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Common Core Text Portrays White Voters as Obama-Hating Racists

A biography of Barack Obama designed for fourth graders and approved under the new federal Common Core curriculum standards portrays white voters as racists, hell bent on preventing Obama from becoming president.

The book in question, entitled “Barack Obama,” is published by Scholastic, and is now being read by elementary school students under the Common Core program, Red Flag News reports.

The book tells the story of Obama’s historic campaign to become the nation’s first black president. So far so good. But along the way the text paints white voters in a rather unflattering light: “Some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president,” the book reads.

The book then mentions Obama’s former minister Jeremiah Wright: “Obama’s former pastor called the country a failure,” it reads. “God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.”


The text makes no mention of the fact that millions of white voters did, in fact, vote for Obama. Nor does it mention that Obama distanced himself from Wright during his campaign.

With no real context provided for these assertions, it’s reasonable to assume that many nine or ten year old kids would simply take these assertions at face value, believing, for example, that “white voters would never vote for a black president.”

The Common Core standards, which the federal government has used to consolidate control over the curriculum that local schools use, have been controversial from the start, coming under fire for poor quality and political bias.

Examples of Common Core gone amuck include a 4th grade workbook that that depicts Uncle Sam as a father figure, holding a baby “citizen.” The workbook tells students that the government “is like a nation’s family,” and is there to protect and provide for citizens. Another Common Core text coaches students in ebonics, utilizing terms such as “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz.”

The “Barack Obama” biography is the just the latest example of how Common Core curriculum is being polluted by distortions of the facts and political bias. Worst of all, these standards are being nationalized. So they will affect students all across the country.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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  • Mack

    Yes, yes, but you didn’t vote in your last school board election.

    • Extricate Yourself

      Doesn’t matter any more. In most areas, ANYONE running for local school boards are vetted by local Marxist flunkies. It’s all an illusion.

      That’s how bad it is. And time is running out.

      • X3Charlie

        Then we have to run too.

  • DC is Evil

    Love the lie….err, “line” that says ‘Barack decided it was time to speak to Americans about race.” Laughable at best, horrific that it is being taught to impressionable minds at worst.

    • gOgol

      Shield your children from the lies

  • WhiteRabbit

    Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60’s, anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to bring in millions of non-whites.

    Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.”

    Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days till ALL and ONLY white children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE.

    That makes it genocide.

    “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white

  • LePatriote1980

    What the hell is this garbage? Education is supposed to make kids learn stuff, not make them dumber.

  • jumper297

    Obama was elected ONLY because so many whites voted for him, and they did so ONLY because they were excited by the idea of the first minority president. It’s just a shame that, liberal or conservative, the first ended up being a sniveling, conniving, empty suit that’s done nothing but damage since he’s been there.

    But, we all know the facts mean nothing in Common Core. Hell, even basic arithmetic has been co-opted. This is indoctrination at its most basic.

  • Brambles

    Funny how, with 98% of black voters voting for the black candidate, and Obama getting the majority of the white vote, even re-elected as president, there are those who still portray the U.S. as full of white racists, as if he could have been elected without a plurality of the white vote. Even reality staring these clowns straight in the face won’t change their stupid, racist tune, as they have so much invested in it.

  • Brambles

    Obama couldn’t have been elected, or re-elected, without the white vote, and these morons know it. Those who make their livings… Wright, Jackson, Sharpton, and their white ilk also, will never concede that America has changed, bringing their racist rants against those who now call any negativity towards Obamacare, for instance, “racism, straight up”. Their very livelihoods are dependent on racist rhetoric, which they are desperately clinging to.

  • scarlet pimpernel

    The “reality” sentence, “Millions of voters of all races and creeds did not vote for Oboma, because he is a communist.”

  • maineman

    Not to worry. Kids can’t really think clearly anymore and won’t pay attention to or remember anything they’re being told or taught.

  • brooksmd

    No surprise here. As with anything the feds and teachers union are tied to, it’s simply more brainwashing of unsuspecting minds. If you care about your child’s education, home school or private school. Get them as far from public schools as you can.

  • Jeff G

    There’s no such thing as a “Common Core text.” The Common Core is merely a set of learning objectives. It doesn’t prescribe specific curriculum, let alone specific texts. The fact that a text exists, doesn’t mean it’s being assigned. And even if it is being assigned, that’s not evidence that it is in any way connected to the Common Core. Also the Common Core is NOT a federal program, nor is it a UN program as your Red Flag link claims.
    You should consider holding your own writing to the same standards of clarity and accuracy as you want to hold this simple Scholastic book. (Plus, I’m pretty sure that many people DID say that white voters would not vote for a black president. They were wrong, but it was certainly part of the public discourse prior to the 2008 election. The page of text you show is a simplistic–duh, it’s for 4th graders–but not inaccurate description of the campaign. Did you somehow miss the part of race being an issue in the 2007-08 election cycle? )

  • moatsyjr

    You won’t see it changed either, a nice follow up on that would be;
    Unfortunately Barack never followed through with this “Change” he promised and once his health care plan was passed none of the problems with it were ever corrected. The American voters who voted for him were left bitter and angry with him because they realized they hired someone strictly by their looks and in fact not someone with good qualifications. The Democratic party realized they let the best man for the job (Bill Richardson) slip away because he didn’t have the magnanimous Colgate smile and the United States had an 8 year set back financially because of it. Such are the lesson we learn in life…