More of your conversation would infect my brain,” Shakespeare wrote in “Coriolanus” 400 years ago, but he might as well have been talking about the codswallop clouding white America’s winter of discontent, as limousine liberals whip themselves into 50 shades of silly to ingratiate ethnic groups — with the bard as their new patsy.
California teacher Dana Dusbiber wants to boot Willie from her curriculum for being a “long-dead British guy,” and replace him with the oral, storytelling traditions of Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia to spare her minority students “Eurocentric” works and expose white youngsters to “a world of diversity.” Can’t she do both?
Shakespeare’s works have stayed alive for centuries because they tackle struggles we still face today, but his power lies in his ability to motivate youngsters, such as students at PS 235 — in mostly minority Canarsie — who stage an annual Shakespeare expo because they think Will is worth it.
Dusbiber should be as earnest about sharing the everlasting harsh realities of the cultures she wants to glorify:
• A mob in the Democratic Republic of Congo stoned, burned, and ate a man alive in November for being an alleged Islamo-extremist.
• Latin America is the murder capital of the planet, boasting 43 of the world’s 50 most violent cities.
• Christians subsist in danger in Southeast Asian Pakistan, where former field worker Asia Bibi is on death row on trumped-up charges of blasphemy arising from an argument with Muslims incensed that a Christ believer dared to touch their water bucket.
English written works have preserved our ideals and advanced our civilization. They are part of the western canon that is a global yardstick and makes “Eurocentric” America great, attracting nearly 655,000 new citizens last year. But white Americans will become a minority in the next 50 years, predict census projecters, prompting the advent of the English-free classroom in the Disunited States of America, where Dusbiber and her ilk will be dinosaurs unless they can teach in Spanish, Swahili, and Punjabi.
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