Sins of Omission

Sins of Omission
Sins of Omission\r\nby Roger D. McGrath\r\nSlavery's Inconvenient Facts\r\n1 learned firsthand how distnrhing faets\r\neonld he when teaehing a U.S. history\r\neonrse at UCTA in 1987. One of mv\r\nteaehing assistants, a politieallv eorreet\r\n\\()nng woman, beeanie tcrrihK' upset after\r\nlistening to m\\ leetme on sla\\er\\.\r\n"I le shouldn't be sa\\ ing sueh things!" she\r\nexelainied to another teaehing a,ssi,stant.\r\nWhen asked b\\' the other T.A. if she\r\neonld ehallenge urn of nn faets, she exploded,\r\n"There arc some faets that students\r\njust shouldn't know. " Facts do\r\nha\\e a rather ineomenient wa\\' of interfering\r\nwith political eorrcetncss and with\r\nthe imposition of theoretical models o\\cr\r\nthe historical record. For a generation, at\r\nleast, there has been a concerted effort to\r\nlea\\e ineon\\euient faets out of tlic classroom.\r\nDiscussions of sla\\'er\\' are particularK\r\nnotorious. When I reintroduce a\r\nfew of the facts that were once comnron\r\nto man\\ college lectures, more than a few\r\nstudents look at me incrcdulousK, as if I\r\nhad inxcuted the material. 'l'he\\ can\r\nhardK be blanred. The material is new to\r\nthem, and it wreaks lunoc widi the politicalK\r\ncorrect dogma riie\\ ha\\c been fed.\r\nNow that the issue of reparations has\r\nbeen raised, it becomes e\\en more important\r\nfor the polihcalh correct to suppress\r\nfacts. The reparationists claim that\r\ndie United States must compensate the\r\ndescendants of sla\\es for...

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