On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown (D. Ca.) signed into law a bill that mandates that all California schools add lessons about gay and lesbians to their Social Studies programs. Whether you have issues with gay rights or not, this law should outrage you for what it not so subtly accomplishes…divisiveness.
California law already requires schools to teach about women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor.
‘[t]his bill will require California schools to present a more accurate and nuanced view of American history in our social science curriculum by recognizing the accomplishments of groups that are not often recognized,’ said Assembly Speaker John Perez, the first openly gay speaker of the California Assembly. [emphasis supplied]
What the heck is a “nuanced view of American history”?
But, I digress.
Notice, in California, at least, we have gay Americans, female Americans, black Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, European Americans and American Indians.
It appears that the liberals love to “label” people. Some would argue they do so in order to be able to pit one group against another. But, dividing this country by labels, to me at least, is pathetic. Are Americans’ contributions to history any greater because the contributor was, for example, black or female or gay?
Do our school administrators now have to search “by category” to find accomplishments, and teach those accomplishments, whether significant or not?
It seems to me that in our effort to eliminate discrimination of whatever kind, all we are doing is fostering discrimination.