I don’t have time to write this post right now — hopefully I’ll get to it before too long.
But I did want to post these paragraphs now while people are looking for this.
These relate to a story on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC tonight (Aug 24, 2011) on Rick Perry and David Barton, and Barton’s views as reported by the Washington Monthly:
Barton and Peter Marshall initially tried to purge the standards of key figures of the civil rights era, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall, though they were forced to back down amid a deafening public uproar. They have since resorted to a more subtle tack; while they concede that people like Martin Luther King Jr. deserve a place in history, they argue that they shouldn’t be given credit for advancing the rights of minorities. As Barton put it, “Only majorities can expand political rights in America’s constitutional society.” Ergo, any rights people of color have were handed to them by whites—in his view, mostly white Republican men.
Barton review of proposed revised Texas social studies standards:
Donald McLeroy, leader of the right-wing block of the State Board of Education, used this argument from Barton as the Board was re-writing the Social Studies standards for the State of Texas: