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MSNBC’s Joy Reid refuses Chris Rufo’s ‘white man demand’ challenge to debate critical race theory

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MSNBC host Joy Reid dismissed an offer to debate by Critical Race Theory critic Christopher Rufo as a “white man demand,” but according to him, she refuses to book him on her show to discuss the controversial curriculum.

@JoyAnnReid has denounced me by name multiple times on her show. But she doesn’t have the courage to invite me on as a guest,” Rufo wrote last week in a tweet that includes a video clip of Reid denouncing him along with a guest.

“She knows that I will crush her critical race theory apologetics any day of the week,” he added.

In response, Reid tweeted: “This is a weirdly aggressive way to get yourself on TV, Christopher. Why not just contact my booking producers like a normal person, rather than going with the White Man Demands option?” she wrote. “I had never even heard of you until @oneunderscore__ piece exposing your plot to rebrand CRT.”

“I’m not ‘demanding’ anything; I’m challenging you to a debate about critical race theory. The real question: are you going to accept this challenge or not?” Rufo replied.

Reid, who has been dubbed MSNBC’s “race lady” by Fox News host Tucker Carlson because of her frequent unsubstantiated accusations of racism, raised eyebrows again earlier this month when she suggested that CRT in public schools is a counter to the “Confederate Race Theory” she claims is currently taught.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter.

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.” she added.

As for Rufo, he has documented several instances of the Marxist-themed CRT curriculum being introduced in the corporate world and academia. Earlier this year, he uncovered the curriculum — which teaches that nearly every aspect of American society is premised on ‘white supremacy’ racism — at a top U.S. defense contractor, Lockheed-Martin. There, white male employees were instructed to “work hard to understand” their “white privilege,” “male privilege” and “heterosexual privilege” because they allegedly give them special benefits.

Documents Rufo uncovered also ask white males to both acknowledge and confront the “roots of white male culture,” which were defined as “rugged individualism,” “a can-do attitude,” “hard work,” “operating from principles” and “striving towards success.”

Participants in a Zoom-setting ‘class’ “included a former three-star general and the vice president of production for the $1.7 trillion F-35 fighter jet program,” Rufo tweeted in May.

Statements that participants were asked to internalize and accept include:

— “My culture teaches me to minimize the perspectives and powers of people of other races.”

— “My earning potential is 15-33% higher than a woman’s.”

— “I can commit acts of terrorism, violence or crime and not have it attributed to my race.”

While some on the left, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), have denied that CRT is infiltrating primary education and academia in general, a growing number of parents have discovered that the curriculum is being taught in various forms and are showing up in greater numbers at school board meetings to protest.

Jon Dougherty

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