Illinois lawmaker wants to remove history classes

| August 8, 2020

IL State Rep La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) – History skeptic

You’d be mistaken for believing that this is an article from The Onion or The Babylon Bee, but this isn’t satire. Sadly. A sitting Illinois state representative, La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) is “calling for the abolishment of history classes in Illinois.” Again, this isn’t a joke. He held a press conference to announce this!

Now why on Earth would a government official want to see history removed from public schools? He says, “We’re concerned that current school history teachings lead to white privilege and a racist society.” Like all that racism, like in Ford’s native in Chicago, that forced Jussie Smollett to hire two Nigerian dudes to beat him up to stage a hate crime?

Now it’s been a couple decades since I was in public school, but I recall a significant amount of time being devoted to the racist things in America’s past. Slavery, the Civil War, Dred Scott, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and all the unpleasantness between settlers and Natives. Things like the everlasting brilliance of the Constitution were glossed over, as I was taught it was “a living document” easily changed to suit the times. We went to the moon, sure, but look at the Trail of Tears. This is why I don’t see what Representative Ford is looking for. It’s not like Illinois is known as a bastion of orthodox conservative views.

As I noted earlier today, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I still think those that willfully and purposefully destroy the past are intending to repeat it.

Full story: Washington Times

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  1. Just Lurkin says:

    Nonsense-we have always been at war with EastAsia!

    • Anonymous says:

      Down the memory hole! He who controls the past, controls the future!

      • rgr769 says:

        Who knew the guy who wrote “1984” was a modern day Nostradamus who just got the year of his prophesies wrong by about 40 years. Then by 2060, the movie “Idiocracy” will be a quaint, cautionary tale about what has come to pass in this nation, after 40 years of D-rat approved public education curricula.

  2. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Here’s the kicker in all this… one of the book companies that sells to schools either has this and the curriculum on-hand and ready to sell or they’re working on this now.

  3. Only Army Mom says:

    Lots of folks have told me LeShawn is “one of the good guys” because he supposedly stands with and for veterans. I’ve met the guy several times and always felt like I needed a shower after. I warned a few it was nothing but pandering.

    He must be thinking of running for higher office, gotta get on the right side of the far Left.

    In other news, it is now a hate crime to tell someone they are correct by responding with , “You’re right”. Also, the word “right” is no longer to be used In giving directions as that has been deemed an unacceptable micro aggression. The term now to be used is “your other left”.

    • timactual says:

      You mean “your other left” is no longer an insult or demeaning mockery? Untold numbers of Drill Sergeants are in shock.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    I wondered when something like this scumbag would show up.

    Well, at least he’s stupid enough to let people know his plan well in advance. Not nearly as clever as he thinks he is.

  5. What’s that POS doing in front of the American flag like all the other A hole demoRAT shit birds that you see pics of or on the news wanting to get rid of the Constitution or have it only when it suits them. Imagine if there was another Night of the Long Knives but, it is now only history.

  6. 26Limabeans says:

    If we erase history lets include slavery.
    Problem solved. No reparations needed.
    Dih-int happen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, Democrats never owned any slaves– evil RethugliKKKans went back in time and did that!! The whole Civil War is a white privilege lie! Yeah, that’s it!

  7. RetiredDevilDoc8404 says:

    Why is it that politicians seem like they are the dimmest of the dim bulbs? This idea and its’ premise make about as much sense as Hammerin’ Hank Johnson’s concern for Guam’s capsizing. Too bad we can’t go back in history and erase all history of his creation, because every time he thinks he weakens the nation…

  8. Green Thumb says:


  9. ninja says:

    Of course he wants to abolish history classes in Illinois:


    “Ford became a history teacher and basketball coach for Chicago Public Schools”.

    “On November 29, 2012, Ford was indicted on charges of bank fraud, alleging he provided misleading evidence to obtain a $500,000 extension on a line of credit. The charges state he used the money for personal expenses rather than rehabilitating an owned property, as stated in the loan documentation. On August 4, 2014, all 17 felony counts of bank fraud and false information against Ford were dropped by federal prosecutors in exchange for his pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor income tax charge, and Ford’s trial was removed from the federal docket.”

    When he ran for Mayor of Chicago in 2019:

    ” In the polls he was included in, Ford never placed higher than 2%, and most frequently placed around 1% support.”

    “Ford placed eleventh out of fourteen candidates, receiving just 5,606 votes (1.01% of the overall vote) in the initial round of the election.”


    • Andy11M says:

      Getting to plead to a single misdemeanor instead of going to trial for 17 felony’s? I’m surprised the Chicago machine didn’t get everything dismissed and a official apology from prosecutors.

