Colorado Board of Education Member Says U.S.‭ “‬Voluntarily‭”‬ Ended Slavery


Slavery in America came to an end only after a bloοdy civil war that almost tore this country apart.‭ ‬There are surely people in this country who aren‭’‬t aware of that fact,‭ ‬but we wouldn‭’‬t expect one of those people to be on a Colorado‭’‬s Board of Education.

Pam Mazanec,‭ ‬a Larkspur businesswoman who sits on Colorado‭’‬s Board of Education,‭ ‬expressed concern that Advanced Placement history test answers cast America in a negative light.
‭“‬As an example,‭ ‬I note our slavery history,‭”‬ she wrote on Facebook,‭ ‬according to the‭ ‬Colorado Independent.‭ “‬Yes,‭ ‬we practiced slavery.‭ ‬But we also ended it voluntarily,‭ ‬at great sacrifice,‭ ‬while the practice continues in many countries still today‭!”
“Shouldn‭’‬t our students be provided that viewpoint‭? ‬This is part of the argument that America is exceptional.‭ ‬Does our APUSH‭ (‬AP U.S.‭ ‬History‭) ‬framework support or denigrate that position‭?”
One history teacher who spoke with the paper explained that Mazanec has a basic misunderstanding of U.S.‭ ‬history.
‭“‬The idea that the United States voluntarily gave up slavery is an outright misrepresentation of history.‭ ‬The United States engaged in a civil war to end slavery.‭ ‬There was nothing voluntary about it,‭”‬ Stephanie Rossi,‭ ‬AP U.S.‭ ‬history teacher at Wheat Ridge High School,‭ ‬told the‭ ‬Independent.‭ “‬I‭’‬m just flabbergasted at anyone who would make that claim.‭ ‬Flabbergasted.‭”
Pastor Patrick Demmer,‭ ‬also a civil rights activist,‭ ‬says Mazanec isn‭’‬t fit to serve on the board.
‭“‬What her comment and that whole movement is trying to basically do is repaint history in a way that takes away the ugliness and the hurt and abuse that the African American in America suffered and endured to get to where we are right now,‭”‬ Demmer said.

Deuteronomy‭ ‬28:
68 And the‭ ‬Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships,‭ ‬by the way whereof I spake unto thee,‭ ‬Thou shalt see it no more again:‭ ‬and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen,‭ ‬and no man shall buy you.

John‭ ‬8:
44 Ye are of your father the devil,‭ ‬and the lusts of your father ye will do.‭ ‬He was a murderer from the beginning,‭ ‬and abode not in the truth,‭ ‬because there is no‭ ‬truth in him.‭ ‬When he speaketh a lie,‭ ‬he speaketh of his own:‭ ‬for he is a liar,‭ ‬and the father of it.

Isaiah‭ ‬42:
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil,‭ ‬and Israel to the robbers‭? ‬did not the‭ ‬Lord,‭ ‬he against whom we have sinned‭? ‬for they would not walk in his ways,‭ ‬neither were they obedient unto his law.

25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger,‭ ‬and the strength of battle:‭ ‬and it hath set him on fire round about,‭ ‬yet he knew not‭; ‬and it burned him,‭ ‬yet he laid it not to heart.