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Douglas Andrews / October 27, 2020

Scholastic Mag Smears Trump

The longtime classroom reading resource paints the president as a racist in its 2020 election profile.

If your children have been trudging home lately with a backpack full of animus toward President Donald Trump, it might just be because they’re learning that he’s a racist.

And they’re not just learning this from a couple of woke young teachers unable to separate their political views from their professional duties. No, they’re learning it from Scholastic magazine, the tried-and-true reading companion that has for decades been a fixture in classrooms across the country. “Over 6 million students read Scholastic News every week!” the editors tell us. “See why so many teachers rely on this exceptional magazine to engage their students, build nonfiction-reading skills, and increase content-area knowledge.”

As might be expected, Scholastic has developed a suite of “Election 2020” materials, including candidate profiles of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, as well as perspectives on the leading issues of the day: pandemic response, racial justice, economy, healthcare, climate change, education, immigration, and America and the world.

“The long history of unjust treatment of Black people in America is a major focus of this election,” begins the Racial Justice category, which goes on to explain that “in the wake of police killings of Black Americans, huge protests erupted across the country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.” We then learn that President Trump “has defended law enforcement, opposed protesters’ calls for reforms, and taken an aggressive stance against the [wait for it!] largely peaceful demonstrations. In July, for instance, he sent federal police to Portland, Oregon, to break up rallies there. Local officials say those officers illegally detained protesters and sparked violence.”

To recap: The police were routinely killing blacks, the result of which was an eruption of “protests” and “peaceful demonstrations” and “rallies,” but there was no rioting, no looting, no arson, no defacing or yanking down of statues, no efforts to incinerate cops in their vehicles with Molotov cocktails, no prolonged takeovers of whole sections of our nation’s cities, no attempts to burn down federal courthouses, no assaults, no battery, and no murders. Nothing like that. And it was the president who “sparked violence” in otherwise peaceful Portland.

“Many people see the president’s response to the protests as part of a pattern of racism,” the indoctrinators at Scholastic tell our children. “He has repeatedly made racist statements and at times shown support for people who promote white supremacy. He has also largely refused to acknowledge the role racism plays in America. For example, he has dismissed research showing that Black people are more likely than white people to be stopped, arrested, and killed by the police.”

Not surprisingly, none of Heather Mac Donald’s data-driven research appears to have made its way into Scholastic’s Trump-hating BLM propaganda. Nor was there any mention of the empowering self-help message of, say, Candace Owens. Nor the death of retired police chief David Dorn, a black man far more worthy of martyr status than Michael Brown or George Floyd or Freddie Gray or Rayshard Brooks. No, the sad fact is that not all black lives matter to the Marxists at Black Lives Matter.

You’re encouraged to read the entire Trump profile yourself and compare it to that of Joe Biden, who undergoes his own share of criticism (without Scholastic calling him a racist) but who seems substantially more sympathetic than President Trump, despite his own troubled history on race. Indeed, his Scholastic profile finishes with this: “He has pledged to expand access to high-quality education, business opportunities, health care, and housing for Black Americans. He has also called for the U.S. government to increase investigations into claims bias and brutality against Black people in police departments nationwide, so that patterns of discrimination can be exposed and fixed.”

Translation: Vote for Joe!

And this, of course, is just the section on “racial justice.” We can only imagine how Scholastic contrasts President Trump’s and Joe Biden’s positions on, say, “immigration” or “climate change.”

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