The Rockford Files

You Say Ásátru, I Say Shoresh

In these days of political correctness and multiculturalism, the surprising thing is that there was so little controversy when the board of School District 205 awarded a $40,000 contract to revisionist historian Michael Hoffman, author of They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America and Judaism Discovered: A Study of the Anti-Biblical Religion of Racism, Self-Worship, Superstition and Deceit.

Hoffman, who had once attacked that same board for firing a white principal who had changed the failing grades of white students, began volunteering his time last fall to mentor disadvantaged white students at a new charter school in the district.  The superintendent was so impressed by his efforts that she drew up a contract for Hoffman’s services that was slightly less than $10,000.  (Any expenditure over $10,000 has to come before the board.)

Now that Hoffman was being paid, he could expand his program, which he called Ásátru, an Old Icelandic word that means (roughly) “those true to one’s ancestors.”  District officials were so pleased by the results that they decided to offer Hoffman the $40,000 contract.  Some critics raised objections that Ásátru is really a religious program in disguise, and even one with some rather unpleasant racial elements.  Still, board president David Kelley, a former state chairman...

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