Oklahoma school district has second thoughts about 'rap' history

Our Founding fathers were not perfect beings. They were human. They had flaws galore. Some of them - Alexander Hamilton comes to mind - were not always acting in the best interests of the young country.

But I think we could all agree that this program in an Oklahoma school district took the concept of "balanced" history a little too far.

PUBLIC officials in Oklahoma were forced to halt the use of a rap-themed education tool for at-risk students after critics complained about the curriculum's lyrics, some of which refer to the U.S. founding fathers as "old dead white men".

The program, known as Flocabulary, uses raps and rhymes to help students learn academic content. It includes music and corresponding textbooks that explain the lyrics line by line, reported The Oklahoman yesterday.

The Oklahoma City school district said it would put the program on hold to evaluate it after 15 teachers complained about its version of U.S. history. "

Just what was that 'version of US history?"

One song, entitled "Old Dead White Men" gives an account of the leadership of early US presidents. Some of its lyrics about James Monroe include, "White men getting richer than Enron. They stepping on Indians, women and blacks. Era of Good Feeling doesn't come with the facts."

The song goes on to say, "Andrew Jackson, thinks he's a tough guy. Killing more Indians than there are stars in the sky. Evil wars of Florida killing the Seminoles. Saying hello, putting Creek in the hell holes. Like Adolf Hitler he had the final solution. 'No, Indians, I don't want you to live here anymore.'"

"The science behind the concept is wonderful," Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer said, according to The Oklahoman. "There may be some things, though, that are inappropriate that we need to be careful about."

Yes, Karl. It's a shame you didn't notice those "inappropriate" things until after the curricula had been taught.

The irony, of course, is that without those "dead white males," the rappers would not have the freedom to trash them. But that kind of subtlety goes way over the head of these cretins whose grasp of American history is that of a 5 year old.

HT: John McMahon

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