Salon: Racist, conspiratorial right-wingers would distort U.S. history curriculum

The uproar on the right over new standards for AP U.S. history courses has caught the attention of lefty writer Sean McElwee. In a Sunday article for Salon, McElwee suggested that of all the reasons that conservative activists shouldn’t dictate the American-history curriculum, the salient one is that they’re not truly conservative.

McElwee argued that old-school conservatism, which focused on “understanding tradition and the limits of human reason,” has been replaced by a “reactionary” ideology “imbued with racism, conspiratorial thinking and a hyper-individualistic capitalism.”

Right-wingers of this stripe, he argued, have furthered “distortions of history” on topics including the War on Poverty, the legacy of slavery, and U.S. foreign policy…