This week, the California Department of Education will vote on a new statewide ethnic studies curriculum. In the name of equity and diversity, the curriculum seeks to decolonize children from the aspects of American society that it considers white supremacist, and seeks to elevate religious symbolism of indigenous cultures—particularly the Aztecs.
This is absolute nonsense, and the fact that it even moved beyond the exploratory stage is an appalling reflection on the state of public education, especially in California.
Chris Rufo writes in City Journal:
The new program, called the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, seeks to extend the Left’s cultural dominance of California’s public university system, 50 years in the making, to the state’s entire primary and secondary education system, which consists of 10,000 public schools serving a total of 6 million students.
In theoretical terms, the new ethnic studies curriculum is based on the “pedagogy of the oppressed,” developed by Marxist theoretician Paolo Freire, who argued that students must be educated about their oppression in order to attain “critical consciousness” and, consequently, develop the capacity to overthrow their oppressors. Following this dialectic, the model curriculum instructs teachers to help students “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs” and critique “white supremacy, racism and other forms of power and oppression.” This approach, in turn, enables teachers to inspire their pupils to participate in “social movements that struggle for social justice” and “build new possibilities for a post-racist, post-systemic racism society.”
So basically, your 5-year old is being groomed for Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Good times.
This religious concept is fleshed out in the model curriculum’s official “ethnic studies community chant.” The curriculum recommends that teachers lead their students in a series of indigenous songs, chants, and affirmations, including the “In Lak Ech Affirmation,” which appeals directly to the Aztec gods. Students first clap and chant to the god Tezkatlipoka—whom the Aztecs traditionally worshipped with human sacrifice and cannibalism—asking him for the power to be “warriors” for “social justice.” Next, the students chant to the gods Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Xipe Totek, seeking “healing epistemologies” and “a revolutionary spirit.” Huitzilopochtli, in particular, is the Aztec deity of war and inspired hundreds of thousands of human sacrifices during Aztec rule. Finally, the chant comes to a climax with a request for “liberation, transformation, [and] decolonization,” after which students shout “Panche beh! Panche beh!” in pursuit of ultimate “critical consciousness.”
The chants have a clear implication: the displacement of the Christian god, which is said to be an extension of white supremacist oppression, and the restoration of the indigenous gods to their rightful place in the social justice cosmology. It is, in a philosophical sense, a revenge of the gods.
If I never hear the term “Critical Consciousness” again, it will be too soon. As a Black person who was raised to critically think, to own my own shit, and to not expect a handout from anyone, I am truly weary of all this victimhood and need for inclusivity. This is just more warmed-over blame and shame American culture under the excuse of equity and fairness.
Sadly, what people are fixating on is the whole Aztec chanting thing. That is horrible enough in and of itself, but what is revealed from the entire premise of the program is a foundation of fallacies and lies.
Hear me out. I am a huge fan of the idea of learning about other ethnicities and cultures as they contribute to our society. So, why the Aztecs? Why not one of the Native American Tribes, like the Paiute, Shoshone, or Mojave? Were they not the original Americans? Are there no chants that we could use from them that would disconnect so-called supremacy?
Other than some kick-ass pyramids in Mexico, what exactly have the Aztecs contributed to our current culture? From what we know of the Aztecs, their entire culture was marked by violence, child sacrifice, and cannibalism.
With that, I came to a revelation. Sectors of American culture already reflect the Aztec model, and this curriculum serves to seed it at a deeper level.
The Aztecs sacrificed children to appease their gods. So do we. It’s called Abortion on Demand, and we have had 48 years of legalized ritual sacrifice in the name of “choice”. Now we’re killing babies born alive (Hello, New York!), just as the Aztecs sacrificed people alive in order to consume their beating hearts. Sadly, we are already quite practiced at this, and even justify using aborted fetal body parts to extend life, or to produce a vaccine. If not for the Pro-Life industry pushing back, we would be neck-and-neck with the Aztecs—sadly, we’re almost there.
Anyone who didn’t have their head up their ass this Summer could see this play out. Starting in Minneapolis, certain factions of Black Lives Matter and Antifa precipitated and fueled violence in major cities across the United States. Portland. Kenosha. Chicago. D.C. Los Angeles. Entire communities were racked by violence, under the guise of racial equity and justice. At least the Aztecs were honest: They just wanted to conquer and sacrifice people for their own personal gain; to appease their gods. Our society tries to gaslight us and tell us it’s for “the greater good”.
The basic definition is species feeding on their own species. We’re not far from here either. Our society is already doing this theoretically with all the race-based preferences that have been floated in California, Virginia, and other states to marginalize the Asian cultures and their history of achievement. All this virtue-signaling about Asian hate crimes is perfect cover for the fact that Democrats and the Left spent an entire year trying to push Asians out of educational and social opportunities, from Prop 16 to the Harvard lawsuit. The Democrats have spent 50 years treating Blacks like brain-addled children; now they want to move on to a new victim group in order to reap those spoils. It’s sickening, and the end goal is for us to each other alive.
So really, the California Board of Education wants to codify in their educational system what has already been produced in certain sectors of society. The 2020 Summer of Love is a reflection that this is working all too well. This ethnic studies curriculum is more nails in the coffin.
The curriculum is anti-individual. It creates this idea of a collective (the State) mindset instead of the mindset that you are an individual who can make choices and set your own destiny. That you are a unique being endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights, as the Declaration’s preamble so beautifully states.
So, this reduction and then identification with a group rather than as a part of a family, a religious group, or a community is part of the plan of dehumanization.
The curriculum is also anti-Christian. They don’t like the Christian God, the God of the Bible, and the foundational principles that were birthed from both. So they decided they needed to invoke other gods who better suit their purposes. So much for separation of Church and State. You cannot pray in school, but you can chant to indigenous gods. It makes so much sense.
What it reflects is that these curriculum creators are devoid of any understanding about the Christian God, and have even less of an understanding of Aztec gods and other deities.
Many cultures, not just the “ethnic” ones, have deities who required blood sacrifice and complex rituals. Read Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods (or watch the Starz series of the same name) to see the plethora of gods that were brought to America and inculcated into our folklore and rituals. So once again, why the fixation on the Aztec culture?
Looking at those Aztec chants, Rufo says:
“The chants have a clear implication: the displacement of the Christian god, which is said to be an extension of white supremacist oppression, and the restoration of the indigenous gods to their rightful place in the social justice cosmology.”
There was no social justice in the Aztec world. There was no justice at all! Aztecs conquered for the purpose of having humans to sacrifice. They at least had enough sense to know if they sacrificed their own people, they wouldn’t last very long. We could learn a lesson from that.
Aztecs enslaved their own people. Aztecs had a feudal system where some owned land and others worked the land. This was long before the Spanish “colonization”. The creators of this curriculum are either exceptionally blind or highly hypocritical. This idea of tapping into ancient Aztec culture to displace colonization and white supremacy and oppression is pure hogwash.
What it does show is that these curriculum creators want your children to trade one form of so-called oppression while locking you into a new form of oppression.
This should profoundly disturb anyone, whether you are a parent or not.
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