Politics Critical Race Theory and the threat to Democrats

10:11  25 july  2021
10:11  25 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

‘Number one cultural issue’: GOP turns to critical race theory in push to win back suburbs

  ‘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.

Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic movement made up of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race

Critical race theory has become a topic of fierce political debate in the US in recent months. The conflict has most prominently played out in public school districts, as parents, teachers and school administrators grapple with how to teach race , discrimination and inequality in the classroom. Although the field of study traditionally has been the domain of graduate and legal study, it has served recently as a framework for academics trying to find ways of addressing racial inequities through the education system - particularly in light of last summer's Black Lives Matter protests.

Despite the left's insistence, Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a dangerous wedge issue for Democrats. By focusing on one group, it threatens to alienate other groups that Democrats depend on. Due to the zero-sum nature of American politics, even small shifts yield big results. Something as big as CRT could produce more than small shifts.

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Buried in 2020's tumult was the inroad Donald Trump made into Democrats' core groups. From 2016 to 2020, Trump increased his percentage of support among Blacks (4 percent), Latinos (4 percent), Asians (7 percent), Women (1 percent), and Others (5 percent).

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  PTA Official Resigns After Saying 'Let Them Die' About Parents Against Critical Race Theory Michelle Leete was seen in a widely shared video recorded Thursday in which she told "STOP CRT" counter-protesters that any parent in the district who opposes critical race theory is "anti-diversity" and "anti-children."Michelle Leete was seen in a widely shared video recorded Thursday in which she told "STOP CRT" counter-protesters that any parent in the district who opposes critical race theory is "anti-diversity" and "anti-children." Leete went on to say that all who oppose their support should just "die.

People who likely never heard the phrase “ critical race theory ” (CRT) before this summer are now getting emails from their children’s schools about “Decentering Whiteness at Home.” This is a dangerous and divisive ideology, one that assigns moral value to people on the basis of their skin color. It is inconceivable that anyone could look back at human history and not see that singling out a particular racial or ethnic group as the cause of all societal problems can quickly lead us to a very bad place.

Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought meant to emphasize the effects of race on one's social standing. It arose as a challenge to the idea that in the two decades since the Civil Rights Movement and associated legislation, racial inequality had been solved and affirmative action was no While " race " as a notion is a social construction and not rooted in biology, it has had real, tangible effects on Black people and other people of color in terms of economic resources, educational and professional opportunities, and experiences with the legal system. Critical race theory has inspired

Democrats are extremely dependent on winning big majorities in these groups, each of which (with the exception of Women) are decided electoral minorities. Even with Trump's inroads, Biden still won large margins in each: Blacks (87 percent), Latinos (65 percent), Asians (61 percent), Women (57 percent) and Others (55 percent).

Due to the extremely balanced nature of American politics, despite his large margins with these groups, Biden's margin of victory in the popular vote was just 4.45 percentage points. Recall further that Trump won 2016's electoral vote despite losing the popular vote by 2.1 percentage points, and had he won just 160,000 more votes in five states (Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania) in 2020, he would have done so again. Therefore, even small shifts in their base group margins present potential problems.

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Critical race theory , whose major themes are the concepts of white privilege, internalized racism, intersectional theory , and institutional racism, is a system of thought that is divisive by its nature. There is no way to unite a country if this becomes prevalent thought. Critical race theory is like a cancer on the American soil. Since the government is not going to help us, people like Christopher Rufo are going to have to battle in the courts to get it out of our government. As for those of us who are normal citizens, we need to stand up for the truth that we are all created equal under the watchful eye of our

' Critical Race Theory Is Simply the Latest Bogeyman.' At a moment when Eastern European historians of the Holocaust are under threat from nationalist governments and countries with colonial pasts are pulling down statues and renaming streets, the debate over how to teach the history of race in America is entangling local school boards and engulfing national politics.

In American politics, when it comes to vote shifts, small is big. In American public policy, CRT is already big. It is a divisive national issue and politically polarizing. Yet, it is a key demand for the left because it provides leverage for the broader societal changes they seek.

