If you doubt that the leftist indoctrination of our youth continues unchecked, consider the following examples.
The first comes to us courtesy of a local elementary school teacher, who emailed to tell me about a poster she saw displayed in connection with Black History Month that depicted "Blacks in American Politics." The poster was apparently produced by Scholastic Inc., which also publishes curriculum materials.
Missing from the poster, she noticed, were such noteworthies as Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, and Condoleeza Rice. Who WAS on it, I wanted to know.
She wrote back: "Jesse Jackson, Carole Mosely Braun, and Shirley Chisolm, just to name a few. And of course the Big O."
"Oscar Robertson was a politician? I knew he was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but I never knew he ran for office."
"No, Barack Obama, you idiot."
OK, I made that last part up. But the point is, how you can you create a poster celebrating blacks in political life and leave off the first two black Secretaries of State? Or the second black to serve on the Supreme Court?
Unless ... they're conservatives. We want black children to be proud of their heritage, and white children to understand the important role blacks have played in American politics, but we can't have them thinking that any prominent blacks have ever disagreed with leftist orthodoxy.
No, that's not indoctrination.
Before I get to the second example, allow me to insert a couple of disclaimers: First, I am not a prude. Well, maybe a little. But I believe my moral sensibilities are in line with most Americans, or at least those who don't watch "reality" television. OK, so my moral sensibilities are not in line with most Americans.
Second, what follows may be unsuitable for young readers. More so than usual, I mean.
This example involves a new television commercial for PETA. Building on the tag-ine "Vegans Make Better Lovers," the ad features a young woman limping and wearing a neck brace, apparently as a result of her vegan boyfriend's sexual prowess. It ends with her walking into his apartment, tossing him a bag of celery, and taking off her shirt. I am not making this up.
I know. You're thinking, "How degrading to women." Absolutely. It's degrading to men, too. It's degrading to the entire human race. Which is precisely the point. Take PETA's mantra, "Animals are people, too," apply the commutative property, and you get "People are animals, too." We can't control our sexual impulses. We're just animals.
Makes me wonder how they think omnivores who can't master their urge to procreate can ever master the equally natural urge to eat red, juicy meat. I suppose logic was never part of the equation.
In any case, you'll have to excuse me now. I'm craving a big, thick steak. Because I'm not buying for a moment that vegans make better lovers.
Rob Jenkins is a local freelance writer and college professor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.