Tea Party wants teachers to find good in slavery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee teachers shouldn't talk about American slavery and race together. That's what the State's Tea Party is saying.

Its on of a list of the five legislative priorities presented to state legislators by several Tennessee tea parties, includes a proposal to eliminate from history books references to the Founding Fathers owning slaves or encroaching on Native American lands, originally reported by a Memphis newspaper.

We talked to Tea Party leader Hal Rounds Wednesday. He described the way slavery is taught now as race-baiting. When asked if kids are walking out of school thinking our founding fathers were evil, he said "(The kids) are being taught (the Founding Fathers) were hypocrites and slave owners and part of the teachings about slavery was that it was inherently cruel."

Rounds first petitioned the state for the changes last year and is continuing the fight now.

We asked if you can seperate slavery in our country from the centuries old struggle for racial equality, Rounds believes you can adding "White people were whipped to."

Local civil rights activists disagree with Rounds.

Avon Rollins, who marched with Martin Luther King and now runs the Beck Cultural Exchange Center told us "If you don't learn from history you're bound to repeat it. History was a very cruel, very animalistic, and very harsh institution."

He compared diluting the history of American Slavery to ignoring the Holocaust.

Rounds tells us he's gotten a lot of positive feed back from state politicians. No votes to change the state's curriculum are scheduled.

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  • by larry Location: jacksonville,fl on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM
    i fine it amazing how the so called freedom of speech American media give ignorants like this a platform to utter such vitrial. you failed to write us out of the classics you will fail here.
  • by Lise Location: Tenn on Jan 28, 2012 at 09:00 PM
    "White people were whipped to." You didn't put [sic]. It reads like the editor is as stupid as the Tea Party.
  • by Jessica on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    Gracious, who edited this article? There are grammatical and spelling errors everywhere.
  • by Bob Location: Missouri on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    They're going to revert back to the John Birch Society any day now.
  • by Steve Location: Little Rock on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    Sounds like the Tea Party is starting to travel the same path of insanity as PETA; making up things just to get some attention.
  • by tnrick Location: Clinton on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    this is just what the arab extremists think about the holocaust in relation to the jews. play it down..pretend that it never happened, etc. it seems like the tea party is following a similar path. in texas, school textbooks are being rewritten to say the the founding fathers of this country were guided by Christian principles when in fact the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others. Thomas Jefferson who coined the phrase "separation of church and state" is being stricken from the textbooks.
  • by Intellegent American on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM
    This story has been run by too many news agencies to be false. In what ever degree of truth, this idea is so idiotic. You can't rewrite history. And I suppose these Tea Bagger's think the Holocaust was exaggerated. The Tea Party has no platform, just catch phrases like taxes bad, spending bad, Obama Muslim...idiots.
  • by Peggy Location: Seattle on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:49 PM
    Always check the source. You guys are so gullible. You believe anything anyone tells you without so much as an eye blink.
  • by chris Location: maryville on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
    While I agree the title is misleading, I do not agree with rewriting history. It's been over 20 years since I've been in school(whoops, showing my age), but they must write history books differently these days. I was never "taught" that our founding fathers were "evil" for owning slaves, but knew "owning" another human being is wrong. Grow up Tea Party! Is there not more pressing issues we should be discussing? We are suppose to learn from our mistakes by paying attention to our history. Let's not rewrite history just to make our ancestors look good.
  • by Jozee Location: Crossville on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:58 PM
    I could not believe my ears today. How can you find "good" in slavery! I am not black but feel resentment towards eliminating... parts of the history of slavery! This is an insult to those who suffered at the hands of those wealthy white folks who treated these human beings less then they would an animal.. Too late thou, those who did this have already gone before God and have been judged... bet they are getting just what they gave. It is not surprising, they have eliminated prayer..now we will bury what we don't like about how blacks were treated by their white slave owners. I am outraged and have lost respect for so many things regarding our so called "governement". The common man has been forgotten, it's all about the rich & richer...oh that's right they call them Politicans...
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