|Professor Jennifer Harvey|
Professor Jennifer Harvey took to the New York Times yesterday to ask: “Are We Raising Racists?”There's no doubt that a certain tinge of nationalism was, in part responsible for Donald Trump's popularity in the rural areas that vote largely for him in this last election. Most of us like the United States, and think it's great country, despite any past flaws, and deeply resent the blatant anti-Americanism of our academic and media elites. Our heroes may not have been perfect, but they laid the foundations for a pretty damn good country, and we're tired of them giving it a bad rap.
She begins her article by recounting how “dismayed” she was that her daughter admired George Washington. Her daughter was “singing the praises” of the first President, which surprised Dr. Harvey.
“I was dismayed,” she writes, “that the peace- and diversity-centered curriculum she gets at her public school had left her with such a one-dimensional view of history.” Her 7-year-old daughter, she felt, needed to know the whole story.
Eventually, her daughter asked her about news. Professor Harvey, after discussing ethics violations with her 7-year-old, said, “Well you know how you’ve been running around here celebrating George Washington? We always talk about George Washington fighting for freedom. But George Washington also owned black people as slaves.”
Dr. Harvey’s small child’s “intrigue turned to horror.”
Along with the conception of George Washington, Professor Harvey starts to wonder what affect society is having on children. And she pins the blame on “parents of white children.”