Historians have said many of McLeroy's assertions are dubious and have worried about politicization of such classroom staples as the Revolutionary War and the civil rights movement.By all means, disagree with his assertions, but, um, "such classroom staples as the Revolutionary War and the civil rights movement" were explicitly political events. Oh, I suppose it is easier to consign them to "history," to denude them of context and controversy, to elide all disagreement on their meaning and ramifications, to pin their pretty wings to the velvet and cover them in glass, but it is also false. Look, I do not think that the United States was founded on "biblical principles," just one of the above-mentioned dubious assertions--I think "biblical principles" is an almost entirely hollow phrase, signifying very little. At the same time, yahoos like McLeroy do us a favor if they at least force us to look backwards with a moderately critical eye, to consider that wars, revolutions, and social movements aren't the passage of a breeze over grass, but are real, palpable, and catastrophic, even if we ultimately deem the end results to be salutory.
I too find it offensive to listen to white people making barely cryptoracist arguments about the Great Society causing the "destruction of the black family", but at the same time, the civil rights movement did not consist solely of a few marches and sit-ins culminating in a big speech at the Lincoln Memorial. That's a false telling. The civil rights era was a wrenching, traumatic time, full of death and conflict, and although I do not think that the disintegration of Jim Crow in the south is the proximate cause of epidemic black single parenthood, I do think that the question of how urban industrialization provided an economic foundation and context for civic struggle and understanding how subsequent de-industrialization has undercut some of those earlier gains is not only a legitimate topic of inquiry, but a necessary one.
See, shit is fucked, and although it sort of sucks that some kids are being taught incorrect reasons for shit being fucked, having their minds exposed to the fact of the shit-fuckery makes them a lot more open to unofficial counternarratives than panegyrical tales of the American Cincinnatus and Honest Abe and a sanctified and deracinated MLK.