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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Florida potentialy outlaws every book about people of color, every single one.

According to new Florida law, the stop WOKE act, it is literally impossible for any book about black Americans or any American of color who had to overcome an obstacle put in front of them by a white person or by the power structure of our nation to ever be in compliance with the law.

From the Tallahassee Democrat:

“Stop WOKE” was approved in March, mostly along party lines in the Republican-led Legislature. It prohibits any teaching that could make students feel they bear personal responsibility for historic wrongs because of their race, color, sex or national origin.

Could make. Think about that, just, could make.

I felt bad after I watched roots as a kid. I was broken up about the tail of tears, and as somebody whose great great great great grandfather came from Germany, and it didn't matter it was two hundred years before it occurred, learning about the Holocaust broke me for a moment.   

If you didn't become upset learning about Jim Crow and civil rights in school, it was because your teacher wasn't teaching it right. 

Think about this, every book where a person of color had to overcome an obstacle, usually put in their way by a white person of the time, could make students, sorry white students feel like they bear personal responsibility, especially if they have shrugged their shoulders while similar occurrences have happened around them.

I may not have committed the same sins that many members of the white race did, but that doesn't mean I can't feel some regret, remorse, and even personal responsibility for those sins, the sins my tribe has committed. Learning about those things has made me a better person and if we don't allow the next generation to learn them it will rob them of the chance to be better people as well.

 And in case you think I am being to hyperbolic ask the authors of Roberto Clemente, Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates what they think.  

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