Daily Archives: January 21, 2023

What MAGA Folks Fail to Grasp Can Only Be Corrected Effectively by Education in the Humanities

There has been a lot of loose talk in some circles about the perceived need to “Make America Great Again (MAGA).” But the problem seems to be that those who are most vehement in their use of this slogan have very little understanding of what made America “great” in the first place.

While the rest of the world knows a great deal about American history, Americans themselves fail to grasp what others understand as a plain fact.  The United States was founded upon the premise of the genocide of the indigenous populations, built upon the labor provided to it through hundreds of years of trade in slaves and sustained throughout its history by a series of imperial resource wars designed to conquer ever more territory in the Western hemisphere or guarantee access to raw materials beyond its borders.

The  only means of dispelling this ignorance effectively is to expand — not eliminate — the capacity for critical self-understanding taught through a detailed and thoughtful study of local, national and global history, the arts and the humanities.  It is hardly surprising, therefore, that ideological MAGA enthusiasts are launching a pitched battle against the humanities and the teaching of history across the country.


Former President Trump has played an important role in stoking this ignorance, since he calculated it could help muster political support in his desperate and failed attempt to falsify the results of the 2020 national election.

Trump’s personal agenda — diffused pervasively through social media and sympathetic news channels — has seized the minds of a violent minority within the Republican Party, triggering a string of ideologically motivated acts of violence.

Fmr. lead investigator for the January 6th Select Committee speaks out

MSNBC Jan 20, 2023

Moreover, these same forces seem devoted to oppose any kind of education in the humanities (history, culture, social studies, languages, etc) that could help us all to understand the dilemmas American culture now confronts both within its own borders and throughout the world.

DeSantis blocks AP African American history course | ABCNL

ABC News Jan 20, 2023

ABC News deputy political director Averi Harper breaks down the move by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the backlash and what role this decision could play for AP courses nationally.

The sad and tragic outcome of this approach to promoting education-as-indoctrination is that stereotypes become rigidified and there can be little hope of transcending the current impasse in self-understanding for Americans caught in our cultural dilemmas of “Rubbish and Racism.”


We need to learn from the insights of the poet, William Butler Yeats as he noted nearly a century ago about the sentiments in the civil war in Ireland

“We had fed the heart on fantasies;
The heart’s grown brutal from the fare.”

W. B. Yeats, Meditations in Time of Civil War

American culture has fallen into the same trap.  Only a deeper understanding of the humanities can offer us a way forward.

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DeSantis Blocks AP African American Studies Class | The View

The View Jan 20, 2023

DeSantis blocks AP African American history course | ABCNL

ABC News Jan 20, 2023

ABC News deputy political director Averi Harper breaks down the move by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the backlash and what role this decision could play for AP courses nationally.

Fmr. lead investigator for the January 6th Select Committee speaks out

MSNBC Jan 20, 2023
Former lead investigator for the January 6th Select Committee Tim Heaphy discusses with Nicolle Wallace his experience working with the committee in his first TV interview.

Fox News, at apex of ‘ecosystem of disinformation,’ faces potential legal comeuppance

MSNBC Jan 21, 2023

Jeremy Peters, media and politics reporter for The New York Times, and David Plouffe, former Obama campaign manager, about the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News, for which Rupert Murdoch is sitting for a two-day deposition, and the corrosive effect Fox News has had on U.S. politics and Murdoch’s media empire has had on politics around the world.
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Little Tucker ATTACKS Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s Anti-White Supremacy Bill |Roland Martin

Roland S. Martin Premiered 10 hours ago

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced a bill aimed at fighting “white supremacy” by attaching criminal charges to certain forms of hate speech.

Of course, racist folks like Tucker Carlson has a lot to say about it.

Rep. Jackson Lee spoke with Roland Martin about her ongoing work to stop the spread of white extremism in America.

DeSantis BANS New AP African American Studies Class Sparking OUTRAGE | Roland Martin

Roland S. Martin Premiered 9 hours ago

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration blocked a new Advanced Placement course for high school students on African American studies.
Florida Department of Education’s Office of Articulation, which approves the AP curriculum vetoed the program because it was inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacked educational value. The FDOE did not elaborate on what the agency found objectionable.

The rejection of the Advanced Placement African American Studies course is a part of Desantis’ continuous efforts to ban race from being taught in Florida’s educational curriculum.

In 2021, the state enacted a law that banned teaching the history of systemic racism in the United States and materials from The 1619 Project. And Last year, DeSantis signed a bill restricting how schools can discuss race with students.

Florida State Representative Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell spoke with Roland Martin about DeSantis’ block on AP African American studies.

‘Shocked & disappointed’: Ron DeSantis blocks African American studies course

MSNBC Jan 20, 2023

Reginald Ellis, a Florida A&M Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, joins MSNBC’s Ali Velshi to discuss Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s state education department blocking Florida high schools from offering a new AP African American Studies course. » Subscribe to MSNBC:

Ron DeSantis Pushes To Permanently Ban Covid-19 Mandates In Florida | US News | English News LIVE

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Ron DeSantis Pushes To Permanently Ban Covid-19 Mandates In Florida | US News | English News LIVE Gov. Ron DeSantis announced several new policies targeted at stopping COVID-19 rules and mandates. While speaking in Panama City Tuesday, DeSantis laid out a plan to permanently ban COVID-19 mask requirements in Florida, ban vaccine and mask requirements in all schools, ban “so-called” vaccine passports in Florida and prohibit companies from hiring or firing workers based on vaccination status.

California begins recovery efforts as storm damage tops $1 billion

PBS NewsHour – Jan 21, 2023

California has started rebuilding after weeks of intense storms caused damage estimated to exceed $1 billion. President Biden declared a major disaster for the state, which frees up federal resources to help in the recovery. Stephanie Sy spoke with Brian Ferguson from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services about the ongoing recovery efforts.