Proponents of Critical Race Theory aren’t going to stop until we start (and keep on) punching them in the nose like the Bullies they are. And that’s how we should treat them – as Bullies.
And then, as Saul Alinsky wrote in his book Rules for Radicals, use their own Rulebook (e.g., Policies) against them. Go outside their expertise – use the Laws of your State against them. Ridicule them. These self-important, self-righteous incompetents need to be put into their places. These are OUR kids – not theirs.
Use these abstracts I’ve been putting up in this series as teaching tools – what are they doing, how are they doing it, and what to do about them.
If you’ve followed this story at all then you know that there is a serious backlash to the spread of Critical Race Theory (CRT) into public and private schools around the country. And, not surprisingly, there is now a media backlash to that backlash which is arguing a couple of things. First it suggests that what parents and many conservatives are calling CRT isn’t actually CRT as understood by scholars. Marc Lamont Hill and Nikole Hannah Jones have both made that argument.
And the second (very predictable) argument is that opponents of CRT are really just racists who want to prevent students from learning about slavery or Jim Crow. The Washington Post published a piece last month which concluded, “Objections to CRT are an emotional defense against unwanted change, not an intellectual disagreement. Conservatives were never debating the facts.” In other words, there’s no point in talking to these racists because they don’t care about facts.
Yesterday John McWhorter wrote a compelling response to the media backlash against the backlash. His overall advice: Ignore the attacks and distractions and keep objecting to CRT. First he deals with the claim that what is being called CRT isn’t really CRT:
Elects commonly insist that critics of CRT would feel differently if they read actual foundational articles about it. But the issue is what is being done in CRT’s name, not what some articles contained decades ago. The early writings by people like Regina Austin, Richard Delgado, Kimberlé Crenshaw are simply hard-leftist legal analysis, proposing a revised conception of justice that takes oppression into account, including a collective sense of subordinate group identity. These are hardly calls to turn schools into Maoist re-education camps fostering star chambers and struggle sessions…
In language, terms evolve, and quickly — witness, of late, how this has happened with cancel culture and even woke. To insist that “CRT” must properly refer only to the contents of obscure law review articles from decades ago is a debate team stunt, not serious engagement with a dynamic and distressing reality.
…The issue here is not whether schoolkids should learn about racism. A certain kind of person loves to stand and breezily say that there are swarms of people out there who don’t want kids to know about racism – and they say this with admirable oppositional poise but not a shred of evidence.
Rather, what most of us (as opposed to the Establishment in schools of education) think, and are correct about, is this:
1. Young children should not be taught if white to be guilty and if black to feel a) oppressed and b) wary of white kids around them (and if South Asian to be very, very confused …).
2. Young children should not be taught that the American story is mainly (note I write mainly rather than only, but mainly is just as awful here) one of oppression and racism. Not because it’s unpleasant and because sinister characters want to “hide” it, but because it’s dumb.
And, of course, Government has to go along with this nonsense as well:
- Report: Federal Reserve tells workers to avoid using ‘biased terms’ like ‘Founding Fathers,’ ‘manmade’ — and even ‘singular generic pronouns‘
The Federal Reserve told employees to avoid using “biased terms” such as “Founding Fathers,” “manmade” — and even to ditch “singular generic pronouns,” Fox News reported, citing an internal webpage the cable network said it obtained. A former Fed staffer with knowledge of the matter told Fox News the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors issued the guidance for all employees nationwide April 29.
“Bias-free language recognizes diversity and avoids stereotyping, demeaning, or excluding people on the basis of gender, race, ethnic group, religion, age, ability/disability, or sexual orientation…Try to avoid words and phrases that may be considered offensive, pejorative, or prejudiced (whether consciously or unconsciously), as these can distract your audience from the ideas/information you’re trying to convey,” the guidance also says, Fox News noted.
