Despite establishment Democrats’ efforts to brand aversion to critical race theory as merely the work of hyperbolic so-called right-wing activists, a broad range of parents from all backgrounds and on a grassroots basis are increasingly registering opposition to the divisive K-12 curriculum.
In this context, dismissive, identity-politics-focused Democrat officials may be whistling past the schoolyard perhaps as the 2022 congressional midterm elections approach as well as in more localized contests.
A Democrat who leads an organization called Run for Something that seeks to elect local candidates to school boards and other offices told left-leaning Politico, for example, that “The point is that people are scared about what their kids are learning.”
The obsession with critical race theory (CRT) and its analogs might backfire on Democrats in the same way that the defund-the-police movement has fallen out of favor with constituency groups that ideologically driven liberals claim they represent. National Democrats also appear to be out of step with most voters in their opposition to voter ID.
Contentious school board meetings (Loudoun County, Va., being one of the epicenters), online groups, and some recent local elections where parents and some educators have banded together to fight back against what is often described as Marxist indoctrination should be giving the institutional, race-obsessed, woke left a wake-up call, Politico implied in its lengthy article:
[T]hose Democrats appear to be underestimating parents’ anger in places where critical race theory is top of mind. Objections to new equity plans are not the sole province of conservatives but extend to many moderate and independent voters, according to POLITICO interviews with school board members, political operatives and activists in Democratic and left-leaning communities…
They are up in arms over their school systems’ new equity initiatives, which they argue are costly and divisive, encouraging students to group themselves by race and take pro-activist stances.
“This is a perfect storm of something that can appeal to, or draw back in, some of the suburban parents that might have voted Republican in 2016, Democrat in 2018 and 2020, but could be drawn back to the Republican Party in 2022,” said Run for Something’s Amanda Litman.
Politico also reports on a California suburban mom who immigrated from the Soviet Union and subsequently grew wary over the state’s CRT-based model ethnic studies curriculum. Elina Kaplan, a registered Democrat, now heads the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies “and has become one of the curriculum’s top opponents.”
Kaplan felt there were numerous issues with the model curriculum. Drafts, for example, included criticisms of capitalism, at one point referring to it as a “system of power” and suggesting students study how capitalism has been used to oppress people. The first draft put little focus on anti-Semitism but included sample teachings about Palestine, upsetting Jewish leaders in the state…”What I hear over and over again is that people who are against CRT in schools are just against talking about racism,” Kaplan said. “We believe strongly in teaching [against] racism, in confronting racism.”
As alluded to above, parents who have good-faith objections to CRT have no beef with the teaching of American history and civics in all their dimensions, good and bad.
Across the country, parents from all backgrounds are objecting, however, to what they have deemed far-left propaganda and guilt by association that drives a wedge between students and, for that matter, adults, and undermines the U.S. Constitution and the nation’s freedom-based founding.
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In the guise of anti-racism, critical race theory (which was originally developed by law professors with too much time on their hands) seeks to shame, if not smear, one group while creating resentment in another, based only on immutable characteristics. It also creates a mythical bifurcation of oppressors and oppressed, its opponents insist.
Even as it is pushed by Joe Biden’s Department of Education, critical race theory, moreover, is inconsistent with the fundamental goals of the U.S. civil rights movement, which led to federal and state laws rendering racial discrimination of any kind illegal.
In this context, it is often claimed that the left accuses the right of doing the things that the left is actually doing, such as bigotry, conspiracy-mongering, or bullying.
CRT, which has been banned in a number of red states, has unfortunately penetrated corporate America as well as the U.S. military.
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