Rep. Ilhan Omar took to social media on Friday to deny that public schools around the country are teaching controversial Critical Race Theory while accusing Republicans of creating “false narratives” about the racialist curriculum.
Her statement comes as more than a dozen states have moved to ban the materials from primary schools and as a growing number of parents are showing up at school board meetings vehemently protesting the curriculum’s teachings.
“Republicans love to create outrage over things that aren’t actually happening. People should be asking them, what elementary, middle and high school is teaching Critical Race Theory and why they are spinning false narratives,” wrote the Minnesota Democrat.
Omar is a controversial figure in her own right over several past statements many see as anti-Semitic.
Republicans love to create outrage over things that aren’t actually happening. People should be asking them, what elementary, middle and high school is teaching Critical Race Theory and why they are spinning false narratives.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 19, 2021
Omar’s claim comes a day after one of her House colleagues, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), introduced legislation that bans public schools in Washington, D.C., from exposing students to the Marxist-based theory. Introduced during the first federal Juneteenth holiday, Grothman’s bill is only the latest effort to ban the curriculum from schools and universities.
According to a Heritage Foundation report released in December, CRT’s intent is to “create a new social reality” by debasing Western values and institutions and replacing them with ideas rooted in cultural Marxism, an idea that conservatives have roundly rejected.
In March, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, was among the first to sign legislation banning CRT from the state’s public schools, calling it racist and divisive.
“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,” he said. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.
“So we will invest in actual, solid, true curriculum, and we will be a leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics education,” he added, vowing CRT will be preempted with “actual, solid, true curriculum” and that Florida will become a “leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics education.”
Idaho’s GOP Gov. Brad Little followed suit in April, signing a bill that bars the teaching of materials that “affirm, adopt or adhere to” an existing identity group as being superior or inferior to another, or for being “responsible for any historical wrongs associated with their identity group,” the Daily Caller reported.
“The claim that there is widespread, systemic indoctrination occurring in Idaho classrooms is a serious allegation,” said Little at the time. “Most worryingly, it undermines popular support for public education in Idaho.”
As the movement to ban CRT spreads in state legislatures, parents around the country are steadily pushing back on the curriculum as well — and the pushback is multi-ethnic.
In May, a black mother identified as Chantel Cooper fired back at the Loudoun, Va., School Board over the district’s inclusion of CRT curriculum.
“CRT is not an ‘honest dialogue,’ it is a tactic that was used by Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan on slavery very many years ago to dumb down my ancestors so we could not think for ourselves,” she said.
“CRT is racist, it is abusive, it discriminates against one’s color,” Cooper added. “Let me educate you: an ‘honest dialogue’ does not oppress, An ‘honest dialogue’ does not implement hatred or injustice—it’s to communicate without deceiving people.”
More recently, a black father and his young daughter took to TikTok to denounce CRT as overtly racist.
“So we need to stop CRT period, point-blank. Period. Children do not see skin color, man; they love everybody,” the dad, Kory Yeshua, says.
“How we treat people is based on who they are, not what color they are,” Yeshua explained.
“And if they are nice and smart,” his daughter agreed.
An NBC analysis released earlier this month identified at least 165 local and national groups that have formed to fight against CRT in schools.
“Parents are right to revolt against critical race theory in the classroom,” Christopher Rufo, an anti-CRT advocate and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told the Daily Caller. “Children are not inherently ‘oppressors’ and should not be implicated for historical crimes on the basis of their race. That’s the kind of propaganda that belongs in a Soviet history museum—not American K-12 classrooms.”
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