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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

"History has its eyes on us."


This is what happens when ignorant, hateful people are given power to make decisions that affect everyone, not just themselves. If the person who does not like Amanda Gorman's poem is offended by it, then she has the right to not read it. 

But who gave this person the right to withhold it from an entire school because of her ignorance?

Think about what's happening in Florida when you hear a Conservative complain that Liberals are destroying the country with their intolerance.

PS. Gov. DeSantis brought this on the state of Florida with his banning of anything that offended his ego. Florida will now lead the US with the MOST BANNED BOOKS AND POETRY, prohibited by ignorant fools.

DeSantis refers to Florida as "The Free State of Florida." Ha! 

The "Free State of Florida" where any ignorant person with an axe to grind can get books and poems banned on a whim.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! FREEDUMB!!!

"Florida school bans poem read at Biden inauguration after objection of just one parent 

 The poem that was read by poet Amanda Gorman at President Joe Biden's inauguration has been banned from elementary schools in Miami-Dade County, Florida after the objections of just one parent. The Miami Herald reports that the poem, which is titled "The Hills We Climb," was removed from the K-5 curriculum in the county after local parent Daily Salinas challenged it as inappropriate for students. 

The Hills We Climb
by Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade.
We've braved the belly of the beast,
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace,
and the norms and notions
of what just is
isn't always just-ice.
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn't broken,
but simply unfinished.
We the successors of a country and a time
where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one.
And yes we are far from polished.
Far from pristine.
But that doesn't mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge a union with purpose,
to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,
but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true,
that even as we grieved, we grew,
that even as we hurt, we hoped,
that even as we tired, we tried,
that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat,
but because we will never again sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
and no one shall make them afraid.
If we're to live up to our own time,
then victory won't lie in the blade.
But in all the bridges we've made,
that is the promise to glade,
the hill we climb.
If only we dare.
It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it's the past we step into
and how we repair it.
We've seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth,
in this faith we trust.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption
we feared at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter.
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert,
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was,
but move to what shall be.
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free.
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation,
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain,
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy,
and change our children's birthright.
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with.
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west.
We will rise from the windswept northeast,
where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.
We will rise from the sunbaked south.
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover.
And every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful.
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid,
the new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.


Dave Miller said...

And yet, conservatives continue with this mantra...

"Show me the law that says this must happen."

And since there are few if any direct laws prescribing a cause and behavior, they insist it doesn't happen. Then... they say schools are not banning books, or material, just limiting access based on appropriateness. And limiting is not banning.

Which is true, but in reality it is an effective ban.

Just a few days ago I had a theological conversation with a person about some divergent Old Testament views. Specifically, who wrote the first five books of the Bible.

The fundamentalist view, which she had been taught, was that Moses wrote those books. That has been debunked for years but she had never heard that people other than Moses had written those books.

In effect, she did not know what she did not know. Because she had been effectively banned from ever hearing a dissenting view.

Is this happening in our elementary, middle and high schools? The effective siloing of information? Do home schooled kids in the south learn that the Civil War was because southern families and leaders wanted to secede from the Union, believed slavery was Godly, and that people in the US should be able to do what they wanted regardless of morality, as long as their state approved?

I doubt it.

Mike said...

So if one person complains about the Bible it will be on the banned book list? HA!

Dave Miller said...

Mike, of course not. Nor will they ban books with favorable viewpoints of the Civil War, or books that cover the Civil Rights Era from a negative context.

You gotta wonder how southern governments get around the Wallace era of segregation now, segregation forever.

Les Carpenter said...

Fascist Floriduh, DeSantis' Paradise of Ignorance.