September 13, 2017

“Literature apartheid”: School board dumps Shakespeare as “racist” — but that’s not the real reason

Ezra LevantRebel Commander
 

The Peel District School board in Ontario is getting rid of Shakespeare. Because, they say, he’s white, and many students in the class are visible minorities.

So, obviously, they can’t read him.

Because we now have literature apartheid. You’re only allowed to read people from your own race I guess. Probably only those from your own sex, too. And your own sexual orientation.

Other than the Bible itself, is there any work of literature grander, and more universal than Shakespeare?

If you answer yes, you’re obviously racist.

Any fool who thinks banishing Shakespeare is acceptable in schools is someone clearly who does not understand Shakespeare’s role in our language, our culture, our thinking:

“As good luck would have it” — he invented that phrase. “Bated breath.” “Be-all and end-all.” “Brave new world.” “Dead as a doornail.” “Eaten me out of house and home.” “Forever and a day.” Even the phrase “for goodness’ sake.” The phrases “full circle,” “good riddance,” “heart of gold,” “In my heart of hearts,” “in my mind’s eye,” “Kill with kindness.”

And he just plain old invented words from scratch:

Addiction. Amazement. Bedroom. Buzzer. Epileptic. Eyeball. Gloomy. Fashionable. Champion. Gossip. Puking. In all, 1,700 words.

WATCH and I’ll introduce you to the bureaucrats with fancy job titles behind this.

These “educators” aren’t teaching literature. That’s not even their goal anymore. They’re teaching racial identity politics by practising it. They’re teaching young, optimistic, excited, equal Canadians not to think of themselves as being part of our country and our traditions.

Shakespeare, by the way, had black heroes, like Othello. And Jewish heroes, like Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice. Yes, they were flawed — Othello was jealous; Shylock was greedy. But they were utterly human, too.

Shakespeare marshalled the English language like no-one had done before or after. But he marshalled it to the purpose of exploring the human condition — universal conditions, like love and hate and ambition and jealous.

And you thought the TV show Modern Family was edgy? Imagine a black, Muslim hero marrying a white, Christian woman, 400 years ago. That’s Othello. The hero was flawed; he was tragic; but he was a hero.

Do you not think the story of jealousy and paranoia is universal? 

Yet these know-nothings would ban it.

I think I know why. Yes, it’s because of their pathological race-based identity politics. Yes, it’s because they despise our western traditions and our western heritage of literature and culture.

But I think there’s something else behind it:

Teaching Shakespeare is hard.

If you’re a school bureaucrat too stupid to understand its importance to our literature, you’re probably too stupid to teach it. That’s the real reason these school boards are banning it.

 

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commented 2017-09-15 21:57:39 -0400 · Flag
How do you erase history? Post modernism. Communism, socialism and all the other isms.
commented 2017-09-15 18:51:52 -0400
Bill Davis, former Premier of Ontario who did so much for education in this province, would be appalled that this is happening in his former riding.
commented 2017-09-15 18:11:00 -0400 · Flag
I guess all school courses have to be eliminated! Almost all math, science, economy, democracy, etc teachings were developed in Europe. That leaves ethnic cooking in Home Ec, and Carpet Weaving. Oh, I forgot the humanities – which is not a science, but a collection of feelings of inadequacy brought on by European accomplishments!
commented 2017-09-15 18:07:51 -0400 · Flag
Speechless! It has all been said. Too late. Our Universities are no longer bastions of civil discourse and exchange of ideas. Now they are collections of propaganda,anti nationalism,and of course anti-Semitism. Now this pernicious ideology is in our schools,and the brainwashing continues!Watch for our monuments to tumble as the “marginilised” gain more power! WE all watched this happen,and no one said a word. You anger and suggestions are too late!!WE are doomed!!
commented 2017-09-15 15:11:08 -0400 · Flag
I’M SURE THEY STILL TEACH SHAKESPEARE IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO THE ELITETHIS IS BECOMING A 2 TIER EDUCATION SYSTEM EH!
commented 2017-09-14 13:57:46 -0400
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

William Shakespeare
A Midsummer-Night’s Dream
commented 2017-09-14 13:55:35 -0400
Liza, people pulling their kids out of Peel schools in unlikely to happen. They are the same people who voted the School Board in.
commented 2017-09-14 11:07:59 -0400
The Peel school board is out of control. Haul your kid’s the hell out of that district. Move, seriously I cannot imagine having to deal with public schools these days. The public school system is an indoctrination factory for Islam and neo Marxists. People better get smart about allowing their kids to be exposed in these destroyers of everything we in the west stand for, or be prepared to live with the consequences.

