CA’s proposed ‘ethnic studies’ curriculum includes chants to Aztec god of cannibalism, ‘counter-genocide’

CA’s proposed ‘ethnic studies’ curriculum includes chants to Aztec god of cannibalism, ‘counter-genocide’
A reenactment of Mictlantecuhtli, god of the dead (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Just about the time you thought things couldn’t get any worse in our nation’s public schools, someone comes along and says, “Hold my beer.” On Wednesday, the City-Journal reported that the California Department of Education is set to vote next week on a new statewide ethnic studies curriculum that advocates the “decolonization” of American society and elevates Aztec religious symbolism.

We are not kidding. According to the report, the curriculum is based on the Marxist ideology of Paolo Freire and includes chants to the Aztec god of human sacrifice and cannibalism.

It also advocates a “counter-genocide” against white Christians.

Christopher F. Rufo, the author of the piece, tweeted:


In his article, which I highly recommend reading, Rufo notes [Emphasis added]:

The religious narrative is even more disturbing. Cuauhtin developed a related “mandala” claiming that white Christians committed “theocide” against indigenous tribes, killing their gods and replacing them with Christianity. White settlers thus established a regime of “coloniality, dehumanization, and genocide,” characterized by the “explicit erasure and replacement of holistic Indigeneity and humanity.” The solution, according to Cuauhtin and the ethnic studies curriculum, is to “name, speak to, resist, and transform the hegemonic Eurocentric neocolonial condition” in a posture of “transformational resistance.” The ultimate goal is to “decolonize” American society and establish a new regime of “countergenocide” and “counterhegemony,” which will displace white Christian culture and lead to the “regeneration of indigenous epistemic and cultural futurity.”

This religious concept is fleshed out in the model curriculum’s official “ethnic studies community chant.” The curriculum recommends that teachers lead their students in a series of indigenous songs, chants, and affirmations, including the “In Lak Ech Affirmation,” which appeals directly to the Aztec gods. Students first clap and chant to the god Tezkatlipoka—whom the Aztecs traditionally worshipped with human sacrifice and cannibalism—asking him for the power to be “warriors” for “social justice.” Next, the students chant to the gods Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Xipe Totek, seeking “healing epistemologies” and “a revolutionary spirit.” Huitzilopochtli, in particular, is the Aztec deity of war and inspired hundreds of thousands of human sacrifices during Aztec rule. Finally, the chant comes to a climax with a request for “liberation, transformation, [and] decolonization,” after which students shout “Panche beh! Panche beh!” in pursuit of ultimate “critical consciousness.”

The chants have a clear implication: the displacement of the Christian god, which is said to be an extension of white supremacist oppression, and the restoration of the indigenous gods to their rightful place in the social justice cosmology. It is, in a philosophical sense, a revenge of the gods.

Can you imagine, just for a nanosecond, what would happen if Christians suggested teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in public school classrooms, followed by an altar call? Or a baptism? Or communion? The Left would go absolutely insane.

Rufo says that “given the nature of California politics,” which is far to the left, the board is likely to approve this latest abomination. (RELATED: Sex ed in CA will now include sexually explicit content on fisting, blood play, oral sex, more)

Twitchy advises that you can read the whole thing, including sample lesson plans here. According to the site, comments can be sent via email to [email protected]. This is the preferred method of receiving comment, they said.


Joe Newby

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