The authors of a textbook used at University of South Carolina earned an ‘F’ in Ronald Reagan 101, according to several conservative Gamecock students.
“Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives” portrays the 40th president as a sexist who was insensitive to minorities and whose main accomplishments were cutting taxes, jacking up defense spending and “slashing” social programs. The book states that conservatives like Reagan “take a pessimistic view of human nature.”
“I was absolutely shocked and was tempted to throw the book away,” Anna Chapman, 19, a sophomore majoring in political science, told FoxNews.com. “I would even write comments in the actual textbook next to some of the offensive things that I read. I didn’t know that this is what I had signed up for.”
The sexist comments are particular difficult to square with The Gipper’s record. Although the book states that he “ascribed to woman ‘primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency,” history shows Reagan appointed the first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, to the Supreme Court.
Reagan also appointed the first woman ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick. And among some 1,400 women Reagan appointed to policy-making positions during his two terms in office were Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler and Secretary of Labor Ann Dore McLaughlin. The textbook makes no mention of any of these appointments, Chapman noted in a post for education blog Campus Reform.
“This book goes out of its way to glorify liberalism and demonize conservatism”
– Anna Chapman, 19, University of South Carolina student
According to the book, authored by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, Reagan “discounted the importance of racism and discrimination, and maintained that, if they tried, African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans could become just as successful as whites.” But the policies he implemented, which were continued by President George H.W. Bush, increased homelessness and the number of people living in poverty, according to the book.
“The way it describes conservatives as viewing people as “lazy, corrupt, and incapable of true charity” is extremely offensive and beyond not true, granted the fact that conservatives believe that people are capable of succeeding without government interference,” added Chapman, who is secretary of the school’s College Republicans. “I come from a middle class, conservative family, with extremely giving parents, so it really hit home for me.”
In the subsection of the text, titled “Conservatism,” the authors list three concepts as characterizing conservatives:
What’s truth to a liberal?
OK Democrats, if Reagan was “sexist”, what would that make your hero Bill Clinton?