Skip to comments.Obama biography, required reading, tells fourth-graders that white Americans are racists
Posted on 11/22/2013 12:03:51 PM PST by rarestia
Some parents in Dupo, Ill. are not happy that a biography of President Barack Obama is required reading for fourth-graders. They say the book contains a host of controversial elements, not least of which is that it casts white Americans who disagree with Obamas politics as racist.
Fourth-grade students at Bluffview Elementary School were instructed that they would be tested and graded on the books contents, reports EAGnews.org.
The book, called simply Barack Obama, is published by Lerner Publications. The author, Jane Sutcliffe, appears to specialize in these kinds of biographies. She has written similar titles about Jesse Owens, Ronald Reagan, Sacagawea and Milton Hershey.
The kerfuffle about the book originally bubbled up through a Facebook page called Moms Against Duncan (MAD). The group actively opposes implementation of the Common Core curriculum.
EAGNews notes that the Obama book is part of Scholastics Reading Counts program and an acceptable title under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which attempts to standardize various K-12 curricula around the country.
You can view a sample of the bio on Google Books.
The book continually identifies Obama on a first-name basis. It bizarrely blames the evils of television for learning ways to be black that are hilariously caricatured, stereotypical and negative.
When Barry looked in the mirror, he saw a young black man. But he didnt know how to be black. And no one was there to teach him.
He decided to act like the black characters he saw on TV. He started acting tough. He cursed. Was that what it meant to be black?
As he got older, he started smoking and drinking. He tried drugs. Was that what it meant to be black?
Its not clear if Sutcliffe purposefully conflates being a black American with acting tough, cussing, smoking and drinking and doing drugs.
Sutcliffe is white, according to her Amazon.com author page.
The Obama biography goes on to charge that white Americans did not want to vote for Obama because of his skin color. However, it neatly explains, Americas 44th president was able to bring everybody together in blissful unity.
But some people said Americans werent ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Baracks former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.
The book then recounts Obamas March 2008 speech about race.
Barack decided it was time to speak to Americans about race, the next paragraph pedantically explains. Black people and white people were too often angry with one another. All people were going to have to work together to solve the countrys problems. Only in that way could Americans make a more perfect United States.
Its not clear if the books author believes the United States is now more perfect some six years into the Obama presidency.
Not a shred of narcissism from the guy at all.
I always hear that about every president and roll my eyes. This time I actually wonder. I cant decide if he wants to remain in the office, or if he would be satisfies with installing a one party government, letting another step in, and he remain some dear leader emeritus.
(freeing him to solely hug children, smoke, go on vacations, and golf)
There sure are a lot of teachers/education bureaucrats that could use a good scourging.
Barack decided it was time to speak to Americans about race”
I just threw up in my mouth a little.
There’s not enough White Guilt. They need more to justify confiscating money and property and giving it to slackers who vote democrat.
Wait until the kids get my book on Barry. They’ll have to expand the vocabulary quite a bit!
That book has no business being used in a school. It is racist. Obama is racist. He complains of sterotypes that caused him to act and be angry at whites. What does he think is happening when blacks target white kids and beat them up? A lot more of that happening, very little the other way around. So... blacks now (and for the last few decades) are inherently more racist particularly since they assault whites in ever increasing incidents. And Obama is a racist for fomenting more attacks by indoctrinating young black children.
Messianic figureheads come a dime a dozen - the MSM can whip one up in the time it takes to deliver a convention keynote address.
Its the army of unelected bureaucrats behind it that are calling the shots. And except for an increasing leftwing radicalism they haven't changed for 75 years.
“But he didnt know how to be black. And no one was there to teach him.”
.... Frank Marshall ...
I thought Reagan was great. I suppose I wouldn’t have minded favorable studies about him. Reagan loved this nation. He saw it as a shining city on a hill.
Obama is not great. He is a small vindictive man. I do mind favorable studies about him. He hates this nation. He sees it as the worst influence globally since we became a global player.
He’d rather have Muslim Brotherhood advisers than sound citizen advisers.
The guy has been damaged goods for a long long time.
He is unqualified, unfit, and probably not even a legally candidate for the position he holds. I’m not even sure he’s qualified to be on U. S. soil.
Look at the deterioration of this nation since he came on board. At some point, even the dumbest have to begin to ask questions of themselves.
4th grade isn’t too young to learn “liar”, “traitor”, “thief”, “tyrant”, “murderer” ...
Might be a bit young for “faggot”, although I think I knew that word by 9 or 10 yo.
Indoctrination and programming whites to believe they are racist, so when they are the victim of the “knockout” game, they will feel that they deserve it.
So ...Barry was raised by racists.
In today’s America, there is nothing controversial about saying all whites are racist.
Heck, that’s just a given.
