World As Progressives Lose Critical Race Theory Debate, They Change the Narrative | Opinion
Black mother slams critical race theory at Florida school board meeting: 'Not teaching the truth'
A Black mother slammed critical race theory (CRT) on Thursday, telling the Florida Board of Education that it was teaching hate and ruining the “greatest country in the world.""Just coming off of May 31, marking the 100 years [since] the Tulsa riots, it is sad that we are even contemplating something like critical race theory, where children will be separated by their skin color and deemed permanently oppressors or oppressed in 2021," said mom Keisha King.
Progressive educators and administrators tried to indoctrinate your kids with lesson plans influenced by critical race theory (CRT). They hoped you wouldn't find out. But parents caught on and fought back. Now, after some victories, activists are trying to change the narrative.
Activists disingenuously claim that the toxic ideology forced upon kids merely amounts to lessons about slavery—as if there's a single textbook presently in use that omits this topic. Teachers just want to teach about the Tulsa race massacre or the history of redlining, activists argue. And if you get in the way, you deny racism!
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As parents focus on their schools and the usual Hollywood and Big Tech suspects, the gatekeepers of America’s children’s literature fly under the radar.Raleigh grew up in China and wrote a very thoughtful piece in The Federalist after woke liberals decided to cancel Dr. Seuss.
"Why wouldn't you want your kid to understand the roots of slavery and the legacy of slavery?"asked through a meandering and, at times, nonsensical segment with Don Lemon on .
It's a relatively transparent strategy. But it's what left-wing activists do.
Using innocuous buzzwords like "equity," "inclusion" and "anti-racist," activists had hoped parents would be less alarmed. Who could be suspicious about teaching equity, after all? Inclusion is what we strive to engender in our kids! And, of course, parents want their kids to be against racism.
If this debate were simply about adding meaningful historical events to the curriculum, the anger wouldn't have gained much traction nationally.
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Critical Race Theory is a controversial philosophy – a progressive idea that proponents say can increase racial equity and which critics describe as a Marxist, anti-American and neo-racist. It’s either "a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against White people," according to a recent article in Education Week. "CRT seeks to diminish the reality that we are all unique and precious in God’s eyes," Melody Clarke of Heritage Action for America told Fox News Friday.
In reality, schools introduced curricula to convince impressionable minds that this country is founded on white supremacy, and that our most cherished and essential institutions must be dismantled and rebuilt. Just take a look at the curriculum in the blue state of Washington.
Democrats in the Washington State Legislature pushed through bills mandating that public school staff receive CRT training, including how they can be "anti-racist" educators. Though the training isn't required until the 2023 school year, many districts have already introduced the radical worldview into their classrooms.
In Bothell, not far from Seattle, one teacher was caught showing a video on "white privilege" to her eighth-grade science students. The teacher told children that one's racial identity determines if one is privileged or marginalized. In fact, as one adult in the video said, "no amount of hard work or even legislation could make up" for the gap between privilege and oppression.
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The narrative that nonwhite people will soon outnumber white people is not only divisive, but also false.The majority-minority narrative contributes to our national polarization. Its depiction of a society fractured in two, with one side rising while the other subsides, is inherently divisive because it implies winners and losers. It has bolstered white anxiety and resentment of supposedly ascendant minority groups, and has turned people against democratic institutions that many conservative white Americans and politicians consider complicit in illegitimate minority empowerment.
That's the message we're sending to kids?
Was the curriculum connected at all to science? No—and they don't even pretend that there's a connection. It was simply introduced as part of the district's commitment to "anti-racist" education.
In the majority-minority Highline School District, it seems the district's staff are race-obsessed. The district even holds an annual race symposium, most recently featuring a white teacher near tears as she discusses how she just finally realized she was white:
"I felt like yesterday I realized that I'm white and that I have all the advantages of being part of that group," she said. "Privileges that I don't really think I fully understood until yesterday. I was reading White Fragility, and I'm like, 'Oh, OK.' I think I'm taking that next step in my journey to understanding what's happening, what equity is about, what racial equity is about, what anti-racism is about and what racism is about."
CRT represents a fringe, radical belief that parentsdespite left-wing school boards' unsubtle attempts at indoctrination. Sober-minded parents caught on thanks, in part, to the remote learning mandated by COVID restrictions. While science never backed keeping kids isolated at home, parked in front of computer screens, hearing their kids' teachers drone on about institutionalized racism or white privilege allowed parents to intimately meet the worldview brainwashing their kids. And what they heard shocked them.
Terry McAuliffe calls critical race theory concerns a 'right-wing conspiracy'
The Virginia Democratic nominee for governor is dismissing as a “right-wing conspiracy” the concerns that many in the state have raised about racial trainings and curricula in the state. In audio obtained by Fox News, McAuliffe blames the ongoing controversy – which has exploded school board meetings – on his opponent Glenn Youngkin and former President Trump. "That's another right-wing conspiracy," he said. "This is totally made up by Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin. This is who they are. It's a conspiracy theory.
"I consider CRT a very racist concept, and it's oppressive to all races. It has no place in our schools. Teachers should just stick to the basics and leave the rest to the families," one parent said at a recent Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools meeting in Virginia last week.
The disgust is fueling parental activism all across the country. And it explains why CRT cultists are now changing the narrative.
Left-wing "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd told Mediaite last week that concern over CRT is "a creation. ...It's a faux controversy that's being ginned up."
Meanwhile,partisan Joy Reid claims CRT lessons simply teach that slavery was abhorrent. "Currently, most K-12 students already learn a kind of 'Confederate Race Theory,' whereby the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago imposed a version of history wherein slavery was not so bad and had nothing to do with the Civil War, and lynchings and violence never happened," she falsely claimed.
"And what is critical race theory? It's acknowledging our history," Laura Fink, a Californiasurrogate, told FOX News.
Also on FOX News, during a debate with me on CRT, liberal talk show host Richard Fowler claimed that the current curriculum doesn't teach about slavery or even Jim Crow. "Basically, we had slaves in this country," he said. "We treated them pretty terribly. There was a thing called Jim Crow. During Jim Crow, African Americans were lynched. They weren't allowed to vote. They weren't given their rights. We had a failed war on drugs that impacted Black people badly. I don't understand what's wrong with teaching the truths about American history. It's what actually happened in this country."
Is there a single history textbook in this country that doesn't include meaningful lessons on slavery and Jim Crow? Or that lynching never happened? Of course not.
CRT advocates know this, but they argue the opposite to conceal the lesson plans that CRT opponents cite. In line with their go-to argumentative strategy, progressives then call you racist for pushing back against their actually racist curriculum. In short, they're hoping they can bully you into silence.
But the recent momentum from CRT opponents shows progressives' strategy is failing. And that is a very good development for our nation's children.
Jason Rantz is a frequent guest on Fox News and is the host of the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH Seattle, heard weekday afternoons. You can subscribe to his podcast here and follow him on Twitter: @jasonrantz.
The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
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