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

CBS’s sitcom 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. Gemma’s supportive husband Dave (Max Greenfield), has been there for her. When he walks in as 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… I didn’t learn that at school. 

IsaiahA 1919 riot saw hundreds of blacks killed. It is claimed that the state tried to conceal it. 

DaveYou are a part. new diverse studies programIt’s possible that you were the one who started it, right? 

Grover: Mom isn’t interested in 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

DaveUnfortunately, it’s true. Boys, set your alarm. It’s time for me to get woke.

This scene brings together some key figures for the current neomarxist cultural 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.

GemmaWe don’t need any of this. 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. Slavery and race riots are two examples. 

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. The 1619 Project, which is discredited and spreading across K-12 schools in the United States, falsely claims that the founding fathers fought to protect slavery.

After Simmons has been established as the evil guy in the episode, children are used as activists during a scene later at school.

Grover: What can we do? 

Gemma: Grover? Was Grover the one you are referring to? 

Grover: The old book is no longer our favorite. The new book is better. We are interested in learning the truth about our past. 

IsaiahYes, we aren’t scared. Anything is possible. Here, we eat lunch. The youth are us… 

For KidsWe want to know 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) Your kids are way too young for this. 

Father: 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. This is the kind of truth that no Hollywood journalist would dare to admit on a TV show.

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