Distorting History and Systemic Racism

Some have responded to my letter, “Teaching Propaganda”, stating that I am against teaching history! That’s not true, but what is true is that I am against teaching intentionally DISTORTED history for political purposes.  The Public Education Department’s (PED) “police brutality” Social Studies standard provides a perfect example.

Rather than a singular focus on police brutality, would it make more sense to include a standard on the “role of law enforcement in a civil society”?  Shouldn’t the full spectrum of law enforcement activities be taught BOTH the good and the bad.  This of course would include the statistical reality that in 2019 out of 53 million public/police interactions in the US, a whopping 0.0039 percent were determined to be actual cases of police brutality! (Law Enforcement Today website)  To impress upon students that police brutality is an ever present problem in our society is an obvious distortion of reality.  One has to wonder what PED hopes to accomplish by smearing law enforcement in New Mexico.  If they convince students this is true, how will this help our state, though it will make the “Defund the Police” knuckleheads, happy.

Similarly, with the standard that focuses on “conservatives”, should not the complete spectrum of political thought be included, i.e. liberal, independent etc.?  Wouldn’t a comparative analysis of all political perspectives more accurately describe our current and past history?  I believe conservatives are singled out because they stand in opposition to Governor Grisham.  The purpose of this standard is simply to grow more voters for her party.

And lastly the gun issue.  The Governor knows she can’t disarm you today, but maybe with continuous indoctrination, year after year in school, maybe your grandchildren will willingly disarm themselves.  

True, there are too many examples of gun violence in schools, but rather than a standard that focuses on guns, why not a standard that deals with the sources of violence in our society?  In other words, why not focus on potential CAUSES rather than one SYMPTOM.  

Use of executive agencies to further political goals is nothing new.  Please recall IRS targeting conservative organizations during the Obama administration; Hillary creating a Russian collusion hoax in 2016; and, most recently the FBI targeting parents who challenge their school board.  So, no surprise the Social Studies standards are a political tool for PED’s boss, our Governor.

As far as systemic racism goes, sure it existed in this country in the past, but today?  I have yet to see anyone identify SPECIFIC laws, regulations, policies, procedures and their application that are racist.  Is the Las Vegas City Charter racist?  Are the laws and regulations governing conduct of local governments racist?  Is our State Legislature racist?  “Systemic” means embedded everywhere in everything, so it should be easy for the believers to identify. Until then, it’s all smoke and mirrors. 


Frank Splendoria


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