Why America Needs Better History Education

John Stossel has never been mistaken for an intelligent man, so it's no surprise that he would say something like this:

John Stossel on Fox: "Why is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs? ... No group in America has been more helped by the government than the American Indians."

Obviously, this is only true if you ignore the century-long genocidal war pursued against the various Native American tribes. Of course, as someone consumed by his narrow, right-wing ideology, it's no surprise that Stossel didn't think of that complication.

Relatedly, you can easily imagine this coming from various John Stossel-like figures throughout American history. For example, "Why is there a Bureau of Refugees, Freedman and Abandoned Lands? No group in America has been more helped by the government than the freed slaves." Try it for yourself! Simply imagine a historically wronged group, and -- on the basis of a flawed and short-sighted view of the country's history -- complain about their representation in the federal government.

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