With the tide perhaps turning against divisive critical race theory, the left may be getting desperate in its attempts to justify this radical curriculum or construct.
Reid claims — without evidence — that critical race theory provides a remedy for so-called Confederate Race Theory that is currently being taught, according to her, in many of the nation’s public schools.
Other than critical race theory apologists, however, hardly anyone on social media is buying Reid’s make-believe premise, which is prompting wide-ranging pushback.
Now positioning herself as pro-democracy, which may be an incongruity, Reid took to Twitter to say: “Currently, most k-12 students already learn a kind of Confederate Race Theory, whereby the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago imposed a version of history wherein slavery was not so bad and had nothing to do with the civil war, and lynchings and violence never happened.”
“Is this about continuing to teach Confederate Race Theory? And continuing to omit things like the founders owning slaves, or the facts about the mass extermination of the indigenous? Are you insisting that those things continue to be omitted? If so, why?” she continued. “Or is it about adding more empty praise to the teaching of history and completing the sanitization of history that already is the case? If so, why? How does that make children smarter? And don’t you think kids will eventually find out the facts anyway? Would love a response.”
Currently, most k-12 students already learn a kind of Confederate Race Theory, whereby the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago imposed a version of history wherein slavery was not so bad and had nothing to do with the civil war, and lynchings and violence never happened.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) June 11, 2021
Or is it about adding more empty praise to the teaching of history and completing the sanitization of history that already is the case? If so, why? How does that make children smarter? And don’t you think kids will eventually find out the facts anyway? Would love a response.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) June 11, 2021
Contrary to Reid’s assertions, critical race theory opponents want American history to be fully and thoroughly taught in all its dimensions, good and bad, without liberal filters. What they object to is indoctrinating students into a far-left ideology with Marxist undertones that seeks to devalue the country’s founding and its freedom-creating, constitutional underpinnings.
In the guise of anti-racism, critical race theory seeks to shame, if not smear, one group while creating resentment in another based only on immutable characteristics and by creating a mythical bifurcation of oppressors and oppressed.
For these reasons, states like Florida and others have banned critical race theory, while concerned parents at the local and county levels have demanded their school boards to drop the material from classroom instruction. As Gov. DeSantis has previously said, the curriculum encourages kids to hate each other and to hate America.
By driving a wedge between people, critical race theory is also inconsistent with the fundamental goals of the civil rights movement, which led to federal and state laws rendering racial discrimination of any kind illegal.
As alluded to above, Twitter is strongly implying that Harvard University graduate Joy Reid needs to brush up on her history. Here is just a sampling of the enormous response that the MSNBC host requested:
Do you just make this stuff up as you go along? Or is there some sort of nonsensical progressive guide to rewriting reality?
— MarcyJMiller (@MarcyJMiller) June 12, 2021
I attended a k-12 school south of the Mason Dixon line in the 1970’s and we were never taught anything like that. You are setting up a straw man argument.
— Harvey B (@HarvyB3) June 11, 2021
You have to either be dishonest or extremely ignorant to say this.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) June 12, 2021
I grew up in the south. At no point did any teacher teach slavery, the civil war, or reconstruction in this manner. This is crazy
— the guy who booked the wrong four seasons (@colemn76) June 12, 2021
And I’m moderately left of center, see trump and the new right as reality denying racist indeed; wanting to go back to a time of white dominance. That said, Joy Reid’s brand of woke is also devoid of some reality.
— Gerald Cuesta (@cuesta_gerald) June 12, 2021
Joy-Ann, your characterization of “most K-12 teachers” as teaching a “kind of confederate race theory” is wrong and a great injustice to teachers across the nation who are seeking to support students and teach a more honest history of America than was taught 30 years ago.
— Alexander (@Alexand80637403) June 12, 2021
This is a bizarre take. I can’t speak to every high school curriculum in the US, and I haven’t been in high school in 18 years, but we learned that slavery was awful, that founding fathers did have slaves, that slavery was a major factor in the Civil War
— sw (@DetSportsGuy) June 12, 2021
I’m starting to question if you ever really went to school in the US.
We learned plenty about the bad stuff done in our country’s history. We also learned about the massive strides made in progress too.
CRT only focuses on the negatives. No progress will ever be good for it.
— Fenrisúlfr (@TheFenrirEffect) June 13, 2021
Not sure which “law schools” teach Critical Race Theory, but mine didn’t.
Not sure what “most” K-12 schools teach, but my K-12 Ohio public school system taught me all about Sally Hemings etc., the cruelty of slavery and of Jim Crow.
You may want to look into this a bit.
— Tyler Amick (@MickTy96) June 11, 2021
This is insane. I grew up in the Deep South and went to rural public school and private, evangelical Christian school. I was educated by overwhelmingly conservative leaning teachers my entire k-12 life and was never once taught anything remotely close to this.
Just a lie. https://t.co/DSViyREmSJ
— Noah Riddle (@NoahRiddle13) June 12, 2021
“Confederate race theory” is as made up as someone hacking your blog to post homophobic comments on it.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 13, 2021
We do an entire unit on MLK that focuses on the history of the treatment of blacks in America. In fourth grade public school. The kids love this unit and feel so deeply for the treatment. Your take is misleading if not false.
— Beth (@_lizabethann) June 13, 2021
These people live in an alternate reality https://t.co/uTwTql3iZN
— Nucly (@Nucly1) June 12, 2021
She’s either delusional, malinformed, or willfully spouting mendacious propaganda. https://t.co/51eoDq9B3Y
— The Inter Ocean (@ChicagoOcean) June 12, 2021
This is just totally untrue. For instance, our schools teach individuals like Lincoln as being historical giants, true heroes, because of how horrible slavery was and how just we were to fight a war to end it. https://t.co/0hT4jKudQH
— Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) June 12, 2021
Joy, this is one of the silliest, most outlandish, things I’ve read in a while. You think “most” K-12 kids have been getting taught that slavery was not so bad until this year? Seriously? That’s propaganda. Show me the textbooks to back this up please. https://t.co/nNLJPVGTow
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) June 12, 2021
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