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Just like his close friend Joy Reid, frequent MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude failed to keep his emotions under control during a discussion and debate Tuesday morning with noted anti-critical race theory critic and researcher Christopher Rufo.
Glaude is a radically left-wing Princeton University professor of “African American Studies” who staunchly supports the teaching of CRT in schools.
During the debate on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rufo was provided the opportunity by co-host Joe Scarborough to make the opening remarks.
He started out by pointing out that critical race theory is a Marxist concept rooted in racial essentialism, a rejection of capitalism and, in fact, a rejection of all of the core values — due process, freedom of speech, etc. — that undergird American society.
“Critical race theory in simple terms is an academic discipline that holds that the United States was founded on racism, white supremacy, and patriarchy and that those forces are still at the root of our society today. Critical race theory reformulates the old Marxist dichotomy of oppressor and oppressed, but it replaces the class categories of bourgeoisie and proletariat with the racial categories of white and black,” he said.
“And if you look at the academic literature, the critical race theory isn’t merely saying we should examine the history of racial inequality or racial injustice. They’re saying things that are much deeper. They call in to question the Fourteenth Amendment, equal protection under the law, they call into question the First Amendment, right to free speech. They oppose capitalism and believe that a system of collectivism must be implemented in order to improve society. It’s not a benign philosophy,” he added.
Everything he said was correct. Instead of acknowledging this, Glaude tried doing what Reid had done in her own debate with Rufo last month and focusing the discussion on him versus the substance of his remarks.
Watch part one of the discussion/debate below:
“What I want to suggest [is] it’s not about whether or not we actually get critical race theory right. That’s not actually the point that Christopher and his allies are actually engaged in. What we need to be asking is why are they doing this at this point? Why are they making these arguments at this moment?” Glaude said in rebuttal.
Because a growing number of frustrated parents have in the past year begun to speak out about the CRT indoctrination their own children have encountered at school. That’s why.
To his credit, Scarborough pushed back on this rhetoric by noting that he himself has encountered plenty of CRT material that suggests, as an example, “that capitalism is racist.”
Glaude responded by conceding the point.
“There is something called racial capitalism that involves the idea that there are certain people who are disposable … because of the color of their skin,” he said.
He kind of had a point, but not for the reasons he thought. Because of CRT — not capitalism — there’s this belief that certain lives are more important than others. That’s why it’s OK to discriminate against Asians if it means helping blacks. That’s likewise why it’s OK to say #BlackLivesMatter not but not #AllLivesMatter.
Given a chance to speak again, Rufo cut through all of Glaude’s rhetoric and got down to the core problem.
“What I’m concerned about and what millions of parents are really concerned about is things that are happening in hundreds of public schools in Illinois and Chicago, where they’re teaching kindergartner children as young as kindergarten that whiteness is the devil,” he said.
This prompted Gaude, who’s purportedly an esteemed university professor, to roll his eyes like a child.
Gaude may not believe it, but schools in Illinois have, in fact, shared content that portrays whites as devils.
Breaking: @SLF_Liberty has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Evanston School District. The school engaged in racial segregation, depicted “whiteness” as a devil, and taught that whites are inherently oppressive.
Read more here: https://t.co/dsLTfPzoLJ
— Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) (@fairforall_org) June 30, 2021
Rufo continued by noting that while Gaude can claim all he wants that CRT is just about “looking at the history of racism and society, when you actually look at the specifics, they’re telling kids that they are fundamentally racist because of the color of their skin.”
He added, “They’re telling people that they should feel shame, guilt, and anguish because of their inborn characteristics and traits.”
Once again to Scarborough’s credit, he then noted that even some of his liberal friends and acquaintances have complained about the propaganda their children have been inundated with at school.
This point — one rooted in fact and reality — was the last straw for Glaude. Growing emotional, he started ranting and raving and went so far as to reference the completely unrelated Jan. 6 Capitol riot and to accuse Rufo of fighting back against CRT radicalism in bad faith.
“I’m getting upset, because we’re seeing right now in real time a reassertion of the lie –the very thing that keeps us from becoming a different America, because we don’t want to accept who we are,” he said emotionally.
“This sort of argument is happening right now, and I want us to link it to Jan. 6th. I want us to link it to the attack on voting rights. … And I’ll say it to Christopher right to his face — I don’t think this is a good faith argument, period!” he added in anger.
Watch the rest of the discussion below:
Just to be clear, there is no “attack on voting rights” happening in the United States.
The discussion concluded with Scarborough encouraging the two to return for another round next week.
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