Synopsis: Fireworks are bad for the environment and they brainwash our kids into loving a country guilty of slavery and extinction of Native Americans.
Bill Bigelow, co-editor of the Zinn Education Project and curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools, says not to celebrate the 4th of July on his blog. He is also a public school teacher in Portland, Oregon from 1978 to 2007.
He is also the author of Rethinking Columbus, a book that has been banned in several school districts. It portrays a negative worldview of United States history.
Has it ever occurred to you, in your lifetime, that celebrating the 4th of July was a bad thing? Most likely not. That is why I had to read what Bigelow’s viewpoint was.
Here is the synopsis:
- Noise pollution, fireworks terrify young children and animals.
- Air pollution, thick smoke in the air.
- Fires are caused by defective firecrackers and toy missiles
- inappropriate because we’re waging war around the world with "real fireworks".
- fireworks is a "pretend war"… insulting to the wars overseas.
- The Colonialists waged war on the Native Americans.
- He quotes Frederick Douglass’ "The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro" by saying the United States is guilty of some of the most shocking practices in the world i.e. slavery.
This is what he said in an interview back in 2002.
The first thing I keep in mind is the Hippocratic oath: Do no harm…. I want my students to come away from the class believing that studying history can be enjoyable and meaningful.
Do no harm? Really? Telling people they are being brainwashed by fireworks on July 4th is not harming anybody? He’s crazy. Loony.