It has become fashionable, of late, to erase any positive references to some of Western Civilization’s most important historical figures, and instead place the spotlight on what modern sensibilities judge as their sins and foibles.
In the South, Civil War monuments are coming down by the day, the Los Angeles City Council voted to eliminate Columbus Day from the calendar in favor of “Indigenous People’s Day,” and if Chicago Bishop James Dukes gets his way, George Washington and his statue will be scrubbed from Washington Park on the south side as well.
I imagine it’s only a matter of time before McDonald’s is forced to take down their statues of Ronald McDonald in the event that they become offensive to gingers. If not, “the resistance” will surely give Mayor McCheese the business at his next town hall.
Now, the forces of political correctness want California’s fourth grade mission project to be the next rite of passage to bite the dust.
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that California’s new history and social science framework, passed by the state Board of Education last year, recommends against the longtime tradition of building miniature replicas of the state’s Spanish colonial missions, calling it “insensitive.”
According to the framework, “Building missions from sugar cubes or popsicle sticks does not help students understand the period and is offensive to many. … Missions were sites of conflict, conquest and forced labor.”
In place of the mission project, the guidelines recommend that educators spend time teaching students about the impacts of the missions on the state’s people and its natural environment.
In other words, who cares about how California’s forefathers planted the seeds for the dynamic society we live in today, let’s focus only on the negative, and while we’re at it, let’s criticize their carbon emissions and ding them for the fact that most of their missions weren’t wheelchair accessible!
This is unfortunately only the latest example of the activist left trying to scrub any kind of positive mention of Spanish missionaries from California’s history.
In February 2015, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, introduced a bill in the California Legislature that would remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra at the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol and replace it with one of astronaut Sally Ride. Serra was an 18th century Franciscan friar who created the…