Lee  Culpepper
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With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twain’s classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most.

Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twain’s timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry -- no matter the color of the bigot. Unfortunately, too few Americans have read the novel. Mark Twain’s intellectual bullying hurts everyone’s self-esteem, so today’s students are often sheltered from the author’s ruthless scorn.

Public schools have become petri dishes for political correctness, and Twain’s venomous commentary on the human race is unpleasant to swallow. His universal truths not only sting but also pose a threat to a school system that reserves judgement on the sins of the world but damns America for causing them.

Twain once wrote, “God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” Twain’s humor sums up our current education system concisely. What else needs to be said about adults who hold children hostage and feed them a diet of resentment toward their own country?

Twain condemns the whole human race, not white or black Americans. Consequently, Twain’s message interferes with the propaganda undermining America’s noble values through lessons that focus primarily on our most shameful history. What’s a liberal public school teacher supposed to say if an astute student were to ask, “America is bad compared to what?” The poor kid would probably be suspended for actually thinking, if efforts to brainwash him continued to fail.

And speaking of brainwashing, liberals are scrambling for a clever narrative to blame conservatives for the racial division and violence plaguing the nation. However, liberals should look in the mirror first. How many Americans recognize the motto “E pluribus unum”? (Out of many, one.) The multi-cultural psychobabble peddled by liberals today significantly intensifies America’s racial division by discouraging assimilation.

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Lee Culpepper

Lee Culpepper is a recovering high school English teacher and former Marine. He currently teaches firearm courses and has resumed his passion for writing.