A high school textbook, by Pearson, has educators, parents, and those seeking an education on edge of their seat after they found the content that taught a disturbing lesson about President Donald Trump and his supporters. It has been reported that the textbook allegedly, and perhaps indirectly, labels Trump as a racist and his supporters as mentally ill. The book allegedly contains numerous innuendos targeting Trump and his supporters and it appears as though the book might be on the verge of being listed as propaganda or materials utilized for crafting an indoctrination of students to believe history without factual information or information based on one-sided bias rather than bare-bones facts.
The Pearson high school history book is titled ‘By The People’ and a Twitter user named Alex On-Air has posted pictures of the content. Much of the content is biased one-sided information that heavily stresses information based on black and white people, rather than simply presenting the information as facts. It’s a feeble attempt to portray President Trump as being racist and his voters being poor white people who might also be racist. The pictures shown below highlight the most controversial lines of text in the book. It’s a history book, not a book that is designated to paint opinions or point out things like the color of people’s skin.
— Alex On-Air (@yoalexrapz) April 16, 2018
In case you didn’t think there was an effort going on in public schools to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda, a friend of mine took pictures and highlighted parts of this AP US History book. pic.twitter.com/rj2AN3MIqI
— Alex On-Air (@yoalexrapz) April 13, 2018
Teri Webster from The Blaze reported more on the blatantly biased high school history book: “What does this reflect?
“In case you didn’t think there was an effort going on in public schools to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda, a friend of mine took pictures and highlighted parts of this AP US History book,” the WNOW radio host wrote on Twitter.
The textbook, “By The People,” by James W. Fraser is geared for Advanced Placement high school students in grades 9-12, according to its publisher’s website. The book, published by textbook giant Pearson, is an updated edition and carries a 2019 copyright mark.
A section of the book reads:
Trump’s supporters saw the vote as a victory for the people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America–a mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group. Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender, and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history. They also worried about the mental instability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.
What else does it say?
Published photos of the book show that it also states:
Whatever people’s opinions, on January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the forty-fifth president of the United States. The inner circle of his advisors seemed to represent a mix of some deeply ideological conservatives, traditional politicians, and his family. His cabinet nominees were mostly highly successful business leaders who had made their fortunes and were now joining the team of another unusually successful businessman. They were largely white males, more so than any presidential cabinet since Ronald Reagan.
“By The People” also brings up former President Barack Obama’s tenure, stating: “Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust.”
Further, it promotes an “all-white-people-are-racists” narrative in a section about the activist group Black Lives Matter. The group entered the national stage through demonstrations it held after Michael Brown was k****d by Ferguson, Missouri police in 2014.
“The nearly all-white police force was seen as an occupying army in the mostly African American town,” the book states, adding, “…police increased the tensions, defacing memorials set up for Brown and using rubber bullets on demonstrators.”
Critics are calling the book blatantly biased and demand corrections are made to properly reflect history without the obvious bias. Many educators who fall on the far left might enjoy the book. Many on the far right may not. It appears the opinion of those in the middle and more centric of politics believe the book is still biased, which is why the book should be collected and disposed of, then have new books printed with the correct content. History books should be required to focus on the facts only and not include bias. Those who include bias should not be considered history books, but more so that of an opinion of history, and opinions are not always based on facts and can be very stretched to every extent of the imagination.