is scheduled to be piloted in sixty high schools across the country in the 2024–25 school year. Ordinarily, after the curriculum is piloted, it is revised and ultimately approved by universities for Advanced Placement, giving high school students who complete the class an opportunity to skip introductory courses and get into their major quickly once they enter college. AP students are hard-working, high-achieving, and motivated to learn, and AP courses are typically the most rigorous offerings in any high school, factoring into college admissions decisions and college course placement.”
And the woke crowd, which seeks to silence all opposing views, said, “This is censorship and a frontal attack on academic freedom.”
Hahaha. I laugh in the faces of the devil and his unwitting accomplices.
The letter also said, “There is no precedent, of which we are aware, for him or the Florida Department of Education to claim expertise on any other subject matter for AP course adoption.”
The governor and the state department do not claim expertise in black studies. They simply know indoctrination when they see it. They disapprove of it.
DeSantis said, “Who would say that an important part of black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda on our kids. And so, when you look to see, they have stuff about intersectionality, abolishing prisons. That’s a political agenda.”
The media reports of the College Board’s change of course were as expected: ignorant of what the objections were and devoted to the original course despite not sharing its contents with readers and listeners.
NPR’s third paragraph went, “But critics point out that the newest iteration of the course is now missing several themes and voices from Black scholars that were originally presented in a pilot program already being taught at dozens of schools this year across the country. Others are saying that changes to the curriculum were made to appease Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after his administration rejected the original iteration of the course last month.”
I should hope that the changes were made to appease the duly elected governor and his administration rather than a bunch of tenured academics who are accountable to no one. If Floridians do not like it, they can always get a new governor.
The New York Times report surprisingly was straight-forward, if couched in a bit of anger that amused me.
It wrote, “After heavy criticism from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the College Board released on Wednesday an official curriculum for its new Advanced Placement course in African American Studies — stripped of much of the subject matter that had angered the governor and other conservatives.
“The College Board purged the names of many Black writers and scholars associated with critical race theory, the queer experience and Black feminism. It ushered out some politically fraught topics, like Black Lives Matter, from the formal curriculum.
“And it added something new: ‘Black conservatism’ is now offered as an idea for a research project.”
Black conservatism? Does that mean Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas and Robert Smalls will get their due? Why, Booker T. Washington may rise again from the dustbin of black history.
Liberals shared their displeasure with the change of course.
Mother Jones reported, “The result is a course that traces the Black experience from Africa, through slavery, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement, but mostly stops around 1980. Reading the framework, it appears that the enduring legacy of that earlier history is not reflected in the course material, which now fails to acknowledge the movements, thinking, and people grappling with that history and advocating for racial justice over the last four decades.”
The civil rights movement brought equality and affirmative action. It was for black people a happy ending. Lucifer loathes happy endings and so he works to revive and continue racial discord and division.
National Review’s report on the change of course ended, “Meanwhile, DeSantis on Tuesday announced a proposal to eliminate programs, courses, and bureaucracies dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and critical race theory (CRT) at public Florida universities. He argued taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize harmful, divisive ideologies.
“‘We are going to eliminate all DEI and CRT bureaucracies in the state of Florida. No funding, and that will wither it on the vine,’ he said at a press conference.”
Lucifer better mix a new batch of Bloody Marys. He’s going to need it because DeSantis will give him no rest.
The Wit and Wisdom of John Kennedy
How much other claptrap is hiding in the curriculum beyond "minority studies" or however the "other" indoctrination courses are styled? Just looking at the stuff that comes home with my primary school age kids, the climate nonsense is in full flower. And "hate western civ" non sequiturs are sprinkled liberally throughout English and Social Studies passages. Carbon dioxide, the fundamental building block of all biomass, has to be footnoted as a villain ... usually as an afterthought ... in every science problem. Shakespeare or Greek myths have to be called out for their white, masculine "essentialism" which somehow makes them less noteworthy. This crap is everywhere! So, glad DeSantis poked the devil, but only after another thousand or so such pokes will we even be able to call it a start.
Where are the other DeSantis’?
All red states should be fighting these same battles.
The silence is deafening and telling.