(TargetLiberty.org) – A shocking new report from Fox News writer Nikolas Lanum is reigniting debate about the role of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in our society and in our schools. Lanum specifically accuses liberal news outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, and ABC, of hypocritically denying the existence of CRT while simultaneously espousing its tenets live on the air. Is this yet another example of Left-leaning hypocrisy, or just a misunderstanding?
A Case of Gaslighting?
According to Lanum’s report, John Stewart labeled all white Americans inherently racist on a recent episode of “The Problem With John Stewart.” He also claimed “systemic” racism was alive and well in the US. Sunny Hostin, co-host of the talk show “The View,” took aim at Republicans for accusing President Joe Biden of playing identity politics over the Supreme Court nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson at the start of the year.
Last year, MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. blamed increases in COVID-19 morbidity statistics for black Americans on “deep structural racism.”
These are just a few of the examples Lanum cites in his recent report. He also touches on the fact Left-leaning news media outlets seem all too happy to lace their broadcasts with well-recognized CRT trigger words, including systemic racism and white privilege.
The problem? Hosts from many of the same outlets espousing these ideologies have also repeatedly dismissed CRT, denied its existence, or downplayed its side effects on our society.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid once likened the theory to the bogeyman, suggesting it was little more than a made-up conservative talking point. CNN’s Chris Cuomo has echoed similar sentiments, and CBS’s Stephen Colbert once claimed it didn’t exist. Guests and politicians who appear on these network shows often argue against getting rid of CRT in schools by claiming it isn’t taught there in the first place.
So, what’s the truth, here? How can CRT be both real and fake at the same time — and why exactly are some people so concerned about it, anyway?
What Exactly Is CRT?
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the idea that race itself is a social construct and that racism is inherent as well as structural in American society. It upholds the idea that white people are deeply privileged by the color of their skin, a fact that supposedly marginalizes and causes harm to people of color. One of the central tenets of CRT also recognizes race as nothing more than a social construct rather than an actual biological fact.
Is CRT Really Taught In Schools?
Debate over CRT mostly centers around whether or not it should be taught in schools. It’s common for left-leaning TV hosts to call this a false narrative, suggesting that schools don’t teach CRT in the first place. But the website Criticalrace.org lists no less than 20 colleges and universities around the country that cover this exact topic. Another 50+ elite private schools also enshrine CRT tenets within their curriculums.
While most public K-12 schools don’t specifically include CRT in their lessons, there’s plenty of evidence that teachers continue to float similar topics anyway.
In early 2021, a whistleblower revealed a Philadelphia school where a specific lesson had students hold a black power rally and celebrate communism. Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, continues to encourage parents to “decenter whiteness;” the proof is readily available on their website. A teacher in Tennessee was also fired last year after trying to force students into a lesson on white privilege. Matthew Hawn decided it was a fact; his employer did not necessarily agree.
Why Are Parents So Upset?
Much as it is with sex and gender education, some Conservative parents would simply prefer to have more control over when, how, and if their kids explore such topics. Others feel CRT tenets are deeply harmful and actually inspire racism at the end of the day. They worry that teachers will deliver harmful or age-inappropriate lessons in class to achieve an agenda that might not necessarily align with their own beliefs.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis agrees. That’s why he signed a legislative motion to officially ban CRT from K-12 schools on March 10. The Stop W.O.K.E Act also prevents corporations from forcing employees to go through training on CRT ideologies.
“The woke classroom wants to teach kids to hate each other,” he explained in an official memo. “…We will not let them bring nonsense ideology into Florida’s schools.”
Still, it’s important to note that the issue of CRT’s validity isn’t actually the core point being made with these kinds of changes. The real question is whether schools should have the right to overrule parents and individual belief systems when setting up curriculums. Shouldn’t that be every parent’s inalienable right?
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