EVERETT, Wash. – A recent video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a Washington State high school English teacher using her position to indoctrinate students into her line of political thought.
The video, uploaded by Akakios Yiannapoulos Dec. 10, was reportedly recorded during an English lesson for juniors in Snohomish County the day prior. The nearly 8-minutes of footage appears to have been shot by a student near the front of the classroom, where a projector screen displays a news broadcast that criticizes presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Muslims and immigration.
“Ok, shhhhh. Hey guys, can you get in a state so you can watch this? We’re watching this, don’t talk,” the teacher tells students as she ques up the video. “We will discuss this briefly, then you are going to be reading this thing called ‘The Lessons of Salem,’ because these are lessons we learned as a country, ok.”
“We return to our lead story … Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering this country,” the video begins. “In the heat of the political moment, some perspective. History is replete with examples of when fear and intolerance take hold and an entire category of people is marginalized.”
Students laughed loudly when Trump’s image appears on the screen, but the teacher quickly quells the noise.
“Donald Trump’s promise to ban all Muslims from coming to America is more, much more than a shouted campaign provocation,” Tom Brokaw announces in the video – a lead in to Tuesday’s segment of NBC Nightly News that compared his rhetoric to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Holocaust, and McCarthyism.
“Trump’s statement, even in a season of extremes, is a dangerous proposal that overrides history, law, and the foundation of America itself,” Brokaw said. “In my lifetime alone, we have witnessed the consequences of paranoia overriding reason.
“During World War II, law abiding Japanese American citizens were herded into remote internment camps, losing their jobs, businesses and social standing while an all Japanese division fought heroically in Europe,” the video continued. “At the same time, in Germany, a regime declared war on its own citizens if they were Jewish, and Germany paid the ultimate price – defeat and history’s condemnation.” Read More