Louisiana Lawmaker: Declaration of Independence is Racist
According to Democrat Barbara Norton, a Louisiana state lawmaker, the Declaration of Independence is a racist relic of our nation’s past that should not be taught to today’s children.
After Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges proposed a bill requiring Louisiana 4th-6th graders to recite the Declaration daily, Norton went on a screed against one of America’s most important historical documents.
“I’m not really sure what your intent is,” said Norton on the Louisiana House floor on Wednesday, “but one thing I do know is: all men were not created equal. When I think back to 1776, July the 4th, African-Americans were slaves and for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it’s a little bit unfair to us to ask those children to recite something that’s not the truth.”
Norton, whose wisdom is only exceeded by her eloquence, continued:
“In 1776, Dr. King was not even born,” she said. “African-Americans were in slavery so since they were in slavery and the Declaration of Independence says we were all created equal, we were not created equal because in 1776, I, nor you, nor any of us were born, now was Dr. King born, so we were in slavery and to have our children to repeat again and again documents that were not even validated, I don’t think that’s fair because we are teaching them a lie.”
That is one tasty word salad. This person was actually elected by other human beings? Just goes to show you how much attention the average voter pays to state elections.
Let’s try to parse this out. Children should not be reading the Declaration of Independence because:
It was written before Martin Luther King was born.
It was written before Barbara Norton was born.
It was written before slavery was abolished.
This is apparently what passes for logical thought in today’s Democratic Party. It makes you wonder. Does Norton oppose the Declaration of Independence because she thinks it’s racist or does she oppose it because she literally can’t understand what it says?