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Reductio Ad Absurdum

Out here in the land of Intellectual Rigor---California---various pieces of legislation enacted over time have required that K-12 education cover the "roles and contributions" that the respective interest groups, oops, ethnic and cultural defenders, have demanded, as public education in the Golden State sinks ever deeper into the feel-good/self-esteem/multicultural cesspool of identity politics. These laws also proscribe teaching and textbooks that cast any of the groups in a negative light. The latest effort in this context is a bill introduced by the ineffable state Senator Shiela Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), which would add as a protected class "people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered."

And so I have a question for my legal-beagle colleagues: Are whites not entitled to equivalent treatment under the 14th Amendment? If so, does that mean that education about the history of slavery would become illegal, as it would depict whites negatively? Would it be illegal to point out that most modern-day terrorist acts are perpetrated by Muslims? Anything about black crime, illegal immigration by Hispanics, ad infinitum? Can air brushing of photos be far behind?



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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