We Had to Pull the Article on Propaganda

Sep 21, 2017 by

Yesterday, we published a piece on indoctrination and propaganda in an American high school. After it went up, the family who drew attention to the questionable handouts worried about the repercussions to their student. Having been on the receiving end of such repercussions in high school, as the author of the piece I decided to pull the article.

Let me be clear that I know the parents, the student, the school, and the class in which the affair took place as well as many details that I did not include in the initial article because I wanted to protect the family.

UPDATE: I have been notified this morning, September 21, 2017, that the teacher has apologized for the assignment to the class and pulled it.

Here are the handouts, scrubbed of all references, that caused the controversy:

Classroom Propaganda on BLM white privilege

Classroom Propaganda SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center

If you can’t read the handouts because of the fonts, or the purposeful distortion of the image, here is the text:

Mini-Research Essay
[CLASS REMOVED]

Task – write a 3-4 page research paper that explores one of the following questions on social justice issues in the United States.

Possible Topics. Feel free to use one of these, or please pitch one of your own to me if you have an idea you would like to research.

Confederate icons and flags — Statues of confederate heroes and also the confederate flag have been icons of racism for decades. Many of these icons are now being removed from public spaces across the country.

Black Lives Matter — BLM is an organization and movement working for the validation of Black life in America. They work to resist dehumanization and institutionalized racism in our country’s framework.

Rise in hate group membership — For the second year in a row, there has been a rise in the number of hate groups in the United States, most of them are targeting Muslim Americans. Most of the hate groups in the U.S. are white supremacist hate groups that are involved in domestic terror acts, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

White privilege — is a set of unearned assets that a white person in America can count on cashing in each day but to which they remain largely oblivious.

DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy established by the Obama administration in June 2012. … As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals — referred to as Dreamers after the DREAM Act bill — were enrolled in the program created by DACA

Gender identity and discrimination — Recently, those who are struggling with gender identity issues in our country have been subject to discriminatory statements and actions from both state and federal government agencies. An example of this is president [sic] Trump’s statements regarding those who are dealing with gender identity and their role in the military.

Essay Structure — each of these sections (except for the intro and conclusion) will have more than one paragraph.

An overview of the topic.

What is it?
Where did it come from?
What is the history of that issue?

Describe the controversy or conflict with this issue.

What is the argument surrounding this issue?
What do both sides say?
What has happened as a result of the issue?
What have been the consequences?
What will happen in the future?

Conclusion

Is it not a sad day in America when a parent is scared that his child will suffer repercussions because a teacher’s use of propaganda was called out? How did it come about that parents are scared of the education establishment? Isn’t the education establishment supposed to serve the people?

Furthermore, the fear of serious repercussions by social justice warriors or cultural Marxists has become endemic. It is not the first time that we have had to pull an essay or change photos because someone was being furiously hunted down and attacked by social justice warriors.

For instance, on July 26, 2017, we published the article “I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military”. The original article was published with a picture of a soldier greeting President Trump, which was acquired through a public domain, military images service. The soldier had nothing to do with the issue, it was just a good photo. Nonetheless, a mob of people searched for the image online and finally tracked down the name of the soldier. They never checked to see if the name of the soldier in the picture matched the soldier’s name who wrote the article. Having found the name, they then went after any public contact information they could find and began an e-mail and phone campaign against the soldier (who had no idea what was going on) to try and get the man removed from the service. The social justice warriors emailed him, his relatives, and both his commanding officers and fellow soldiers, they messaged him, his wife, his friends and relatives through Facebook, they called his military base, his home, and anyone else they could get a hold of, saying all manner of nasty things and attempting to destroy his professional career and social circles. How do we know? He and his wife both called our office and emailed to share the details, bewildered by the hate that they were receiving and begging us to pull the photo, which we did.

Again, that is not an isolated incident.

Frankly, while I try to keep the tone and tenor of our articles respectful, having watched all manner of classroom disruptions, career attacks, riots, looting, personal assaults, sneaky propaganda, and worse by social justice warriors and cultural Marxists, I must say that they appear to be a clear and present threat to our civil society. With a religious fury, they attempt to destroy and discredit anyone who dares question their beliefs or, heaven help you, challenge their attempts to remake our country.

What is America if you are not free to disagree? What is America if we claim to uphold the 1st Amendment, but have mobs of people, both online and offline, who will do everything they can to destroy you if you don’t tow their ideological line? Even remaining neutral isn’t an option. They demand that you are either with them or against. Don’t agree with Antifa? Well then, you’re a Nazi. Don’t agree with certain transgender laws or policies? Well then, you’re a bigot and a transphobe. Don’t agree with Black Lives Matter? Well then, you’re a racist and a white supremacist.

Whether you are on the Right, the Left, or the Middle, we must push back against this radical attempt to silence civil discourse. Cultural Marxism is a national movement loosely united through Black Lives Matter, Antifa, social justice warriors, etc., funded by a variety of interests and supported, unfortunately, by many elites.

No matter your political beliefs, even if you agree with certain social justice positions, please do your best to defend civil, rational discourse in our country. Don’t label people ridiculous, unfounded terms or claim they are filled with hate for disagreeing with you. Listen, respond politely, listen, respond politely (even firmly), etc.; that’s how civil discourse goes. You will have to be brave, to have the courage to defend the freedoms passed on to us in order for future Americans, maybe your kids or grandkids, to enjoy them.

Finally, if you feel you must silence someone for disagreeing with you by assaulting him, shouting him down, getting him fired, etc., then you and your ideas are incredibly weak. Good ideas can weather critiques. It is tyrants and totalitarians who crush the freedom to disagree because they fear their ideas and power will be rejected. We must work very hard to prevent such a totalitarian suppression of free thought and civil discourse by social justice warriors and cultural Marxists. We must keep our country free.

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This post We Had to Pull the Article on Indoctrination was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Devin Foley.

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