The WASHINGTON Post this week ran a column titled, “George Washington University needs a new name.” Why? “Systemic racism, institutional inequality and white supremacy.”
The Washington Post column argues, “Every day, hundreds of Black students walk on a campus named after an enslaver of men and study at a site named after dark parts of history. . . The controversial Winston Churchill Library must go. The university’s contentious colonial moniker must go. Even the university’s name, mascot and motto — ‘Hail Thee George Washington’— must be replaced.”
The day after the Washington Post column, VICE News published a hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis because he signed a bill requiring students to learn about the “victims of communism.”
VICE News framed it this way: “In his ongoing effort to turn Florida’s schools into the education wing of the Republican Party, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday that establishes November 7 as ‘Victims of Communism’ Day and adds a required 45 minutes of classroom instruction per year on the subject.” The outlet called the instruction “nakedly political.”
Of course, communist regimes are responsible for millions of human deaths. The Chinese Communist Party is right now engaged in genocide against the Uyghur people, an ethnic minority.
That teaching students of this horror is deemed “talking sh** about communism” by a prominent mainstream media outlet is yet another urgent call to recognize the insane ideological takeover of American institutions.
(And lest someone adjust their spectacles and say, “Whaddabout conservatives who don’t want to teach kids about slavery,” no serious person is arguing students shouldn’t learn about the horrors of slavery. There is near-universal approval to teach students about ugly parts of America’s history. The North Carolina legislature passed a bill just last year (which Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed) affirming the school system’s responsibility to teach about “historical oppression  based on race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, or geographic region.”)