Many are contending that the updated Advanced Placement (AP) high school U.S. History textbook published by Pearson reads more like a New York Times op-ed – a political tool replete with teaching that President Donald Trump is mentally ill and that his supporters and most whites are racist.
The AP Edition of the giant school publishers’ text, By The People, carries on the anti-Trump narrative when covering the 2016 presidential election, portraying him and white Americans as racists living in the past who are yearning to oppress minorities – similar to the way those from the pre-Civil Rights movement era and the time of slavery did.
“Trump’s supporters saw the vote as a victory for the people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America – a mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group,” the school text authored by James W. Fraser reads, according to The American Mirror. “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.”
Not stopping there, Fraser intentionally plants the idea in high schoolers’ minds that Trump is crazy and unfit to be the commander-in-chief.
“They also worried about the mental instability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation,” the text continues.
Anti-conservative Indoctrination 101 for high schoolers?
Written for 9th- to 12th-grade history students, the book is copyrighted for 2019, but Indianapolis talk show host Alex On-Air in Indianapolis, Indiana, was able to share glimpses of the textbook with his listeners.
“In case you didn’t think there was an effort going on in public schools to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda, a friend of mine took pictures and highlighted parts of this AP US History book,” the WNOW radio program host tweeted Friday.
Journalists also reported on Pearson’s extreme leftist rendition of U.S. History that is deceptively being presented to high school students as nonfiction.
“American schools are the battlefield for our children’s minds, and progressives are in charge of it all – from writing the textbooks, to those reading them aloud in class,” The American Mirror reported Sunday. “Note the book qualifies the opinions with ‘some said’ – a common tactic to insert one’s own opinion. There is no contrary opinion offered.”
The text does its best to stigmatize Republicans and the Trump administration as being predominantly rich, power-hungry male chauvinists.
“Whatever people’s opinions, on January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States,” the book states, according to The American Mirror. “The inner circle of his advisors seemed to represent a mix of some deeply ideological conservatives, traditional politicians and his family. His cabinet nominees were mostly highly successful business leaders who had made their fortunes and were now joining the team of another unusually successful businessman. They were largely white males – more so than any presidential cabinet since Ronald Reagan.”
Trump was then colored as manipulating the disadvantaged and appealing to fellow racists to sneak into the White House.
“He was strongly anti-free trade as Sanders was and – like Sanders among the Democrats – Trump tapped into the sense of alienation and ‘being left behind’ that many voters – most of all white poor and working-class voters – felt,” Fraser wrote. “Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric and, some said, his not-very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters–more voters than any other single Republican candidate.”
The wording of the text in a section about former President Barack Obama asserts that white Christians were uncomfortable having a black president.
“Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust,” the Pearson book insists.
The book goes on to celebrate Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters and condemn a “racist” police department when giving its own leftist rendition of the riots after Michael Brown was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
“[Brown] was left on the street for over four hours while his parents were kept away at gunpoint,” the History book claims. “The nearly all-white police force was seen as an occupying army in the mostly African American town, [and] police increased the tensions, defacing memorials set up for Brown and using rubber bullets on demonstrators.”
Beyond Fraser’s left-leaning re-creation of U.S. History, the so-called “social justice” gospel – complete with LGBT activism repackaged as the new “civil rights movement” – is alive and well in America’s public schools.
“The history textbook – [which] promotes an ‘all-white-people-are-racists’ [theme] in its BLM section – is just one example of how the liberal agenda is promoted in schools,” TheBlaze explained. “In another recent example, members of the LGBT community are pushing for legislation in Illinois that would require public schools to teach LGBT history.”
It is also argued that public school curricula is jumping on the bandwagon to forward the narrative pushed by the mainstream media that there is a “white supremacy” movement being carried out by Trump and his ultra-right followers.
“Another example is parents of students at New Trier High School – located in an upscale, mostly-white suburb of Chicago – [where] parents were upset about teachings at a seminar on ‘understanding today’s struggle for racial civil rights,’ [with] some call[ing] it a way to force ‘social justice’ issues the school’s 4,000 students,” TheBlaze’s Teri Webster noted. “School and district officials defended the seminar as a way to teach current events.”