*Graphic content. Reader Discretion Advised
What an exhausting day! You look at the clock and see you have about 20 glorious minutes to rest before the kiddos come home from school. You notice that your 16-year-old left his Literature book on the coffee table. “The Bluest Eye.” It’s too tempting. At this point you are too exhausted to care what you read, you just want a break. So you decide to indulge.
Cup of Coffee… Check.
Comfy Lounge… Check.
Book in hand… Check.
You begin to read…..(warning**explicit)
“A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his anus. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her vagina was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her vagina. She appeared to have fainted.”
…..“He further limited his interests to little girls. They were usually manageable . . . His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness.” And later, this same pedophile notes, “I work only through the Lord. He sometimes uses me to help people.” Page 181: “The little girls are the only things I’ll miss. Do you know that when I touched their sturdy little t*** and bit them—just a little—I felt I was being friendly?—If I’d been hurting them, would they have come back? . . . they’d eat ice cream with their legs open while I played with them. It was like a party.”
The color drains from your face and the book slips from your hands. You quickly look around, hoping that no one has seen what you just read. You double-check the cover. Yes, you see the school’s information printed on the spine. Yes, you see your son has the book signed out to him. You continue further. Burning anger surges from your stomach up to your throat. You quickly scroll through the pages frantically.
Pages 84-85: “He must enter her surreptitiously, lifting the hem of her nightgown only to her navel. He must rest his weight on his elbows when they make love, to avoid hurting her breasts…When she senses some spasm about to grip him, she will make rapid movements with her hips, press her fingernails into his back, suck in her breath, and pretend she is having an orgasm. She might wonder again, for the six hundredth time, what it would be like to have that feeling while her husband’s penis is inside her.” ….Pages 130-131: “Then he will lean his head down and bite my t** . . . I want him to put his hand between my legs, I want him to open them for me. . . I stretch my legs open, and he is on top of me…He would die rather than take his thing out of me. Of me. I take my fingers out of his and put my hands on his behind…” Pages 148-149: “With a violence born of total helplessness, he pulled her dress up, lowered his trousers and underwear. ‘I said get on wid it. An’make it good, n*****, Come on c***. Faster. You ain’t doing nothing for her.’ He almost wished he could do it—hard, long, and painfully, he hated her so much.” Read more
Running to the internet, nearly tripping over your slippers, you shuffle through the papers on your desk to call your school. As reported this morning, you find out that this book, “The Bluest Eye” has been on the Common Core list of exemplar texts for your 11th grader. (See for your self)
You knew about Common Core. It has been the buzz word all around town. You brushed it off thinking it could not happen to you. You are the parent, and you would just “fix” things at home. Oh they are just “standard” they said..not curriculum. Your school district is conservative. Let someone else deal with it you said. All the excuses ran through your head.
If the articles that came out this week about the idea of new Common Core math (i.e 3X4=11) principles of the “thinking process being more important than right or wrong answers” didn’t bother you… would the possibility of your child reading pornographic books bother you? Missed the math lesson? View it below.
Parents, it is vital to wake up to the dangers of Common Core. If you are not up to speed on these dangers, I have included links below that will help educate you. Indiana is at a critical juncture. Because of activists like you, the Legislature put Common Core on pause. We want to see it completely dismantled and rejected. This has to be done by the Indiana State School Board. There are two more hearings that will debate the topic at the Indiana Statehouse. One is September 10th, and the other is in October. After that, the school board will vote to continue Common Core, or dismantle it.
It is time to get in the game to protect these children. Speak out to your state school board representative and to your lawmaker. and let them know that you do not want Common Core in the state of Indiana. Education belongs at the local level.
Additional information regarding Bluest Eyes in Indiana:
Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana
March 10, 2009
Delphi schools reject banning 3 books
DELPHI — A school district has rejected a call to ban three books from an 11th grade advanced English curriculum.
The Delphi Community School Corp. board voted 5-1 against the proposed ban at a meeting attended by about 150 people Monday night.
A group of parents said that the books should not be assigned in class due to their sexual content and graphic language. The books were Bobbie Ann Mason’s “In Country,” Chris Crutcher’s “Chinese Handcuffs” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”
The books are taught at Delphi High School, a school with about 515 students about 15 miles north of Lafayette.
English teacher Pat Brettnacher said she’s thankful that the board stood by its teachers.
(Note, this was a LOCAL decision… a wrong decision, but a local one) Common core opts you out of the local decision when they put these books on the exemplary status list.