The cable network said the guidance contains a list of off-limits “biased terms” that includes terms such as “blacklist,” “grandfathered,” and “Founding Fathers.” Instead, employees should instead use alternate terms such as “denied,” “legacy,” and “Founders,” Fox News said. Other terms such as “whitelisted, “manpower,” “manmade,” as well as “singular generic pronouns” – “he,” she,” “his,” and “hers” – should be replaced with more “bias-free” alternatives such as “allowed,” “artificial,” the cable network said.
- Largest U.S. Hospital Group Will Require ‘Conscious Inclusion’ Training, Recommended Employees Read ‘White Fragility.’
The nation’s largest hospital group will require “conscious inclusion” training for all employees this year and recommended that employees read Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility,” according to internal company documents. HCA Healthcare said that all employees will receive mandatory “conscious inclusion” training in 2021 as part of their “annual code of conduct refresher training,” according to the internal documents, which were provided to The Daily Wire by an HCA employee.
“Conscious inclusion” training is considered the next step after “unconscious bias” training. While the goal of “unconscious bias” training is to reveal to someone their own internal barriers to inclusivity, the goal of “conscious inclusion” training is to provide them with the tools to do something about it. So far, 45% of HCA employees at the director level or above have already completed “conscious inclusion” training, the mammoth hospital group said.
The “conscious inclusion” training will include activities like the “Name That Bias” card game, and will last up to two and a half hours, an outline of the training shows.
Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland, has opened a formal investigation into 29-year-old student Lisa Keogh, a mother of two, after she dared to utter biological facts in a debate about transgender identity. The university is investigating her “offensive” and “discriminatory” comments. Keogh’s crime? She said, “women have vaginas,” and argued that a biological male who had testosterone in his body for 32 years would be stronger than the average woman, even if he identified as female. Another student accused her of calling women the “weaker sex.”
In 2019, a biological man who identifies as a woman set new world records for women’s squat, women’s bench press, and woman’s deadlift. Female Olympian Sharron Davies decried the “unfair playing field,” noting that “a woman with female biology cannot compete.” Keogh told The Times of London that she had been taking part in a video seminar about gender feminism and the law when she raised concerns about biological males who identify as “transgender women” competing in mixed martial arts.
When Keogh first heard about the formal investigation, it didn’t compute. “I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way that the university would pursue me for utilising my legal right to freedom of speech,” she told The Times. Keogh said the professor muted her during the debate, and afterward, her fellow classmates heaped abuse on her. “I didn’t intend to be offensive but I did take part in a debate and outlined my sincerely held views,” the student said. “I wasn’t being mean, transphobic or offensive. I was stating a basic biological fact.”
He’s been in the Government for over 50 years – why didn’t HE fix it?
“Every class enters the history of the nation up to the point that has been written by others. But few classes — once in every few generations — enters at a point in our history where it actually has a chance to change the trajectory of the country…We were in the midst of a great movement for civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental rights…We faced an inflection point, and we did our best to seize that moment because things were changing so rapidly… And now, you face another inflection point. As we put this pandemic behind us, rebuild our economy, root out systemic racism, and tackle climate change, we’re addressing the great crises of our time with a greater sense of purpose than never before.”
Over several months, President Biden’s spoken against systemic racism. To my knowledge, he’s not named one mechanism of the evil at large. If he were only to expose the levers, they might immediately and necessarily be changed.
…And if the system is vile, why does he lead it? He’s its most powerful entity; why enable it to persist?…Lastly, if he’s being honest about systemic racism, why was he silent for 45 years before letting us know?
President Joe Biden wants educators to teach students that racism is endemic in America. He and his “woke” allies think students should learn that our nation was born of the desire to enslave other humans, not as a struggle for freedom. They also believe that the government should racially discriminate, today and in the future. The president wants these things so badly he’s asked his secretary of education to prioritize grant funding for K-12 history and civics curricula that preach this revisionist history.
…Like other forms of Marxism, critical race theory teaches young minds to see the world as divided into two categories: oppressors and their victims. The only difference with traditional Marxism is that the critical race theory categories consist of immutable traits such as race, sex, or national origin, not economic classes like the bourgeoisie and the proletariat….Critical race theory wants to solve this problem by adding race to Marxism. Critical race theory teaches young minds to focus on nothing but skin color and power, and how one influences the other in public and private life. It promotes racial stereotypes and assumes that humans act according to their category, not as individuals.
