Politics 'Dangerous' critical race theory threatens to take US back in time: Sen. Mike Lee
The engineered panic over critical race theory, explained
Republicans have disfigured CRT -- an academic frame that scholars have been using in graduate-level courses for decades to interrogate how the legal system entrenches racism -- into a catchall to describe things they don't like.Spare a thought for critical race theory. It wasn't always a conservative bogeyman.
Critical race theory undermines national unity and threatens to take the country "backward in time," said Sen. Mike Lee.
The "dangerous" philosophy about systemic racial discrimination has infiltrated institutions, including schools and the military, and teaches a rejection of the country's founding principles, theRepublican said Tuesday.
"Critical race theory is based on the premise that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that American hallmarks such as the Constitution, property rights, color blindness and equal protection under the law are vestiges of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalist oppression," Leefor Deseret News. "It categorizes people as either oppressors or victims based on skin color, making race the prism through which American life is viewed."
Arizona governor signs bill to stop critical race theory training in government
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Friday to prevent government employees in the state from being required to learn about critical race theory. © Provided by Washington Examiner The measure "prohibits the state and any local governments from requiring their employees to engage in orientation, training or therapy that suggest an employee is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously," according to a statement from Ducey's office.
, which has come to represent a variety of concepts about race and the history of discrimination in the U.S., has led to parents of students protesting curricula in their school board meetings.
Republican-led legislatures have also considered orprohibiting the teaching of critical race theory and concepts adjacent to it, such as that a person is inherently racist by virtue of their racial identity, in public schools and state employee trainings.
Two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers, state Rep. Chuck Wichgers and state Sen. Andre Jacque,a measure in June aimed at "prohibiting race and sex discrimination" and asserted that the concepts are being used “to redress the injustice of racism and sexism by employing racism and sexism, as well as promoting psychological distress in students based on these immutable characteristics.”
Virginia county to test power of GOP culture wars at ballot box
Republicans are zeroing in on Loudoun County, Va., ahead of the state's competitive gubernatorial race as the affluent, Democratic-leaning area finds itself at the center of America's culture wars. School board meetings in the county, an exurb of Washington, D.C., have garnered national media attention amid the contentious and at times raucous debates over critical race theory and transgender issues in the classroom.Republicans say theseSchool board meetings in the county, an exurb of Washington, D.C., have garnered national media attention amid the contentious and at times raucous debates over critical race theory and transgender issues in the classroom.
Lee acknowledged the U.S.'s troubled record on racial equality, but he noted that activists "are calling America fundamentally racist and the flag a symbol of hate and bigotry" rather than embracing its founding principles.
"The beauty of the American founding was the promise of a character-based meritocracy, in which no matter who you are and where you come from, you could have an 'unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life,'" Lee wrote. "The promise was that through hard work, perseverance and personal responsibility, everyone could build a happy and productive life for themselves and their families."
"Sadly, this is exactly what critical race theory seeks to destroy, and this toxic ideology is spreading like a cancer throughout our schools, politics, workplaces, universities and military," he continued.
School officials, as well as some congressional Democrats and legal scholars, have disputed whether public schools are teaching children critical race theory, including one of its founding scholars, University of Alabama law professor Richard Delgado, who called it a "boogeyman."
‘Number one cultural issue’: GOP turns to critical race theory in push to win back suburbs
WASHINGTON – Republicans are leaning into the burgeoning battle over critical race theory, betting that the hot-button issue will not only energize their base, but help bring back some of the swing suburban voters they lost in the last election. While the party has focused to varying degrees on several contentious cultural issues in the six months since President Joe Biden took office — ranging from coronavirus pandemic restrictions to transgender youth in sports to migrants at the border — top Republican officials and operatives say critical race theory is among the topics that are likely to have a longer shelf life heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
"It’s a name for everything they love to hate," Delgadoin June. "It makes them feel things are slipping away and not in control anymore, that the country is changing."
Democratic Wisconsin state Rep. LaKeshia MyersRepublican lawmakers in her state were trying to "bastardize" critical race theory "and frame it in a way that changes what critical race theory is."
“It's ridiculous," Myers said. "They don't even understand what critical race theory is."
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A Better Way to Fight Critical Race Theory .
Banning CRT from schools will actually prevent students from fully understanding its weaknesses.Let me be clear about one thing up front: I think critical race theory is nonsense. Most of its proponents insist that all black people are perpetually oppressed victims, and all white people are our oppressors. This does nothing to move the black community, or our country, forward.