Liberals were having a field day last week, sharing and commenting favorably on an 8-year-old’s defiant essay in a Chicago elementary school class. Despite getting a chastising note in his agenda from the teacher, the kid – King Johnson – won the respect of idiots all over America, including the idiot who birthed him. He did it by proudly regurgitating the unhelpful, unnecessary, and unhinged rhetoric his mom has no doubt been teaching him at home. Congratulations, kid: You probably aren’t going to do too much with your life with this kind of attitude, but you managed to go viral on the internet…so that’s something, eh?
Apparently, the kid was sitting at his desk, steam coming out of his ears, as his teacher explained how Christopher Columbus discovered America. When it was time to write about the day’s lesson in his journal, King Johnson let the teacher know that he was not pleased.
“Today was not a good learning day,” he wrote. “Blah blah blah, I only wanted to hear you not talking. You said something wrong and I can’t listen when I hear lies. My mom said that the only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace, because Columbus didn’t find our country the Indians did. I like to have Columbus Day off but I want you to not teach me lies. That is all. My question for the day is how can white people teach black history?”
Now it may sound like we’re going a little hard on a kid who’s only eight, but it strikes us that we would have been suspended if we’d written something like this “back in our day.” At the very least, it would have been parent-teacher conference time, and we can’t quite imagine Mom taking our side, no matter what she happened to believe about Christopher Columbus or black history. There’s disagreement and then there’s just a kid with a fresh mouth.
King Johnson’s mom? She told Huffington Post that she’s “proud” of her son for internalizing the lessons she taught him at home. Lessons that include, apparently, acknowledging the Notorious B.I.G. but not Christopher Columbus.
We find it endlessly tiresome when kids under the age of, say, 12 have strong political opinions of any kind, but we find it even more tiresome when we see idiots on the internet praising these children as though they were small geniuses for their counter-culture beliefs. It’s really…it’s too much. Think what you want about Christopher Columbus, Native Americans, or a white teacher’s ability to convey black history, but we should all agree that eight-year-old children should not be calling their teachers “liars” in class.
Or maybe we can’t. Who knows, nothing makes sense anymore…