NBC News is being met with enormous skepticism on social media for its narrative-pushing way of summarizing the results of a high-profile, “bitterly divided” Texas school board election won by opponents of “anti-racism education” and that was supposedly fought out over a benign-sounding “diversity” plan.
The controversial critical race theory construct was essentially on the ballot in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, and it lost in a landslide.
Opponents of CRT, which is gaining currency in academia and in corporate America, actually prevailed by a massive and presumably not particularly divisive 70 percent of the vote, which even the corporate news outlet had to admit was a turnout far higher than usual for a local election.
According to its critics, CRT is a form of left-wing indoctrination that smears and shames one group and creates resentment in another all in the name of eliminating systemic racism in a country that has traditionally rejected guilt by association or collective guilt.
In the vote on Saturday, conservative candidates backed by the Southlake Families PAC overwhelmingly won two school board seats, two city council seats, and elected a new mayor.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 3, 2021
The controversy reportedly had its origins in a Carroll Independent School District proposal last year for a “cultural competence action plan” that some concerned parents insisted contained the hallmarks of a “left-wing agenda,” and could lead to the emergence of the “diversity police,” if not “reverse racism,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
Progressives who champion diversity obviously felt otherwise and maintained that these new measures were necessary to improve the school environment.
Late last year, a local judge put the plan — which apparently arose after some students in 2018 and 2019 were caught on video chanting racial slurs — on hold pursuant to a temporary restraining order.
Congrats to Southlake, Hannah, Cam, John, Randy and Amy! Critical Race Theory ain’t coming here. This is what happens when good people stand up and say, not in my town, not on my watch.
— Southlake Families (@SouthlakeFamPAC) May 2, 2021
After the votes were counted, successful school board candidate Hannah Smith, a lawyer who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said that “The voters have come together in record-breaking numbers to restore unity. By a landslide vote, they don’t want racially divisive critical race theory taught to their children or forced on their teachers. Voters agreed with my positive vision of our community and its future.”
As alluded to above, right-leaning Twitters users concluded that the way NBC crafted or spun the headline about what happened in Southlake was problematic, to use one of the liberals’ favorite words. Here is just a sampling:
40 point victories are "bitterly divided" https://t.co/ss9ka3jKw6
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) May 3, 2021
This is one of the most blatantly liberally-biased descriptions of a news story that I have ever seen…
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) May 3, 2021
By the way, you want to know what “bitterly divided” is? 50%-49%. That Congressional race in Iowa that was decided by like six votes. A 70%-30% trouncing isn’t very “divided” at all.
— Jeff B., who on earth is this guy?? (@EsotericCD) May 3, 2021
Misleading title. It was actually the opponents of state institutionalized racism won HUGE and we discovered it really wasn’t a bitterly divided community as the vast majority voted against CRT. The people who don’t live here who caused this drama were resoundingly beaten. https://t.co/PgH9jWgHcD
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) May 3, 2021
If you’re having trouble keeping up with the ever-shifting Orwellian language, “opponents of anti-racism education” are the people who actually oppose racism on principle; the “anti-racists” are the people who want to discriminate against others on the basis of skin color. https://t.co/Yv8yNgwXsx
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) May 3, 2021
FWIW: Southlake, TX is in TX-24, one of the few Biden Republican districts from the 2020 election… and a helluva bellwether for the culture wars to come in the coming year’s elections:https://t.co/Hu6dRhrh4Y
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 3, 2021
Big turnout. Ignore NBCs framing, because we all know “anti-racism” is racism. Just look at the numbers.
This is what Democrats face if they don’t stop the stupid within. https://t.co/1aCWldgEXt
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) May 3, 2021
There is simply no way to look at this and think the press is being a fair or neutral arbiter. None.
— Smatt (@mdrache) May 3, 2021
Critical race theory is a toxic, racist ideology. It is not anti-racist. Your desperation is showing.
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) May 3, 2021
Alternate headline: “local school districts vote to rationality condemn teaching bigotry”
— Blake (@WhatTheScof) May 3, 2021
How is 70/30 bitterly divided. Seems like a clear majority.
— K Blank (@kjblank80) May 3, 2021
The HR-industrial complex has some very bad "DEI" ideas that are rapidly gaining purchase in organizations, tying people up in useless and sometimes offensive training sessions and hyperpolicing people in an essentially arbitrary way. Of course there is a backlash to this.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 3, 2021
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