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Culture Beat / Apr. 17, 2018

AP U.S. History Textbook Promotes Leftist Bias

Textbook blames political differences in America on racism, bigotry and sexism.

A forthcoming 2019 edition U.S. history textbook published by Pearson and intended for AP classes has ruffled feathers for its clearly leftist political bias. An excerpt from the updated textbook describes the motives of those voting in 2016 election like it came straight from a Democrat fundraising email:

> Trump’s supporters saw the vote as a victory for people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America–a mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group. Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender, and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history. They also worried about the mental stability of the president elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.

Elsewhere, it becomes even more apparent that the textbook seeks to interpret diverse political motivations primarily through the lens of race. For example, the description of President Donald Trump’s cabinet: “They were largely white males, more so than any cabinet since Ronald Reagan.” Or this example that suggests the reason for the political differences in the country are primarily due to race: “Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust” to the changing cultural mores. The textbook concludes that Trump’s political positions and views are “not-very-hidden racism.”

With this kind of promotion of the Marxist paradigm, which claims that political motivations and distinctions can be primarily attributed to class or race rather than ideology, is it any wonder there is a generation of Americans who are more than willing to question the value of the U.S. Constitution? No wonder some are actively advocating for the removal of the First and Second Amendment protections. Those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it, but that’s even more so for those who are taught a false narrative on historical events.

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