Anyone who thinks we should not be teaching Shakespeare in schools should not be teaching our children.
Peel is the test case for what is to come across the country. from prayer rooms to banning Shakespeare. Take your kids out of the public school system.
commented 2017-09-14 07:32:12 -0400 · Flag
“In the near future, you’ll wish you had cared. "

I had cared at one time, EVELYN. But then I slowly came to realize that all our time, efforts and hopes putting together highway blockades and tractor parades to Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park to protest big, intrusive governments were utterly wasted because of the simple fact that Canadians, by and large, are cowards.

Canadians will piss and moan over beer and coffee, and they will type away furiously at their keyboards, but they are no-shows when it comes to meaningful action.
commented 2017-09-14 03:44:33 -0400
I have my doubts that Ezra wrote this monologue. I have a feeling that it was prepared by one of his writers, and Ezra just read it on screen. Can you picture Ezra cutting and pasting all that Shakespeare into a monologue on his own?

And Shylock is a bad guy. He is vindictive and tried to screw over Antonio and BAssanio. HE deserves to lose his daughter. Good thing he was forced to convert.
commented 2017-09-14 03:41:14 -0400
I have a theory that Ezra Levant is the smartest person in the room 80% of the time. He carries this as a burden (as it must be almost like having prescience) and his sense of honor and ethics has compelled him to do something about what he sees as potential danger to the average man’s life and liberty, so he created all of this. He’s a hero for his courage and honor to fight on despite whatever pushbacks and setbacks have been thrown in his way. It’s lucky there are people like Ezra Levant in the world, because our freedom and our entire Western culture is at stake.
commented 2017-09-13 23:47:41 -0400
CANADIAN HISTORY IS NO LONGER TAUGHTNOT AS HISTORY… IT’S USED FOR PROPAGANDA. KIDS HAVE NO CONCEPT OF HISTORY… THAT’S IT’S ONE HUGE LONG ONGOING STORYORWELL WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID: “THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO DESTROY PEOPLE IS TO DENY AND OBLITERATE THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR HISTORY”.
commented 2017-09-13 23:40:47 -0400
THEY’RE ALREADY REPLACING IT WITH THEIRNEW SPEAKGENDER PRONOUNS EH!
commented 2017-09-13 22:13:00 -0400
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America is a long book, but one you should read. It’s older now, so you can download if for free here; http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/

The real question is, how do we get rid of these western-hating socialists?
commented 2017-09-13 20:08:17 -0400
RON VOSS said, “This is the same leftist school board that Kevin Johnson tangled with” and you are correct. It’s also the same school board I attended from K to Gr.13. I am astonished how something that was such a great educational system in the 60s to 70s (and it REALLY was!) has disintegrated into this disgusting cornucopia of fools, perverts and evil-doers. I weep for parents of kids in Peel being victimized by this egregious system.
commented 2017-09-13 19:40:19 -0400
I would love to hear how he would describe people like Justin and the Antifa idiots.
commented 2017-09-13 19:39:13 -0400
Yeah how dare a white man be revered correctly as a timeless genius. The idiots who want his work gone obviously cannot deal with his insights on the human condition and humanity itself/ It would be amazing if he was alive to put them in their place and see the confused look on their faces as he rips them a new one verbally.
commented 2017-09-13 19:34:43 -0400
Mr. Leavant, you are clearly a passionate reader. I don’t think I have seen as brilliant of a presentation of Shakespeare since my second year English course 46 years ago. Excellent video.

You are correct that it is impossible for the illiterate, like millennial teachers, to teach literacy. Hence the reason to ban Shakespeare, Dickens, Hardy, Steinbeck, Salinger, Updike, etc., etc., etc.

Final thought, if Shakespeare is politically incorrect, does that mean Broadway can no longer show Julius Caesar, with Trump as Caesar?
commented 2017-09-13 18:51:04 -0400
To paraphrase the good Bard, ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the school board members and public serctor unionists…’
commented 2017-09-13 18:47:27 -0400
This is the same leftist school board that Kevin Johnson tangled with.
commented 2017-09-13 18:46:06 -0400
JANICE KAY commented, “I have an idea! Let the Peel District Board teach Tommy Robinson’s “Mohammed’s Koran” (available at Amazon.ca). Mohammed was a brown person.” Following the Amazon link, it indicated “limited availability, out of print”. How convenient. I am currently reading the Kindle version. It is excellent! A slam dunk for truth!
commented 2017-09-13 18:26:57 -0400
Peel District School Board is foul!
commented 2017-09-13 17:57:18 -0400 · Flag
It is thoughts like this the left fear for leftist dogma thrives in the shadow of ignorance:

“The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be thine in great revenue!”

