Saturday, November 30, 2013

• 'Barack Obama: Son of Promise' Audio Book

This children's book, "Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope", has been out since 2008 I believe. This audio takes you through the presentation of Obama to children by the author. From my research online I can tell you the following:

As you listen to the book, you are introduced to a child David and his mother. The book is the story of Obama as told to David by his mother. Obama is glorified in David's eyes by the story his mother told.

The book qualifies for "Common Core" curriculum but is NOT a major assignment across the country. If it is assigned, it's probably in schools with a large black student body.

The book does not so much "deify" Mr. Obama as much as it presents him as some sort of uniter. We know that this is completely false. Obama never united anyone, except one side against another.

The reading is subtle but pointed - you can catch all kinds of things in the reading of the book, such as right near the beginning where dead beat dads who leave their children are passed off as just something normal, Barack's dad left, and so did David's.

It would be an EXCELLENT idea to call your local elementary school, and find out if they are assigning "Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope" for reading. If they are, start warning your neighbors and friend with children in school. -Jz

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