Officials at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton, Tennessee are scrambling to produce an explanation for a Nation of Islam handout that has at least one parent furious. According to Sommer Bauer, her 8-year-old son came home with a sheet of paper that characterized the men of Mt. Rushmore as racists.
“What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?” the paper asks. It then helpfully explains that George Washington was not just the father of our country, but also a “prime breeder of black people.” It teaches us that Theodore Roosevelt was not just one the bravest men in American history, but that he once referred to Africans as “ape-like.” Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln don’t get off any easier.
So what’s this about? Schools around the country have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar plenty of times, distributing assignments and material to their students that would make Howard Zinn blush with their blatant liberal bias. But is this handout the real deal, or was it just a careless mistake on the part of the teacher?
According to Bauer, she contacted her child’s teacher, who said she didn’t agree with the handout and that she had printed it by mistake. The superintendent was likewise displeased with the content of the handout, calling it “bigoted” and “racist” and assuring Bauer that it was not authorized at the district level.