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PolitiFact, the dubious “fact-checking” site used by Facebook and other social media networks to censor dissenting views, is facing criticism for posting a questionable summary of critical race theory that seems one-sided and devoid of pertinent details.
Published Monday, the piece is titled “What is critical race theory, and why are conservatives blocking it?” While it does briefly cover the conservative viewpoint on the issue, it declines to include any data, quotes or examples from the most noted CRT researcher, Christopher Rufo of the Discovery Institute.
Rufo has been instrumental in documenting the radicalism inherent in CRT and its propagation, from biracial children being taught that they’re so-called privileged white male oppressors to corporate employees being instructed to “try to be less white.”
Imagine writing all this and not including a single example of critical race theory in schools.
For your reference, you absolute hacks:https://t.co/JkuL0OPNd0
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 25, 2021
Instead, PolitiFact offers a very rudimentary overview of CRT that, not surprisingly, is teeming with quotes from left-wing proponents of the theory, including Democrat politicians and so-called “educators.”
In fairness, the summary does include brief quotes from Reps. Burgess Owens and Jim Banks about how CRT “preserves” racist thinking, “undermines civil rights” and teaches children “to be ashamed of our country and to judge each other based on their race.”
The problem is that, one, PolitFact doesn’t flesh out these concerns at all, and two, on Twitter it tried to frame this issue as a cultural/political one:
Critical race theory is the new front in the Republican culture wars. It includes the idea of systemic racism, but is hard to define precisely, and it’s unclear how much it shows up in the classroom. https://t.co/5yQhdp3cYC
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) May 25, 2021
The tweet above boasted a painfully poor 366 percent ratio (comments divided by tweets) as of Thursday morning.
Interestingly, some of the criticism came from self-identified “liberals” who also take issue with this radical ideology.
This isn’t a partisan issue. I am a liberal and I am very much against this ideology.
— Chris Gibson (@Chris_Is_Tasty) May 25, 2021
Liberal here— the only reason I’m flirting with conservatism right now is because they’re the only ones standing up for us on this issue.
— Leafe Bettencourt (@Leafeb) May 25, 2021
Liberal centrist independant here.
CRITICAL THEORY IS ILLIBERAL.
— Skully (@oheldon) May 25, 2021
Stop painting this as a partisan issue – plenty of people across the political spectrum dislike identity politics and think that judging and treating people differently based on the color of their skin is a step backwards for society.
— 🌺🏳️🌈Dr. Russian Bot 🏳️🌈🌺 (@sonysamurai75) May 25, 2021
— 🎭 (@ok06012905) May 25, 2021
of course it is hard to define, that is done on purpose by CRT ideologues. They are not interested in the truth, only power, so by changing the definition of what they mean, they are never pinned down on the evil that is CRT. They claim equity but in fact are intolerant.
— Amor Fati- (@AmorFat80903142) May 25, 2021
Its like this. https://t.co/hPlz6dgYqo
— Amazon Eve – Still Tall Not Shrinking 🇺🇸 (@AmazonEve) May 25, 2021
To be fair again to PolitiFact, while its framing of the issue could use some work, it still seems more honest than the framing from the mainstream press.
The mainstream media have repeatedly falsely claimed that the attempts by conservative politicians to ban the teaching of CRT is an attempt to prevent students from being taught about history and racism.
“Texas Pushes to Obscure the State’s History of Slavery and Racism,” a headline at The New York Times reads.
As noted in the tweets below by Rufo and conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey, this is a blatant lie:
This is a USSR-level lie. None of the bills prohibit schools from teaching about slavery or racism; they prohibit schools from compelling students to believe in race essentialism, collective guilt, and racial superiority theory.
The New York Times is utter propaganda. pic.twitter.com/AK8vuqhGHQ
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 23, 2021
Texas did not ban teaching about racism, slavery or injustice. It banned curriculum that promotes resentment & hatred by categorizing children as victims and oppressors based on their skin color.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) May 23, 2021
“GOP pushing bill to ban teaching history of slavery,” another headilne, this one from MSNBC, reads.
This headline is also false.
MSNBC falsely describes CRT and the 1619 Project as the “history of slavery.” Never mind that 1619 was widely debunked by even leftist academics and historians. pic.twitter.com/br6ntOH5h0
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 23, 2021
“Texas educators worry bill limiting the teaching of current events and historic racism would ‘whitewash history,'” a headline at The Texas Tribune reads.
“[T]eachers and historians contend it’s impossible to teach America’s history without discussing race and injustice, especially when current events mirror historical lessons,” the actual piece reads.
Based on the Tribune’s reporting, Derek W. Black, a well-known anti-school choice activist, speculated that the real problem with CRT bans is that they would have a “chilling effect” on the First Amendment.
His take wasn’t well-received:
This is an unbelievably stupid take.
— Jaden Goodrich (@jaden_goodrich) May 26, 2021
Do you not agree that the government should create a “chilling effect” around teaching “alternatives to evolution” or “vaccines cause autism” in *tax-payer* funded public schools?
The 1619 lies are more destructive than both of the above lies.
— irregardless_of_irreason (@IIrreason) May 26, 2021
Being told I would fail if I used the term illegal immigrant instead of undocumented workers had a chilling effect on me in the class
— 1995Driveby (@1995Driveby) May 26, 2021
There are no CRT bans.
Just civil rights statutes that prohibit racial stereotyping and discrimination based on race.
— Cory (@CryptoCory3) May 26, 2021
The problem is that CRT itself is a grand attack on the First Amendment. It demands people not use terms that are deemed offensive (example: illegal alien), it demands that people do not recite facts that are deemed offensive (example: men are men, and women are women) and it demands that so-called “oppressors” (whites, Jews, etc.) “shut up” and bow to the whims of the so-called “oppressors,” even when the so-called “oppressors” are dead wrong.
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