US Black mother slams critical race theory at Florida school board meeting: 'Not teaching the truth'
What Is Critical Race Theory and Why Are People So Upset About It?
Most Americans are not familiar with term critical race theory, but that hasn’t stopped some from getting upset about attempts to reckon with the sprawling repercussions of slavery. So What Is Critical Race Theory, Anyway? Critical race theory traces its origins to a framework of legal scholarship that gained momentum in the 1980s by challenging conventional thinking about race-based discrimination, which for decades assumed that discrimination on the basis of race could be solved by expanding constitutional rights and then allowing individuals who were discriminated against to seek legal remedies.
A Black mother slammedon Thursday, telling the 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.
King's comments came after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the school board to pass a rule banning CRT and associated ideas in schools.
"That is not teaching the truth," King added, "unless you believe that Whites are better than Blacks."
DeSantis vows to go after GOP school board members who support teaching critical race theory
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News host Dan Bongino that critical race theory will soon be banned in Florida. © Provided by Washington Examiner “We’re not going to support any Republican candidate for school board who supports critical race theory in all 67 counties or who supports mandatory masking of schoolchildren,” DeSantis told Bongino.
She went on to dispute the idea that CRT was "racial sensitivity or simply teaching unfavorable American history or teaching Jim Crow history."
"CRT," she said, "is deeper and more dangerous than that. CRT and its outworking today is a teaching that there's a hierarchy in society where White male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed."
"That's why we see corporations like Coca-Cola asking their employees to be less White, which is ridiculous. I don't know about you, but telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are Black is racist – and saying that White people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well. This is not something that we can stand for in our country."
Critical race theory banned in Florida schools
Florida has become the latest state to ban critical race theory, continuing the growing charge by Republican lawmakers against schools teaching about systemic racism. © Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union/USA Today Network After hours of debate and public comment Thursday, the Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved the amendment banning critical race theory. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed much of the board, spoke ahead of the meeting, saying critical race theory would teach children "the country is rotten and that our institutions are illegitimate.
"And don't take it from me. Look at the writers of these types of publications. Our ancestors – White, Black, and others – hung, bled, and died right alongside each other to push America towards that more perfect union. If this continues, we will look back and be responsible for the dismantling of the greatest country in the world by reverting to teaching hate and that race is a determining factor on where your destiny lies."
Video: Florida Board of Education bans critical race theory from school curriculums (FOX News)
On Thursday, the board approved DeSantis' rule. It reads: "Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence."
Critical Race Theory Is Banned in These States
Florida, Arkansas, Idaho and Oklahoma have all banned the academic theory, which examines the ways race and racism intersect with politics, culture and the law. © Joe Raedle/Getty Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives away a pen after holding a bill signing ceremony at the Florida National Guard Robert A. Ballard Armory on June 7, 2021 in Miami, Florida. DeSantis moved on Thursday to ban critical race theory from being taught in Florida schools. The Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved an amendment to its rules on Thursday, after hours of debate and public comment.
The rule came as part of a broader push by DeSantis and other Republicans to eliminate what they say are manifestations ofin schools. DeSantis' office told Fox News that the rule excludes the term "critical race theory" because "CRT isn't the only issue."
Arguments about CRT in history tend to revolve around assertions in the "1619 Project," a controversial piece that argues the institution of slavery was the nation's true founding. According to its author, it also casts doubt on how U.S. history has traditionally been taught by emphasizing slavery's influence on American society.
In a, author Nikole Hannah Jones plainly stated that her project was intended to be supplemental to standard curriculum and that it was intentionally making an argument about how to view U.S. history.
Critics of anti-CRT measures have expressed concern that Republicans are forcing teachers to whitewash some of the injustices perpetrated against minorities in the U.S.
Critical race theory is a lucrative obsession for Republicans because the party is 'offended by the political focus on racism and racial justice'
The outrage cycle "might translate into future votes, but in the meantime definitely translates into donations and ratings," a historian told Insider.Critical race theorists look at how America's history of racism and discrimination continues to impact the country today.
Andrew Spar, who serves as president of Florida's teachers' union,that "students deserve the best education we can provide, and that means giving them a true picture of their world and our shared history as Americans. Hiding facts doesn't change them."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the union agreed with conservatives' insistence on teaching key documents like the Declaration of Independence but also wanted those that "reflect a more diverse America than are represented in our founding documents."
Gregory Sampson, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, said: I don’t think the governor and his fellow Republicans really understand what critical race theory does."
He added: "It's not a criticism. It's a critique, a way of looking at how history has unfolded."
Opinion: The right is panicking over critical race theory .
Nicole Hemmer writes that the recent weaponizing of hysteria over critical race theory is not a new phenomenon. Right-wing forces attempted the same in 2012, but this moral panic has taken stronger hold now because it is such a useful political distraction from debates about racial inequality and police brutality that seized the nation with particular force a year ago. The footage of George Floyd's murder was so brutal, the injustice and immorality so clear, that there was no effective political argument against it.