Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

March 30th, 2023 - 8:23 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

When Republicans take over higher education

New College in Sarasota, Florida, is part of Florida’s public university system. It has no fraternities or football team, but as Florida’s designated honors college, pumps out Fulbright scholars. It’s “a haven for brainy kids who are high-achieving and intellectually curious,” but may not [...]

February 25th, 2023 - 9:53 am § in Politics, Racism, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

What kind of president would DeSantis be?

— DeSantis defended slavery as “backbone of economy” and “fact of life” in 2011 book Read story here — DeSantis moves toward political control of university studies Here and here — Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

January 30th, 2023 - 4:28 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

School that teaches hate removed Elie Wiesel quote

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Those are words from Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize accepta[...]

January 8th, 2023 - 1:42 pm § in News Media, Politics, Racism, Republicans

What it’s like without a free press

In South Sudan, 6 journalists were arrested for filming the president pissing in his pants. Read story here In Phoenix, Arizona, a Wall Street Journal reporter was arrested for reporting while black. Read story here — West Virginia’s GOP governor got a reporter fired for reporting on abuse [...]

September 24th, 2022 - 8:06 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Florida Gov. DeSantis’ bizarre claims about slavery

Defending his efforts to censor the history taught in Florida’s schools, GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis made the wildly inaccurate statement at left. In fact, British courts were questioning slavery well before the American Revolution, and the British Empire abolished slavery decades before America did[...]

August 19th, 2022 - 12:34 am § in Hypocrisy, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Kayleigh McEnany says something intelligent, but still has blind spots

The first time I saw Kayleigh McEnany on TV, she impressed me as a twit, and my opinion of her hasn’t changed much. She currently works as a Fox News propagandist, which is an appropriate placement for her. She doesn’t belong in respectable journalism. Even though I pronounce her name &#[...]

August 14th, 2022 - 11:55 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Why Yale and Harvard should cancel DeSantis’ degrees

Let’s be clear: Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wants to be president, isn’t just banning rainbows from elementary school classrooms, ostensibly to protect little kids from homosexual influences. He’s also meddling in what can be taught in Florida public universities, determined[...]

June 12th, 2022 - 2:15 pm § in Politics

Florida governor declares Texas drag show is dangerous to Florida children

A video of a Texas drag show triggered Florida’s book-burning Gov. Ron DeSantis. He announced during a press conference he’s “considering using child protective services to investigate parents who bring their children to see drag performances,” and proposed to “terminate t[...]

May 21st, 2022 - 9:14 pm § in Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Still think conservatives believe in “freedom”?

The U.S. Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) is meeting in Hungary, whose strongman is teaching them how to seize power. Read stories here and here Conservatives don’t like social change and want to preserve a way of life they’re comfortable with. But they’re a voting minority, and[...]

February 23rd, 2022 - 1:48 pm § in Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Poll: Ban book bans!

This poll isn’t good news for the Republicans banning popular books from school libraries: They have almost no public support. Which suggests their efforts to muzzle teaching about slavery and racism in schools may not go over well, either. Of course, it shouldn’t; this is racists trying[...]