Slander at Selma
Last Sunday should have been a serious remembrance of the brutality of Jim Crow Democrats vs. the courage of civil rights demonstrators. Instead, it became a backdrop to President Biden’s vicious and false attacks on contemporary Republicans.
Bloody Sunday marks the day peaceful marchers were brutally beaten by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., James Freeman reports to readers of the WSJ what took place in the 1965 anniversary in Selma, Alabama.
Mr. Biden outrageously pretended that his political rivals are seeking to prevent people from learning of this history. Mr. Biden said, according to the White House transcript:
President Biden Undermines Democracy
The truth matters — notwithstanding what the other team is trying to hide. They’re trying to hide the truth.
No matter how hard some people try, we can’t just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know.
We should learn everything — the good, the bad, the truth — of who we are as a nation.
And everyone should know the truth of Selma.
From Katie Rogers in the New York Times:
During his remarks, Mr. Biden took aim at efforts by Republican politicians — most notably Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who is pondering running for president in 2024 — to restrict how race-related issues are taught.
2023 Republicans vs. 1965 Democrats
“News consumers could easily come away with the false impression that 2023 Republicans are nearly as bad as 1965 Democrats,” argues Mr. Freeman.
… Gov. DeSantis is the one standing up for accurate history—including the teaching of shameful events in the nation’s past—and against an effort to replace fact with the contemporary fictions of the radical left. Biden allies at the country’s largest teachers union have been pushing Marxist narratives that struggled to meet even the editorial standards of Comedy Central.
Mr. Biden is attempting to mislead voters on this subject because he knows that if he explained what Mr. DeSantis is really opposing, most voters of all backgrounds would agree with the Florida governor.
Vindication for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
From the WSJ:
Florida rejected the last version of the curriculum, which featured topics on “Black Queer Studies,” “‘Postracial’ Racism,” and “the case for reparations.”
That framework suggested teens read a text from an academic exponent of critical race theory. “We believe in teaching kids facts and how to think,” Mr. DeSantis said, “but we don’t believe they should have an agenda imposed on them.”
President Joe Biden’s remarks didn’t end with the educational distortions, observes Mr. Freeman:
The President resumed his disgraceful habit of treating reasonable differences of opinion on the best ways to ensure accessible and accurate voting as a contest between good and evil. Mr. Biden said, according to the White House transcript, that “as I come here in commemoration — not for show — Selma is a reckoning.”
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