A textbook at the University of South Carolina has some students outraged because it portrays late President Ronald Reagan as sexist and paints conservatives as lazy.
According to reports, the textbook, which was written by Karen Kirst-Ashman and is called Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare, is used as part of an introductory class on social work at the university. USC sophomore Anna Chapman says she was in shock when she first read what it had to say.
“I can not even tell you how angry I was when I read that,” said Kirst-Ashman to Campus Reform. “This is really outrageous, it’s so in your face and people need to know about it.”
The textbook features a section called “Conservative Extremes in the 1980s and Early 1990s,” and says that Reagan “ascribed to women primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency.”
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The book goes on to define conservatism correctly, but the description it gives of conservative people has caused a lot of controversy.
“First conservatives usually oppose change and thrive on tradition,” reads the textbook. “’They believe that change usually produces more negative than positive consequences; thus they generally favor keeping things the way they are.’… In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Second, conservatives ‘tend to take a basically pessimistic view of human nature. People are conceived of being corrupt, self-centered, lazy, and incapable of true charity.’ … If they can get ‘welfare,’ they’ll take it, and society is a fool for giving it to them. Third, conservatives usually conceive of people as perfectly capable of taking care of themselves.”
The book’s description of conservative people has students like Chapman up in arms.
“The way it describes conservatives as viewing people as “lazy, corrupt, and incapable of true charity” is extremely offensive and beyond not true, granted the fact that conservatives believe that people are capable of succeeding without government interference,” said Chapman, who is secretary of the College Republicans. "I come from a middle class, conservative family, with extremely giving parents, so it really hit home for me.”
"This book goes out of its way to glorify liberalism and demonize conservatism,” Chapman continued “I don’t think it can get much more in-your-face than that.”
It appears that neither the University of South Carolina nor anyone involved in publishing the book has said anything about the matter.