When is history not history? When it’s written by legislative fiat.
California Sen. Mark Leno (D) has sponsored legislation requiring schools to include historical contributions by gays and lesbians. It passed on a party line vote and went to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for signature this week.
Gays and lesbians are only another in a long line of groups California requires its texts. It already requires history about women, African-Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians, and labor. But in fairness they aren’t alone in writing history by legislative order. Other states, most notably Texas, have legislated a pantload of changes too – albeit at the other end of the political spectrum.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiono (D) reasons gays and lesbians are under-represented in current history books. True enough, but then he goes on to explain CA needs the legislation, “because of the bullying that happens to gay students.”
For their part, Republicans called it a well-intentioned, but ill-conceived bill. That’s fair too, but Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) was offended as a Christian that the bill would promote a “homosexual agenda” in public schools.
“I think it’s one thing to say that we should be tolerant,” Donnelly said. (STOP TALKING BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE TIMMY!) “It is something else altogether to say that my children are going to be taught that this lifestyle is good.” (DUH’O!)
Practically speaking, neither argument holds much water.
I have no problem with teaching kids that former UN Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld was gay, but I don’t think a schoolyard bully is going to let that get in the way of pounding the crap out of a gay kid nor will the gay kid yell, “Hey! Dag Hammarskjöld is one of MY people!” when the bully steals his lunch money.
Hammarskjöld is a legitimate historical figure and should be discussed in the relevent historical context. However, I don’t see how that “promotes the homosexual agenda”. “Martha, did you know that Dog Hammarwhatisname was Swedish? I don’t want Timmy to be exposed to that Swedish agenda!”
History is history. Sometimes Christians make it. Sometimes homosexuals make it. There are contributions from every community. Labor’s there too, as is business and hundreds of other history making groups. Even this enforced historical polemic is history. It highlights the absurd twists we’ll go through to stamp our ideological prejudices on the next generation. It is, unfortunately, the history of our time.
Oddly, perhaps the only good sign in all this idiocy is that kids do poorly in history.
If we’re lucky, the next generation won’t remember any more history than the current pack of loons learned back in their day.
Cross posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!