SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Education has announced a new regulation requiring California educators to teach alternate lyrics to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”  The updated song is titled “We Love Diversity” and is mandatory in all public elementary, middle and high schools in California.

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” is a popular patriotic song that was first performed on July 4, 1831.  The song’s melody is the same as “God Save The Queen,” the national anthem of the United Kingdom.

God Save the Queen (United Kingdom)

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee (America)
My country, ‘tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,

From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

We Love Diversity (California)

We love diversity,
L, G, B, Q and T,
Guns we don’t cling!
Climate change will flood the coast,
Black lives matter the most,
May ev’ry fetus scream:
Let inclusion ring!

The new lyrics were written by the department’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force whose charter is to eradicate any ideas or concepts that may be offensive to California students or teachers.

“’My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” is outdated and just plain wrong,” said California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.   “My country” ignores how we stole the land from First Nation people.  “‘Tis of thee” implies it is everyone’s country when clearly it is not for undocumented immigrants in Trump’s America.”

He added:  “There is no “liberty” for people of color.  “My fathers died” glorifies war and the patriarchy.  “Pilgrims’ pride” are code words for white nationalism.  Even “sweet land” and “mountainside” ignore the ravages of climate change.”

“Words matter.  Teachers should not be forced to brainwash impressionable students with some white-washed version of America,” said Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers labor union.  “We should change the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance too.”

This is not the first time classic song lyrics have been re-worked for progressive means.  Two singer-songwriters from Minnesota changed the lyrics to the holiday classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to emphasize the importance of consent in budding physical relationships.  The two singer-songwriters were not Bob Dylan and Prince.

California students will be now be taught “We Love Diversity” instead of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
The rest of America will continue to sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
Two Minnesotans re-wrote “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to make it less “rapey”

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