Some parents in Dupo, Ill., (surely a group of white suburban moms) are upset that their fourth-graders are being asked to read, for a grade, a book which recounts one mulatto teenager’s struggle to come to terms with his blackness in a white world: a struggle that leads him to drink, smoke, swear and use drugs.
That youngster would later grow up to be the 44th President of the United States of America.
From the book, titled Barack Obama:
The book, written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner, is included on Scholastic’s Common Core-approved “Reading Counts” program.
Later in the book, after Obama overcomes his pigment-related crisis of identity, Sutcliffe explains to her young readers that the Nation’s white majority wasn’t ready to embrace a black man, especially one with Presidential ambitions.
“But some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack’s former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.”
The book came to public light thanks to the newly created Facebook group Moms Against Duncan, which was started in protest of the Federal government’s Common Core initiative. The group was formed on the heels of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s claim that discontent with the new education standards is coming mostly from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”
On its Facebook page, the group explains its mission thusly: “We are trying to be not only a pushback to Duncan but also a group of action. We are asking every mom (and the guys too!) to actively recruit parents to opt out of all testing. We only need 10% of students from every school to refuse Arne’s tests. This will corrupt the data, protect the teachers and begin the shut down of Common Core!! Moms, this can be done! Let’s show Arne what REAL mom pushback looks like!”
Here are a few pages from Barack Obama:
If this all seems vaguely familiar: