Daniels overstepped in quest to ban Zinn book

2013-08-04T00:00:00Z Daniels overstepped in quest to ban Zinn book nwitimes.com
August 04, 2013 12:00 am

Who is this evil, revisionist college professor whose books Mitch Daniels sought to ban from Indiana schools? A quote from Zinn's letter to The New York Times regarding his book, "A People's History of the United States," illustrates his orientation:

"Our people are basically decent and caring, and our highest ideals are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, which says that all of us have an equal right to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' The history of our country, I point out in my book, is a striving against corporate robber barons and war makers, to make those ideals a reality — and all of us, of whatever age, can find immense satisfaction in becoming part of that."

Is it the equality of Americans or the telling of the struggles of the working class, minorities and women to which Mr. Daniels objects? Has the governor no faith in our ability to critique and learn from all manner of intellectuals? Or are closed minds just easier to control?

As a Purdue graduate, I am ashamed to have a president one who would ban books from a historian of worldwide repute. Mr. Daniels, you are neither a historian nor an educator. Substantiate your objections with specific, defensible arguments against Zinn or be quiet.

- Karen Kroczek

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