Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Zinn?

The right-wingers who attacked Howard Zinn’s The People Speak can’t dispute that the speeches, letters, petitions and songs performed in the film are real. If they are, then why shouldn’t people–including young people–hear them?

By Brian Jones, Socialist Worker, December 16, 2009

WHEN I first read Patrick Courrielche’s rant against the film The People Speak, I have to admit I felt a pinch of pride. After all, if you’re going to be slandered, what better company to be in than Howard Zinn’s?

Courrielche’s article for Big Hollywood–a conservative Web site obsessively devoted to decrying the left-wing conspiracy in the entertainment industry–was about The People Speak, a documentary inspired by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s anthology Voices of a People’s History of the United States. Courrielche accused the film of everything from perpetrating a distorted, one-sided “version” of American history to presenting inappropriate material to three-year-olds. Published before The People Speak aired last Sunday night, the article seemed designed to stir up a right-wing campaign against the network that dared to broadcast it–the History Channel.

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