Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"America": Banned from School Textbooks and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Not Politically Correct; Offends Latinos


One of the best books out there if you are interested in education policy is Diane Ravitch's The Language Police. It is a wonderful, well-researched bestseller by Ravitch, who has a Ph.D. in history from Columbia university and is a professor at New York University, about the purging of true American history and great literature in the public schools, replaced by "multicultural" trash and propaganda. At the end of the book, she gives a thirty-page list of words and situations that are banned from textbooks.
Here is one of them:
"America/Americans (use with care, because it suggests 'geographical chavinism' unless it applies to all people in North America, South America, and Central America; instead refer to people of the United States."
This is the rule for all Scott-Foresman/Addison-Wesley textbooks, Houghtin Mifflin textbooks, Harcourt textbooks, National Evaluation Systems, and New York state public schools.
Here is another:
"American policy, American economy (replace with U.S. policy, U.S. economy)."
Simply amazing. The proper title of our country, "America," has been banned, and we are no longer "Americans." Our country now is "United States" and we are "United States citizens."
This is patently false. The title of our country has NEVER been "United States." It has always been "America." For example, Georgia or Virginia are states in America; they are not states in "the United States."
Also, it is not "chauvinistic" to call ourselves "Americans." There is no continent called "America." There is a region called the "Americas." There is a "North America," which is a continent. There is a "South America," which is a continent.
There is a country, and that country is called "America." There are 50 states, and these states make up the country of "America." The citizens of that country are "Americans," not "people of the United States."
Even if it were somehow chauvinistic to call your country its proper title, it is time to simply and coolly tell Latin Americans to show some tolerance, something they tend to lack. By banning the name of our country to appease them will only incur disrespect and contempt from them for our weakness in trying to appease them.
Sadly, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has kowtowed to liberals and has banned the proper name of our country from the customs forms. I was shocked when coming back from Panama a few months ago to find that the terms "America" and "Americans" had been completely erased. We are now "United States citizens" (of what country?) and we reside in the United States (of what country?).
Plea to all patriotic Americans: Refer to our country by its proper name, "America" and call yourself an "American." Don't give in to political correctness. If you have to abbreviate, use the abbreviation "U.S.A." and not "U.S."

8 comments:

merv said...

Just out of curiousity... You claim "The title of our country has NEVER been 'United States.' It has always been 'America'," but give no sources to back that statement up, besides a weak example that doesn't really even make sense: What if I say, "Georgia and Virginia are part of the United States, not parts of America." Now "United States" looks right..

I was under the impression that the official name of our country is "The United States of America," and grammatically "of America" is a prepositional phrase describing the main subject "The United States," which would make "The United States" the official name of the country, and "of America" an addendum that helps to describe which United States one is talking about, as there could be many United States...

Not sure how, if at all, this would change the argument, but if you can find an authoritative source that says "America" is and always has been the offical name of our country, your argument would be far more convincing...

Anonymous said...

Gabe,

I've seen some of your comments over at Schlussel's site.

You are one sick mutha.

Anonymous said...

Gabe,

Is this you?

Gabe said...

Merv states:

I was under the impression that the official name of our country is "The United States of America," and grammatically "of America" is a prepositional phrase describing the main subject "The United States," which would make "The United States" the official name of the country, and "of America" an addendum that helps to describe which United States one is talking about, as there could be many United States...

We are the United States of America, not the United States in America. In other words, our country's name is America.

Mexico's official title is "The United States of Mexico" or "United Mexican States" or the "Mexican United States," depending on how you translate it. No one would call them the "United States" as their official title. It is Mexico.

Likewise, for us, it is America. It is more double standards by Mexicans. They don't want us to call ourselves by our country's name because they claim it is the name of a continent. (There is no continent named "America.") Not surprisingly, dopey liberals cater to foreigners' sensibilities and then censor the official name of our country and citizens: America and Americans.

Anonymous said...

Gabe,

May I suggest you focus on your own area of "expertise," Asian studies, and leave substantive discussions of the Social Foundations of Education to folks that know what the heck they're talking about. A few Master's courses in education does not make you even close to an authority on SFE.

Anonymous said...

Better start referring to Mexico as "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" otherwise I'm going to get offended.

See, it's liberal BS like this that is destroying our country.

You wouldn't find people in any other country arguing about this crap.

Josh said...

Salaida was in the Collegiate times today (only as an editorial opinion column) writing that there should be an "academic boycott" on Israel. Feel free to check it out on the collegiate times website.

Mx said...

Thanks for sharing this information with us. But, Why is this happen I can't understand that.

Can you explain ?

:)

I am student on community college