The Orlando Sentinel reports:
PragerU, a kind of rightwing think tank founded in 2009 by Los Angeles-based radio commentator Dennis Prager, mostly cranks out short instructional videos — lectures for adults and cartoons for the kids — that repurpose right-wing agitprop into misleading history lessons.
A Prager animation depicts Columbus telling a couple of time-traveling 21st Century children to stop dissing him for enslaving the New World’s native inhabitants, given that at the time, slavery was “no big deal.” Besides, said cartoon Christopher with unassailable logic, “being taken as a slave is better than being killed.”
Not to be outdone by Columbus, an animated version of Frederick Douglass, the 19th century abolitionist, author and orator, a onetime slave himself, tells kids (no doubt surprising his biographers): “I’m certainly not OK with slavery, but the Founding Fathers made a compromise to achieve something great: the making of the United States.”
Read the full article. At least watch the first clip.
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) August 6, 2023
WATCH: “Being taken as a slave is better than being killed, no?”🤔😳
Desantis/FLORIDA’s Ed Dept approved Prager U indoctrination videos to be taught (Tucker Carlson, Candace Owens as narrators) which teach kids slavery was better than the alternative: https://t.co/cJWcVLiiUW pic.twitter.com/Hng5fsg8r8
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 6, 2023
Florida’s latest curriculum—featuring cartoon Christopher Columbus explaining, “being taken as a slave is better than being killed!” and telling time-traveling kids that slavery was “no big deal.”
This is the kind of propaganda DeSantis and his friends at PragerU are teaching… pic.twitter.com/wPY8USFzhQ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 7, 2023