And you can come to the conclusion that when EVERYTHING is Raaacist!, then NOTHING is racist at all. First, some examples of Whiteness…then something you never expected to be called Racist:
Over the last year, we’ve discovered that white supremacists have purposefully inserted racist mechanisms into America’s structures so they’ll work in oppressive ways. Perplexingly, we’ve been told such by those structures’ heads, as they refuse to pinpoint the levers so that any might be changed. Added to the frustration, we’ve learned that many ideas considered universal are in fact race-based. Case in point: the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture 2020 chart, which listed “aspects and assumptions” of whiteness:
Rugged Individualism, The nuclear family; father, mother, 2.3 children is the ideal social unit, Objective, rational linear thinking, Hard work is the key to success, Christianity is the norm, Respect authority, Plan for future, Delayed gratification, Action Orientation, Decision-Making, Be polite,
Additionally, we’ve been informed that division is racist — and not the kind you might assume. In February, Oregon promoted a program to subtract racism…from math. Its “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction” offered 14 manifestations of white supremacy:
Perfectionism, Sense of Urgency, Defensiveness, Quantity Over Quality, Worship of the Written Word, Only One Right way, Paternalism, Either/Or Thinking, Power Hoarding, Fear of Open Conflict, Individualism, Progress is Bigger More, Objectivity, Right to Comfort
And what would happen if I took all of those values and attributes above, flipped them, and called them Black Supremacy? Yeah, the mob would descend upon me as an Oppressor. Again, these are tools to shut off debate of any kind and trap the victim of such a debate into a endless chasm. Don’t play their game. But THIS, THIS is quite amusing and show that anyone can call anything racist and get away with it:
And now, another product of the pale is made known: thinness. As relayed by TikToker hannatalksbodies, anti-fatness is racist.
In the almost-400,000-view clip (recently clicked upon nearly 225,000 times on Twitter), she begins, “Here’s your reminder that fatphobia is rooted in racism.”
Click on the link above – it’s hilarious! What people won’t fall for or make up stuff to make themselves feel better about themselves…
And finally, a note of Sanity. You see, if the Left has used Government to get their agenda into our schools, we on the Right, too, can use the same technique:
Florida’s state school board on Thursday voted to ban the teaching of critical race theory in public schools amid a push from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to eliminate the ideology from its classrooms. During a meeting before the State Board of Education’s vote, some opponents of critical race theory said it is Marxist and should be blocked.
“We all know it’s a Marxist tactic to divide our country by class and by race,” said Bennett Brown, a Duval County resident and board member of the Florida Family Policy Council. Brown said that teachers should instead teach “the truth and that the United States of America is a great and wonderful land with freedom for all.”
“Telling my child that they are in a permanent oppressed status is racist,” critical race theory critic Quisha King of Moms for Liberty in Jacksonville said during the meeting.
Opponents of the Board’s decision said during the meeting that DeSantis and Republicans are attempting to prevent schools from using critical race theory as part of a political strategy to gain votes. “It’s an effort to whitewash, cover up and candy-coat history,” said Ben Frazier, president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville. “Allow teachers to speak the truth.”
The problem is that Historical Truth has been “Zinnified” and it no longer Truth but history shaded and curated with an ideological bent that has become larger than the history itself.
The Florida Teacher’s Union president, Andrew Spar, also said he didn’t favor the move. Spar alleged that the change was not necessary because Florida teachers don’t use critical race theory in their curriculum. But DeSantis countered Spar in the meeting with three examples of what he described as “attempts to teach [critical race theory] in Florida,” including one in Jacksonville, where the meeting was held.
After the Board’s decision, DeSantis hailed the move. “Florida’s education system exists to create opportunity for our children. Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other. It is state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida schools,” he wrote on Twitter.