In this Nov. 12, 2021, file photo, Matt Hawn works at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee. Hawn was fired from Sullivan Central High School after school officials said he used materials with offensive language and failed to provide a conservative viewpoint during discussions of white privilege in his contemporary issues class, which has since been eliminated. Credit: Wade Payne / AP

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Definition of “liberty”: “The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.” Self-appointed New Hampshire authoritarians, Moms For Liberty, have  offered a $500 bounty for anyone who can catch a teacher teaching the factual chronicles of race and cultures. The hypocrisy! The self-righteousness! The moral low ground! When and how did we let these people take over our children’s education?

They seem to be driven to make sure our kids, future kids and grandkids do not learn the heroic racial and cultural chronicled history that built America and makes it the most remarkable, proudly diverse country on earth. Why are they so afraid of teachers teaching truth and facts?

Xenophobic tyrants — self-appointed, selected, elected — are doing their best to destroy the democracy fostered by courageous Indigenous and enslaved cultures they apparently want expunged from classrooms. Show up, stand up, speak out, vote out!

Carol Selsberg

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