An extremist, anti-American agenda tainted History and Commemoration: The Legacies of the Pacific War,” a workshop for community college professors sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, complains Penelope Blake, a humanities professor at Rock Valley College in Illinois. The workshop was held at the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center in July.
Blake sent Power Line a Sept. 12 letter she wrote to Illinois Rep. Donald Manzullo, her congressman, asking him to vote against funding for future workshops until the NEH explains the violation of its objective to foster “a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.”
In my thirty years as a professor in upper education, I have never witnessed nor participated in a more extremist, agenda-driven, revisionist conference, nearly devoid of rhetorical balance and historical context for the arguments presented.
Among other things, presenters want Japan to be seen as a victim of U.S. imperialism forced to attack Pearl Harbor. War memorials like the Arizona Memorial should be recast as “peace memorials,” with care taken not to offend visitors from Japan. They see veterans as old fogies with suspect memories who are going to die soon anyhow, letting the academics determine what really happened.