The Oklahoma Land Rush, wiped from history.
They’re coming for you next: A local community college in Oklahoma has removed a monument that commemorated the pioneers who settled the state in the 1800s because some people complained it was “not inclusive.”
The monument depicted the Oklahoma land run of 1889, which occurred on the day the U.S. government opened Oklahoma up to homesteaders for settlement. Apparently, there were complaints about this depiction on social media (which usually translates as a Twitter mob) as well as threats of violence. The college’s response to these mob threats?
According to … Executive Vice President Danita Rose, removing the monument was a top priority for school leadership, calling the move a “no-brainer.”
“If our goal is to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone, a monument that depicts cruelty and oppression can’t be on display here,” Rose told The Oklahoman. According to interim President Jeremy Thomas, the administration has “always agreed” with those who felt the monument was “offensive” and had “no place on our campus.”
“It does not accurately represent history, and it does not accurately reflect the respect, empathy and admiration we have for the true pioneers of this land: the indigenous people of this country,” Thomas told The Oklahoman. “As soon as we were in a position to take it down, we did.” [emphasis mine]
The problem is that Thomas is wrong. The monument did depict history accurately. It just depicted only one part of that history, the part that today’s racist, anti-American mobs want wiped from our memory.
All the college’s officials were eager to express their desire to be inclusive and welcoming, except that based on this action they have no interest in including or welcoming into their education the American pioneers who built modern Oklahoma and also established law and western civilization in the American west.
American homesteaders, wiped from history.
No, modern inclusion means applying white-out to history so that only the story of minorities gets told. And only those minorities that for the moment serve the purpose of slandering the roots of American history.
These so-called educators sicken me. They above all should be defending this monument, if only to challenge their students into finding out about all parts of that past history. Instead, they willingly participate in an effort to censor that history, so that only one story gets told.
Note too that this is a public college. Where our Oklahoma’s legislators who fund this college? Have they no opinion about this slander to their state’s history? Nah, they are too busy cashing campaign checks and bribes and making believe they represent all the people of their state. No time to do their job and make sure the colleges they fund are actually educating their students rather than indoctrinating them.
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