March 26, 2019

Leftist Indoctrination at Barnes & Noble

“Did you grow up reading memoirs about persecuted illegal aliens, morality plays with 3-year-old vegan protagonists, and autobiographies of liberal Supreme Court justices? Neither did I. But such children’s fare may be on offer at your local bookstore.

Just as many of us try to inflict our sporting allegiances on our children—ask my 9- and 11-year-old sons how fun it is to root for the Buffalo Bills—so do we foist our political views on them. When it comes to books and other media, liberals are spoiled for options, while conservatives are offered thin gruel. Unless you lock your children in a screenless cave in Idaho, they’ll consume a steady diet of leftist dogma simply by exposure to American popular culture.

At Barnes & Noble the other day, my sons and I noticed a display called “Inspiring Books to Empower Young Readers.” The collection included “First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great,” which lionizes, among others, Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos and the first fashion model to wear a hijab.

There were three memoirs by illegal aliens, two novels whose protagonists were refugees, Sonia Sotomayor’s “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” and “We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices,” an anthology that includes a fictional story of a child who is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at school as he endures taunts from white classmates wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.”

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