Big League Politics was on the ground for the annual Teacher’s March organized by the North Carolina Association of Education (NCAE).
The march, attended by teachers and other school staff from across the state, was purported to be for increasing education and Medicaid funding, but from appearances, it seems more like a march in support of socialism
Twitter users sounded off about this, pointing out the NCAE’s logo for the event, which is identical to a logo often used by socialists and communists to signal solidarity, or resistance.
Seriously @ncae ? You chose the red fist used by #communists in the Soviet Union as a logo for your organization? Are you in the business of educating children or starting the next Marxist revolution? Or are those the same thing to you? pic.twitter.com/U4AGFwqrmx
— Alisia Collett (@collett_alisia) March 30, 2019
Along with the logo, the date of the event brings the real intentions into question, considering it is held on May 1st, which is also known as either May Day, or International Workers Day. The holiday is known for days of worldwide action from far-left activists, with Paris seeing violent clashes between police and masked protesters the same day.
And as it turns out, this combination of factors was likely intentional.
Alongside chants of “whose schools, our schools,” and “tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like,” smaller portions of the crowd were heard yelling “Jesus was a socialist!” Tables selling merchandise for the event were also sporting shirts from the Women’s March, which has been falling apart over claims of anti-Semitism.
On the ground, Big League Politics spoke to a number of individuals tabling socialist information booths, and mingling in the crowd. At one of the well-trafficked tables, members of the Socialist Workers Party were selling the Communist Manifesto, alongside books about brutal communist leaders Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro.
Those at the table were very supportive of the march.
Later in the event, Big League Politics spotted a journalist for the socialist newspaper The Militant just next to the press area of the event. Speaking with the man, he acknowledged the impression that the date of the event, alongside the red raised fist gave off, quipping that, “You never know how much people putting this together really realize.”
But while the event itself seemed to be pro-socialism, there were two men outside the event who most definitely were not. Both men were sporting a massive Re-Elect Trump 2020 sign, much to the chagrin of rally attendees. This reporter did witness a group of middle school aged kids at the event with their parents high-five the men, showing their support for President Trump.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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