I'm still trying to process how Carlson wrote about wanting to PUNCH A 69-YEAR-OLD MINISTER IN THE FACE because the civil rights leader had the audacity to denounce white supremacy while touring a memorial to the slave trade.
"This former ally of Martin Luther King Jr. said that white supremacy was bad ..."
And that wasn't some off-the-cuff comment or some gotcha in a hostile account.

He wrote about wanting to punch an elderly minister himself! In his own book!

"Yes," he thought to himself, "that makes me sound cool and not remotely like a racist sociopath."
Sorry, the punching-the-minister fantasy was in a piece he wrote for Esquire, while the lies about his first grade teacher were in the book he wrote.

Hard to keep track of all the lies. I can see why Fox News' legal team argued this in court.


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What's really remarkable about all this is how many critics of Critical Race Theory believe -- with 100% confidence -- that it was designed specifically and solely to make white kids feel bad.

Which is both insane and a deeply narcissistic & self-centered way to see the world.
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Deleting this thread because I think people are right in noting that I misread the legislature's language a bit.

Though it seems what they wrote is actually worse?
I read the highlighted lines as Florida only wanting American history to deal with the founding era -- it's poorly written, and the emphasis on "the creation of a new nation" threw me -- but as others noted, the emphasis seems to be on the *principles* of the new nation.
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You can't just focus on the intentions. You've got to address what happened after (and before!) that big moment.
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Generals Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton toured the camp. The sights and smells of what had happened there -- torture, mutilation, murder -- were so overpowering that even a veteran soldier like Patton (on the left here at the camp) turned away and vomited.
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I just found my dad's notebook from an Introduction to American Government course he took at Kansas State in the summer of 1965, and it is phenomenal.
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I'm wondering if this, in July 1965, was the first time he'd heard about this new "Medi Care"
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We hope this collection does that.
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There's bipartisan opposition when the questions are presented in Republicans' odd framing by a Republican polling outfit, a detail which is finally revealed in the tenth paragraph here.
Should we teach students that race is THE most important thing about them?

Who's actually proposing that?
Should we teach students that racism is the cause of ALL differences in outcomes and achievement? Every single one? Every time?

Again, who's actually arguing that?
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