Saturday, November 08, 2014
Saturday Reading - "The Left and the Distortion of History"
When our young people are denied accurate history, whether good or bad, they are being disadvantaged by our education system...
At AmericanThinker.com, John L. Hancock posted this as part of a long disconcerting article about the title's premise:
"For the 9th century, Alfred was a very enlightened king who was loved by his people and for this reason he is the only king in English history to be bestowed the moniker 'the Great.' Alfred the Great, the father of England and education king.
So why would the history professors be opposed to a memorial to this great proponent of education? The truth is that the opposition to Alfred had more to do with what he symbolizes rather than actual history.
Linda Mitchell, who specializes in Medieval history, was one of the protesting professors. As she explained in a New York Times interview, Alfred 'is not a good logo to promote a modern university because virtually any historical figure who had any social or political influence is undoubtedly going to be a D.W.E.M. -- dead white European male,' she said, 'it would be foolish to choose a symbol so exclusive and effective in emphasizing the straight white male power structure of history.'
For Alfred, being a DWEM (Dead White European Male) means that his great achievements are to be ignored because they do not fit into the ideologically-driven, anti-Western civilization, revisionist history that is currently being taught in schools."