Revisionist History: CBS’ ‘The Neighborhood’ Vilifies Parent Protesting ‘Diverse Studies’

CBS’ sitcom “Sitcom” airs this week The Neighborhood joined a growing list of network shows attacking parents for fighting Marxist curricula in their schools.

The episode, ‘Welcome to Mama Drama,’ relies on the usual leftist lies surrounding recent controversial history curricula in K-12 schools.

Those lies include 1) new U.S. history programs are just teaching about slavery and other historical wrongs, 2) previous generations were only taught a whitewashed version of American history, and 3) opposition to new curricula is led by parents scared of the truth.

‘Welcome to Mama Drama’ engages in all these propagandistic tricks. When a dad opposes new history books that are part of a “diverse studies program” at a local private school, the father is portrayed as a clueless elitist afraid of “the truth.”

In the episode, Gemma (Beth Behrs), who is the principal at a local private school, has introduced a new “diversity” curriculum for students. Dave Greenfield (Gemma’s lefty husband) is supportive. When he walks in while his son Grover (Hank Greenspan) is making a history collage with his friend Isaiah (Shaun Dixon), he announces he wants to “get woke.”

Isaiah: We’re learning about the Elaine Massacre in Arkansas. 

Dave: Hmm, that’s something I haven’t learned in school. 

IsaiahIn 1919, hundreds of people from black communities were murdered in a riot. According to the book, state officials attempted to hide it. 

DaveThis is just a small part of the new diverse studies programIt’s possible that you were the one who started it, right? 

Grover: Yes, mom doesn’t want to us growing up as clueless as you guys did. 

Dave: (Chuckles) Well…I don’t want to be clueless, so I’m gonna learn with you guys. 

Isaiah: lots of people who’d rather act like those things never happened

DaveHe’s right. Boys, set your alarm. It’s time for me to get woke.

The scene presents certain strawmen that are crucial to the current neomarxist culture project. Although Dave and his generation didn’t know the exact details of this particular massacre, they were aware that post-Civil War America was plagued by lynchings and other race-based violence in the Jim Crow South and elsewhere. But the scene implies that a middle-aged white American like Dave is “clueless” about America’s past and needs to get “woke.”

The scene also focuses on a historical massacre most Americans would accept being taught to children Grover’s age. Therefore, it sets up the idea that opposition to “diversity studies” is really just opposition to learning about sins of the past against black Americans. There is no mention of the disturbing neo-Marxist “anti-whiteness” deeply embedded in the new “diversity” curricula parents are fighting.

While Dave is trying to get more “woke,” another father from the school, Stan Simmons (Jordan Belfi), expresses concerns to Gemma about the program and possible effects on his daughter.

Simmons: I just want to say I’m, uh, really struggling with this new diversity curriculum. I mean, there’s educating, and then there’s burdening our children with guilt, which can lead to depression and God knows what else.

Gemma: We certainly do not want that. Mm-hmm. But the goal is to tell the truth about our country’s history. 

Simmons: But by being exposed to this curriculum, she’s feeling responsible for things she had nothing to do with. As in race riots or slavery. 

Gemma: Well, our children didn’t fight the British, but we teach them about the American Revolution.

Actually, new woke history curriculums inspired by the 1619 Project teach a false history of the American Revolution. In discredited K-12 schools across the country, the 1619 Project teaches children that founders fought for slavery.

The episode begins with Simmons being the villain. In a second scene, Simmons is replaced by a child activist.

Grover: What can we do? 

Gemma: Grover? What do you children do here? 

GroverWe decided to get rid of the old book. We prefer the new one. We would like to know the truth about how we got here. 

IsaiahWe aren’t afraid. Everything is possible. Here, we eat lunch. The youth are us… 

Children“And we desire the truth!” 

EdenFather, sorry, but I am not in discomfort. That’s what you are. These are the things that happened. It is important to me. 

Simmons(Stammers). You children are not old enough to take part in this. 

FatherI disagree. If my son’s old enough to experience racism, then your daughter is old enough to learn about it. (Cheering, applause) 

There’s so much emotional manipulation in this one scene, children activated to speak truth to an “oppressive” parental power and an elitist white male brought down by righteous youth!

For Hollywood, the parents who are protesting at schools are just afraid of ever hearing about racism. In reality, far-left radical activist educators are trying to use race-based collective guilt to indoctrinate an entire generation into hatred of their own nation. It’s the truth Hollywood writers will not admit to on television.

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