A textbook assigned as required reading at a North Carolina community college is loaded with assertions that anyone opposing lockdowns and masking is directly to blame for COVID deaths and the spread of the virus.
Campus Reform obtained a copy of the document, which states that the severe restrictions imposed by the Biden government “saved tens of thousands of lives” and that Americans who flout them should be held responsible, despite scientific research that has found lockdowns will actually cause millions of excess deaths.
A passage in the book reads “Most Americans responded to the pandemic by limiting their social contact, covering their faces when going out, and washing their hands thoroughly after they did,” adding “yet lives were lost because some Americans held beliefs that were at odds with the facts.”
The book, written by Harvard professor Thomas E. Patterson, is titled “We the People: An Introduction to American Government,” and the specific passage appears in a chapter on ‘critical thinking and detecting misinformation’.
The textbook was assigned to students on the ‘American Government’ course at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, according to the report.
While claiming he is a ‘centrist’, Patterson is known for injecting leftist opinion into material that is supposed to be apolitical.
He told Campus Reform that “Some of my beliefs do enter into my work, as is the case with every author.”
The report also nots that students at the same college in North Carolina were assigned a quiz that declared CNN to be a more reliable source of news than conservative outlets.
One student at the college who wished to remain anonymous told Campus Reform that it is highly ironic that material on a critical thinking module isn’t “allowing me or other students to think critically about things.”
Jeff Lowarance, Vice President of Communications at Central Piedmont claimed that “Textbooks reflect the knowledge and the opinions of the authors, not necessarily the college,” and that “students always are encouraged to question and discuss their class materials.”
Some of the reviews of the textbook on Amazon note the open bias of the material:
As Suffolk County College Professor Nicholas Giordano has repeatedly warned, basic facts about the U.S. and The Constitution are being skipped over in the classroom in favour of an ‘Anti-American’ globalist theory based on the ‘past sins’ of their ancestors.