“Critical Race Theory is not taught in elementary schools or middle schools or high schools.”
—-AFT President Randi Weingarten, engaging in the now-routine leftist activist tactic of Rationalization #64, “It isn’t what it is.“
This claim is deceit, like “I did not have sex with that woman” (“because I don’t consider blow-jobs ‘sex.'”) A school does not have to teach the technical “Critical Race Theory” as it was originally formulated by Derek Bell and other politically-motivated academics to be teaching the substance and assumptions of the movement, which is that the United States is a racist nation and that white supremacy has been and continues to be a primary force causing systemic inequality and oppression of black Americans.
Weingarten and other progressive indoctrination proponents know this very well, and the deception is deliberate. Slavery, Jim Crow and the struggles of the civil rights movement are history, and legitimate topics for study in the schools. Using those historical events to advance a narrative of racial guilt and continuing oppression of African-Americans is not history, but sinister and divisive child abuse. The cavil that such a curriculum isn’t literally CRT is misdirection, and the fact that one of the major teachers unions would engage in such deceit is signature significance.
The Washington Examiner has highlighted two lawsuits aimed at a Chicago area school’s CRT-based teaching. The reports are here and here. In my metaphorical back yard in Loudoun County, Virginia, to argue that the furious debate over the schools’ “antiracism” curriculum isn’t about Critical Race Theory (it’s just about condemning all whites as racists and the United States as an agent of evil in the world, that’s all!) is gaslighting, and Loudoun County’s “woke” indoctrination mechanism is far, FAR from unique. OK, let’s pretend the schools aren’t teaching Critical Race Theory, just Marxist ideology, anti-American propaganda and Black Lives Matter advocacy. Oh! That’s all right then!
No, it’s not. What does it mean when the head of one of the nation’s largest and most influential teachers associations engages in dishonesty on the level of Weingarten’s? Only this: we can’t trust teachers, we can’t trust the schools, and we can’t trust the local, state and national agencies that regulate the schools.
UPDATE: [Pointer: Steve Witherspoon] The Biden Education Dept. handbook for re-opening the schools links to a CRT-pushing group. Lest this be shrugged of more Fox News conspiracy theorizing, as soon as the administration was caught red-handed, it sent Fox this: “The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions. It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation.”
Oh! It was lengthy! Well, that explains it: who would be so unfair as to expect DOE to thoroughly check what it circulates to school districts when the material is lengthy.
“We can’t trust teachers, we can’t trust the schools, and we can’t trust the local, state and national agencies that regulate the schools.”