Denton Independent School District must do more.
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Eric Hauser self-published a children’s book that has MANY references to the alt-right, white nationalists, and white supremacy. The book is titled, “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede”. Pepe the frog is a meme that the alt-right coopted. In the book Pepe and Pede are trying to bring law and order to “Wishington Farm” by defeating a bearded Alligator named “Alkah”.
Here are some quotes directly from the book,
Inside cover page: “This book is dedicated to my fellow centipedes. May we never tire of winning”
Page 5: “They ascended Kek Cliff onto Patriots Plateau….”
Page 6: “Not a blossom in sight for the last eight years. But now it was starting to grow.”
Page 9: “And it’s not just Alkah, it’s his minions too, and they are overtaking our land..”
The use of the title centipede, or “Pede” was adopted as a name for Trump supporters, especially from within r/The_Donald, it originated in a video that compared Trump to centipedes.
Pepe the Frog- Pepe has been so thoroughly co-opted into an icon of the cyber Trump empire that Trump himself retweeted a Pepe meme. The Anti-Defamation League officially lists Pepe as a hate symbol.
Kek- Kek was adopted as a word of praise by white supremacists. “Kek, in the alt-right’s telling, is the “deity” of the semi-ironic “religion” the white nationalist movement has created for itself online – partly for amusement, as a way to troll liberals and self-righteous conservatives both, and to make a kind of political point. He is a god of chaos and darkness.” More here à https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/05/08/what-kek-explaining-alt-right-deity-behind-their-meme-magic
This book is a piece of alt-right propaganda marketed towards children. There is proof that Hauser knew what he was writing, when he wrote it. He also blatantly lied and said he knew that Pepe was a conservative meme but he didn’t know Pepe was affiliated with the alt-right – which is a complete and utter fabrication. He knew, he dedicated the book to his fellow centipedes, his characters are alt-right mascots, and his villain is obviously supposed to symbolize “Allah”. Even the district spokesperson couldn’t do their research and said, “He wasn’t aware of the character’s affiliation”
Hauser has been “reassigned” thanks to Andy Boyd and everyone that signed his original petition (https://www.change.org/p/denton-isd-remove-eric-hauser ) and will no longer act as assistant principal, but that is not enough. Eric T. Hauser needs to be fired- and we shouldn’t stop fighting until that becomes the reality. Thank you for signing the petition.
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