History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.Maya Angelou

History is something that I honestly thirst for. Due to my love of learning, understanding how history actually happens is a desire of mine. To be honest, I don’t want to learn only the good about the past; I also require that I learned the horrible situations that occurred. In short, I have a love for history because I intend to understand the full scope of humanity.

Still, there are plenty of us that want history to be one sided. There are those that want to see America as the blissful land of free enterprise and an abundance of opportunities. Also, there are those that don’t want to see Black America is a great race put in dire situations that most others would struggle within. In addition, there are those that want to paint broad strokes of stereotypes on anything that isn’t “American born”. Thus, there are those that don’t want to tell the whole story unless it is from their perspective.

Oklahoma is Anti AP U.S. History

Oklahoma, home of the Sooners and Garth Brooks, decided that having AP U.S. History courses is plain unconstitutional (or whatever). As NYmag.com noted in their article, there is an explanation for it:

This week in things we wish were just a Colbert Report sketch, an Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly approved a bill that would cut funding for the teaching of Advanced Placement U.S. History. The 11 Republicans who approved the measure over the objections of four Democrats weren’t trying to win over Oklahoma’s lazy high-school juniors. Tulsa World reports that Representative Dan Fisher, who introduced the bill, lamented during Monday’s hearing that the new AP U.S. History framework emphasizes “what is bad about America” and doesn’t teach “American exceptionalism.” It’s a complaint that’s been spreading among mostly conservative state legislatures in recent months and has some calling for a ban on all AP courses.

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Earlier this month, the Georgia state Senate introduced a resolution that rejects a new version of the AP U.S. History course for presenting a “radically revisionist view of American history” and minimizing “discussion of America’s Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, [and] the religious influences on our nation’s history.” It says that if the College Board does not revise the test, Georgia will cut funding for the course. The exam has also sparked controversy in Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Colorado, where students in Jefferson County protested last fall when a school-board member said the course should be modified to promote “patriotism” and discourage “civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law.” [1]

And all of that above is quite the mouthful. Oklahoma is basically saying that they don’t want AP U.S. History because they feel it focuses on the negative instead of the positive. Yet, if one wants to be correct, no history should be overly positive or negative unless it is told purely in accuracy. In short, Oklahoma wants to do away with AP U.S. History due to the lack of rose-colored shades attached to the course.

AP U.S. History Needed More Propaganda

Yet, I am wondering whether or not people actually realize the problem in all this. You see, a state (and others as well) want to determine what a person CHOOSES to learn about in school. AP courses are voluntary for the sake of acquiring college credit. So, no one has to TAKE the course anyway. Still, there are states hell-bent on eliminating an option the majority of the students probably won’t take up anyway? With the given facts, it would seem that the elephant in the room wears a golden rope necklace with the word “propaganda” on it.

There, I said it: this is nothing but a move of propaganda. Brainwashing seems to be in full effect.

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The problem is that too many of us don’t understand how propaganda works. If people are as aware as they should be, then this would bother the hell out of them. A state determining WHAT someone learns is an important step in information control. If there is a control of information, there is a control of learning. If there is a control of learning, there is a control of beliefs and actions. Thus, it is easy to control the minds of the masses by controlling what they know and believe.

The impending doom can become tantamount to less free will and more groupthink type of living. Why deter freedom of speech when that speech is already predetermined? There won’t be any evolutions due to revolution because our true problems will never bear any resolution. They don’t want you to think; they want you to follow. And playing “follow the leader” is much easier when everything around you is under control.

AP U.S. History Epilogue

It should be plain to see why this Oklahoma situation is problematic. Not agreeing with what is being taught is one thing. Controlling the existence of a voluntary high school course of academia is another. Yet, the bigger plan is taking control of what is/isn’t learned. From there, building a society of complacency and acceptance becomes much easier. If you don’t know the history, unliving it and avoiding it becomes null and void.

This is nothing short of a control system.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!