In a Sunday op-ed, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) wrote that schools should promote patriotism by teaching children a rosy version of U.S. history, leaving out the role of slavery and racism throughout. By doing this, he says schools will make “an investment in love.” “Let’s make it together ― and now,” the Missouri Republican said of this “love” in a New Post piece. “Let’s teach our children to know and love America.” Hawley, who is perhaps best known as the U.S. senator who raised his fist in solidarity before a mob of white supremacists and supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop , wrote his op-ed as he promotes a bill he recently introduced to teach children a whitewashed version of American history.
His bill, which is going nowhere, would bar federal money from going tothat teach students about white supremacy andracism’smrolesd in the country’s founding. It would also that get federal funds to ensure students can read and recite portions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance at certain grade levels. Hawley’s new op-ed gives specific examples of how to look at U.S. history through a purely positive lens. “This isn’t a nation of oppressors. This is a nation of liberators,” Hawley wrote off a record that colonizers slaughtering Native Americans in the name of civilization and President Andrew Jackson forcibly removing 100,000 Native Americans from their ancestral homelands, resulting in 15,000 deaths from exposure, disease, and starvation.
“This is the country founded on the worth and dignity of every individual,” Hawley wrote, despite the founders’ Constitution notas “three-fifths of a free individual” in determining a region’s congressional representation. “This is the country that gave working people the right to vote,” the Republican said — ignoring that women only gained that right after a decades-long fight ending in 1920 and that many women of color were left out even then.
“This is the country that freed the slaves,” Hawley added, skipping the part where white colonizers in the 17th and 18th centuries kidnapped people from Africa, forced them into slavery in American colonies, and brutally exploited their labor in the production of crops like tobacco and cotton. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, but slavery and other exploitative labor practices persisted.
Despite Hawleyfounding, he was one of 147 Republicans who rejected U.S. democracy on Jan. 6 by — a stance based on a lie about persistent voter fraud that fueled the Capitol insurrection. He was also one of 139 to block the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate what led to the insurrection and how to prevent such an attack from ever happening again.