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing where with we fly to heaven.”

" I say there is no darkness but ignorance." (William Shakespeare)
commented 2017-09-13 17:51:18 -0400 · Flag
I have a better explanation Ezra which relates to the regressed mindset of leftists in administrative power – they are simply channeling their ideological Bolshevist roots which is essentially anti-intellectual authoritarianism. This is modern version of book burning classic literature and gulaging intellectuals – the end purpose being to fill students with regressive narrow ideological thinking. What will replace the greatest works of literature of the renaissance, the red book?
commented 2017-09-13 17:36:24 -0400 · Flag
STEVE HICKEN, YES IT CAN BE STOPPED HOWEVER WE HAVE NO REAL MEN ANYMORE AND CANADIANS ARE COWARDS, TRAITORS AND PUSSIES! OUr brave men MADE NO EXCUSE DURING THE WAR BUT RATHER LEFT THEIR FAMILIES BEHIND HERE IN CANADA , CROSSED THE OCEAN AND FOUGHT FOR CANADA, US AND OUR FREEDOMS! YOUR COMMENT IS PURE COWARDICE! SHUT OFF ALL THE TAPS TO ALL GOVERNMENTS IN CANADA VIA OUR TAX DOLLARS/MONEY IMMEDIATELY! BRING THEM ALL DOWN INCLUDING THE IMPORTED/ILLEGAL/FAKE REFUGEE TRASH AND TAKE BACK WHAT IS OURS! THEY HAVE THEIR OWN COUNTRIES WHICH THEY THEMSELVES DESTROYED VIA THEIR RELGIONS AND CULTURES SO THEY INVADE US AND DO THE EXACT SAME THING TO US AND OUR COUNTRY AND WE REWARD THEM FOR DOING IT! ARE YOU ALL MENTALLY UNBALANCED OR SIMPLY INSANE!~ NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE OUR SORRY ASSSES, TO , ASSUMING YOU ARE A ‘MAN’ , GROW SOME BALLS ,TAKE OFF YOUR PINK PANTIES AND GET YOUR MALE FREINDS TOGETHER AS WE ARE GOING TO WAR! BEST DO IT ON OUR TERMS BECAUSE THE LONGER WE DO NOTHING , WE WILL BE GOING TO WAR ON THEIR TERMSFOR NO OTHER REASON THAN TO FIGHT FOR OUR VERY LIVES! CAN’T HIDE FOREVER!~!
commented 2017-09-13 17:31:02 -0400
I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS TRASH INVADING MY COUNTRY AND DOING NOTHING BUT BREEDING, PILLAGING, COMPLAINING, PROTESTING, HATING, ABUSING, EXPLOITING, AND SUING!i DIDN’T INVITE YOU HERE, I DON’T WANT YOU HERE UNLESS YOU SHOW RESPECT AND GRATITUDE, WORK, CONTRIBUTE , OBEY THE LAWS AND LIVE PEACEFULLY OTHERWISE , GET OUT!LET THE LEFTY INSANITY AND THE WHITE GENOCIDE CONTINUE UNABATED HERE IN THE FORMER CANADA! KEEP STUFFING THE GOVERNMENT COFFERS WHICH FEED THIS INSANITY AND SOON NONE OF US WILL EVEN BE HERE! THEY FUCKED UP THEIR OWN COUNTRIES YET THEY COME HERE AND FOREVER TELL US WHAT IS WRONG WITH US WHILE COMPLAINING, DEMANDING, ABUSING/ EXPLOITING, HATING AND SO ON! SHUT OFF THE TAPS AND STARVE THEM ALL OUT BEGINNING WITH THE BIGGEST ANTI WHITE PIECE OF SHIT, TRUDEAU!
commented 2017-09-13 16:36:51 -0400
So what do they suggest: 50 shades of grey?

Shakespeare was suspected to be a Roman Catholic and is often referenced by the Catholic Church even today. School boards simply want to eliminate Shakespeare, thus, any connection to Catholicism/Christianity, religion, religious themes and undertones.
commented 2017-09-13 16:27:55 -0400
Peel District School board in Ontario it’s time to flush out the rats that only eat the cheese.
commented 2017-09-13 16:27:18 -0400
well said. But this is the liberal way and it cannot be stopped.