The problem for Democrats is that despite strong appeal to the left, CRT is not broadly targeted at the general population. It is aimed at primarily one group, Blacks, who made up just 13 percent of the electorate in 2020. This means it is not aimed at the remaining 87 percent of the population - including their base groups where they need to win big majorities.

Video: McCarthy tries to attack Democrats over Critical Race Theory (MSNBC)

Politics is the marketplace of policy and electoral politics is marketing. Marketing to just a narrow subset of the population is a difficult strategy for building majority support.

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Critical race theory is a study in academia based on the concepts of systemic and institutional racism. Systemic racism refers to how the government has discriminated against Black, Indigenous and other people of color through unjust policies concerning housing, employment, criminal justice, education and more. Crenshaw said she believes the latest legislation on education and the teachings about structural racism are not about the curriculum itself, but about the power that education about racism can have on fixing systems of oppression.

“ Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist,” the encyclopaedia goes on, “insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.” What critical race theory represents to conservatives, Mr Hartman says, is a threat to the idea that America has already solved its racism problem. “Conservatives, since the 1960s, have increasingly defined American society as a colourblind society, in the sense that maybe there were some problems in the past but

Even if CRT proponents try to argue that CRT is not aimed against the remaining 87 percent of the population, it at least largely excludes them from its primary focus. In the "what have you done for me lately?" of America's political marketplace, exclusion threatens to quickly become alienation from what is being sold.

For Democrats seeking to market themselves to a broad number of groups with which they need to win very large majorities, CRT's group-specific targeting is a difficult assignment. When overlaid with Trump's gains with Democrats' base groups, "difficult" becomes "dangerous."

Recall that Trump's 2020 success with Democratic base groups came before the left's heavy push on CRT. CRT is a relatively recent phenomenon to the broad American public. Therefore, its full electoral impact has not been made. Yet the left appear to have no intention of reducing their emphasis on CRT and their demands for Democrats to do likewise.

If Trump's conservative populist push had such success ahead of CRT, how much more success could a conservative populist push - and pushback - have in 2022 and 2024?

Will the battle over "critical race theory" be a winning issue for the right? It already is

  Will the battle over As used by Republicans, "critical race theory" is an empty term used to channel racist urges. That's why it works People hold up signs during a rally against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021.The term "critical race theory" defines a strand of thought that appeared in American law schools in the late 1970s and which looks at racism as a system, enabled by laws and institutions, rather than at the level of individual prejudices.

Caught unaware at a time when their priority was simply returning children to school after a year's absence, expect parents to have a much more formed response to efforts to inject CRT into their schools in the coming year. Even those not concerned with its intention could become opponents if they see it as crowding out instruction in the fundamentals their children need to advance academically. The question is: What will be America's response when the nation fully focuses on the left's push for CRT?

The left is attempting to force CRT on the Democrats, demanding it as a price of their support. This support is indeed important to Democrats. In 2020, liberals comprised 24 percent of voters and they voted 89 percent for Biden. Liberals' percentage of the electorate is almost twice that of Blacks (13 percent) and they voted for Biden by two percentage points more than Blacks did.

Democrats are trapped between two forces: An insistent and highly motivated minority left and a far larger but less motivated (so far) majority. As CRT extends in duration, if not virulence too, it is increasingly likely to be viewed as extremist. As such, it poses an growing danger to Democrats. CRT threatens to become a huge change in the American political game where even small shifts are big.

J.T. Young served under President George W. Bush as the director of communications in the Office of Management and Budget and as deputy assistant secretary in legislative affairs for tax and budget at the Treasury Department. He served as a congressional staffer from 1987 through 2000.

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Top military leaders and Pentagon officials undermine the U.S. military by forcing critical race theory on America's men and women in uniform, said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. © Provided by Washington Examiner Service members shouldn't be concerned about the race of the person next to them, Gingrich said. Instead, it is imperative to recognize they are on a mission to defend their country. "It's been said that soldiers don't fight for some general theory; they fight for the person next to them," he said.

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