Stealth Approach to Critical Ethnic Studies hits universities | Thomas Elias | Chroniclers
Ethnic studies courses are not new to the many campuses in the California State University system, but they are set to become a graduation requirement for anyone seeking a degree from first cycle of CSU.
These courses are increasingly under the sway of the authors of the rejected version of California’s Model Ethnic Studies curriculum for elementary and high school students.
Some of these same authors are also writing and influencing new ethnic studies programs commissioned by local school districts, each of which may adopt an individualized version of these programs, to be included in the lessons of virtually every class taught by those districts.
It is a form of guerrilla warfare, with the inaccurate version of ethnic studies rejected and rewritten before the state embraces its model program that is supposed to gradually creep through the back doors of thousands of classrooms and into the mind. millions of schoolchildren.
The rejected version portrays virtually all white people as oppressors throughout history, with all other ethnic groups as their victims. In reality, human history has been much more complex. An example: European whites led the African slave trade which brought most blacks to the Americas. But it could not have worked without the help of the Africans who waged war and enslaved other Africans, then brought them to ports where they were sold to European slave traders. Thus, whites were far from alone in the slave trade, which still persists on a large scale across much of the Muslim world – something almost never mentioned in critical ethnic studies.
The same rejected version ironically portrays Jews as privileged oppressors despite their eons of persecution in every way imaginable, from slavery and expropriation to mass expulsions and genocide to state-sponsored fires and the church at the stake.
This is why early versions of the California Ethnic Studies Plan were rejected. But now, many local school board members voting millions of dollars to write new curricula for local schools and allocating over millions to hire teachers to spread the rejected disinformation have no idea which side of the story is. which reflects the reality and what is a selfish fantasy of the authors of the first draft rejected by the state.
This is happening not only in local districts, but also at the college and university level, where some students learn a twisted history making whites and the tiny Jewish minority among them the vilest of villains.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than in a UCLA course taught by Ethnic Studies Asst. Professor Loubna Qutami, titled “Palestine in the Frameworks of Comparative Ethnic Studies”.
This is the same Qutami who wrote on a blog several years ago that she had “decided to engage me entirely in Palestine”.
She also wrote that her mother’s family were forcibly driven from the Israeli city of Haifa during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence which saw Israel invaded by armies from seven Arab states including Egypt, Syria. , Iraq and Jordan.
When asked by email which frameworks his class would cover, Qutami did not respond. She also did not respond when asked how she would react if a student informed her in class that Arabs in Haifa had not been expelled in 1948, the city having long had a large Arab population.
She also wouldn’t say how she could treat a student from Israel who enrolled in her class.
It is difficult to understand why this course taught by someone who has declared himself a strong supporter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be subsidized as an objective learning by taxpayers at the most requested UC campus among scholars. high school graduates.
But the consequences could end up going much further. Classes like this, promoting anti-Jewish “alternative facts”, were commonplace for decades in German schools, laying the groundwork for the Holocaust.
The violent effects of programs like this, which may soon become widespread, at the state university level, may not be felt for many years to come.
But their influence would likely be strong, as they “educate” many people who will be teaching ethnic studies for the foreseeable future.
In the meantime, they could poison the university atmosphere in California not only for Jews, but for other whites like Armenian-Americans and Irish-Americans who have fought discrimination for generations.
Email Thomas Elias at firstname.lastname@example.org. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It”, is now available in a softcover fourth edition. For more articles on Elias, visit www.californiafocus.net