      • UpNorth says:

        These are the same federal prosecutors who can’t seem to get any of the gang bangers and other people who commit crimes with guns into a prison. Not surprising that they thought a 17 felony drop to 1 misdemeanor was a good deal.

        • JAFR says:

          Wouldn’t want to stigmatize the guy. Being a convicted felon would keep him from educating young minds! I’d say it would hurt his prospects at elected office, but in Chi-raq being a ex-con is a good thing.

    • Green Thumb says:

      If you abolish history class, then school can let out earlier.

      More potential votes.

    • Just Lurkin says:

      Is he any relation to the Ford family that used to be big shots in Memphis politics (at least one congress creature from that family)?

    • Poetrooper says:

      Remember, he is one of what Obama’s attorney general called, “my people.”

  10. The Other Whitey says:

    I learned about abolitionism, the 3/5 Compromise (with sadly minimal context), Dred Scott, and the Civil Rights Movement in elementary school. They were pretty big on the evils of racism. In high school, I learned a bit more about the Civil War—mainly Gettysburg and Andersonville (no mention of Camp Douglas, though)—with a heavy “South bad, North good” simplification that unfairly broad-brushed an awful lot on both sides.

    This guy is full of shit. Unless he’s admitting that Common Core sucks…

    • Poetrooper says:

      “This guy is full of shit. EVEN if he’s admitting that Common Core sucks…”

      There, Whitey, ol’ Poe fixed it for you…

  11. Andy11M says:

    get rid of history and teach everyone that 2+2=4 is wrong. 1984 was a warning, not a blueprint.

    • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

      Hit him. Hard.
      Then back off and wait 5 seconds.
      Tell him that he can’t file charges because it’s in the past, it’s history, and there is no more history, it’s been removed.
      Then hit him again.

  12. Hack Stone says:

    They have already declared proper English and math racist, now history. So what is left to teach in schools?

  13. AW1Ed says:

    “I still think those that willfully and purposefully destroy the past are intending to repeat it.”

    Almost, Mason. I think he wants to rewrite and replace it to further his own agenda. Whatever that may be.

  14. KoB says:

    Saw this the other night. Took another BP pill and shook my head. Seeing it again, I need a cold beer….or six! I have studied, interpreted, and attempted to preserve history for over 60 years now. It’s a damn shame about all that is happening now.

    I’m glad I’m old. I fear for the future of my Grandchildren and my Republic.

  15. Berliner says:

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day be day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right.”

    George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

  16. gitarcarver says:

    The summary of the proposed bill is even more frightening:

    Amends the School Code. Adds as commemorative holidays January 15 (to be known as Humanitarian Day and observed as a day of respect for the principles of human and civil rights and to involve the use of the color white as a visual affirmation to practice these principles), April 4 (to be known as Victims of Violence Wholly Day and observed as a day of respect for the principles of nonviolence and to involve the use of the color black as a visual affirmation to practice these principles), and August 28 (to be known as Dream Day and observed as a day of respect for the spiritual and moral principles of peoplehood and to involve the use of the colors black and white as a visual affirmation to practice these principles). Provides that the teaching of the history of the United States shall include the study of the American civil rights renaissance, that period of time from 1954 to 1965 called the Movement.

    Wonder how they would feel about teaching how the Democratic party fought the proposed Civil Rights Act of 1957 and then again in 1965?

    • Green Thumb says:

      This guy is a self-serving fucking sleazy racist clown.

      I really doubt it will gain much traction. Even from some of those it intends to “benefit”.

      • Jarhead says:

        If only his hair was orange like POTUS, Democrat Ford could be called FOZO

      • rgr769 says:

        I see why he went into politics. It is the perfect place for a fraudster and a grifter because one doesn’t need to do anything to produce value or wealth. One just peddles influence and sucks on the teats of government and one’s donors.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Because History, literacy and Math are “racist” and must be done away with for “social justice,” comrade!

    • rgr769 says:

      Don’t forget “English.” The proggy race mongers want to eliminate grammar and spelling, so maybe English could be replaced with teaching Ebonics, especially in the inner-city public schools.

  18. OWB says:

    Didn’t they already stop teaching history, or at least calling it that, in public schools? Did it a few decades ago around here when they changed it to “social studies.”

    • rgr769 says:

      When I was in the 7th grade in Utah we had to take “Utah History.” Most of the course was devoted to the Mormons settlement of Utah. For some reason the course omitted the Mountain Meadow Massacre, but we learned about how the federal government sent out Johnston’s Army to oppress the Mormons. So maybe eliminating history might be preferable to the schools teaching Howard Zinn’s crypto-Communist history of the U.S.