I wonder if the book says anything about Blacks attacking Whites and laughing about it.
I never used to be one but I think I’m quickly turning that corner.
It took parents to point out this book? Is the entire school system so corrupt that this pile of bias is allowed to brainwash the kids, without question?
I would bet a lot more white people have racist thoughts after 5 years of Obama. Not to mention Al Sharpton, Travon, the “knock out game”, etc.
I didn’t see anything objectionable about this author’s treatment of Ronald Reagan in the Amazon preview of her Reagan book. The part I saw seemed to give him credit for his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall and his call for freedom. So she’s not a total far leftist because the true believers rate Reagan somewhat lower than Pol Pot.
The term "racist" is irrelevant today. People are stupid for falling for the ruse of letting down their guard lest they be called racist. I've been attacked numerous times in my youth by blacks, yet I count many blacks as my friends. I hate the feral type of black punks that attack others for no reason than they like to do so.
Never consider yourself racist, for being careful and trying to survive. If set upon, kill the sucka if you have too, but don't blame yourself.
Totalitarian group think.
“I cant decide if he wants to remain in the office, or if he would be satisfies with installing a one party government,”
Personally, I think the Dems are going to get their clocks cleaned in 2014. I think Barry might resign to take the helm of the UN. The mantra of the enlightened class will be that “The United States is too beneath a man of such genius”. In reality, the goal of Obama is to inflict a steady diet of Joe Biden on us for not giving him congress in 2014.
That’s my prediction and I am sticking to it :-)!
During Election 2000 (Bush v Gore), I had a 14 year old girl ask me if slavery would really come back if Bush was elected. Instead of doing what the Leftist teachers do, and telling her what to think, I tried my usual Socratic method to guide her to find the answer herself. I asked her, "Was there slavery 7 years ago when his father was still President? You were alive then." She said, "Yes, I think so."
THIS is what we are up against.
Why are they required to read an Obama biography? Do they read any other Presidential biographies? Why are the Department of Education and the Democratic leaning teacher’s unions allowed to do this?
“Theyll have to expand the vocabulary quite a bit!”
You’re a better person than I am ... mine will be a leaflet rated NC-17.
I’ll probably never actually be a racist. I’ve been too many places and seen too many diverse things to ever really become as hateful and intolerant as the lefties out there. I don’t tolerate intolerance very well. LOL!
(One of my favorites: he decried that the student body kept becoming "more diverse" while the faculty essentially stayed the same. I asked him if that meant there would be racial preferences used in hiring practices... after a long pause, he said "Of course there won't be. That would be illegal." My reply: "So why are you telling us this? Are you asking us to change? I'll claim to be Hispanic if you really need me to." (I have a nice Mediterranean tan going most of the time, thanks to some distant Cherokee in my bloodline.)
(Another: They were urging a NEW!! program... since the high-achievers had special classes, and the special needs kids had special classes, it was "unfair" that there were no special classes for the kids "that were lost in the middle". The genius solution? Hand-pick "middle" students we thought were most likely to succeed in the new program. When I pointed out that this would merely test our abilities to pick successful kids, rather than to see if the program worked on a random selection of those supposedly "lost" kids in the middle, I was rebuffed. Actually, I think that's when the ignoring began. LOL)
Homeschool or Die.
I don't remember TV showing black men as druggie hoodlams. On the contrary, they were portrayed as hilariously funny, intelligent, hard-working good citizens. Sanford and Son. Cosby. Flip Wilson. Lots of movies with Sidney Poitier showing the stupidity of racism and the dignity of black men.
I'm 58 and I don't think I learned that word until I was a teenager. We did however use the word 'homo' a lot at that age..................
The author is lilly-white, who more than likely has never had more than 1 “person of color” as a friend ever before. But yet I suppose she’s a good author of crap like this because she “feeeeeeeeeeeeeeels”. Or some such crap.
When will it end? Thank goodness for some parents who are still conservative, but when these kids grow up —— what then? I wonder what % of libs are now going into teaching.
And —— thank goodness for teachers like you!!
Oh-— new programs? Years ago when my kids were in elem., the 4th grade tried something. They paired the A students with the F students, and the Bs with the Cs, thinking that the lower grades would catch up by the influence with the ‘smarter’ kids. In a few months it was dropped. The failing students were totally lost, and in the other group, the B students dropped down. So much for experimentation.
So that’s why obama is such a racist, he’s half white.
Leading from “behind” as it were... yep. Servant leadership, that’s who obi-wan is, just a server...lol.
Children are not stupid and will see through this....however they will believe this crap when they get to college.
Obama believes in genocide against whites. We WILL NEVER criticize any violence against them. He is a monster on par with Hitler...but apparently less impulsive. If he were more impulsive we’d already have death camps.