The Fightback Against Critical Race Theory
Across the US, parents are protesting against the implementation of new school lessons informed by critical race theory (CRT). Videos of parents passionately speaking up in opposition at school-board meetings have gone viral. At a recent meeting, the school board in Loudoun County, Virginia, heard a range of criticisms. ‘You’re teaching children to hate others because of their skin colour’, said retired senator Dick Black. Xi Van Fleet, a woman who survived the Cultural Revolution in Mao’s China, said the CRT lessons, with their emphasis on personal guilt, reminded her of those dark days. Students are being taught ‘to loathe our country and our history’, she said. The board quickly ended the meeting and called the police to arrest the protesters.
Media commentary on the parents’ protests has been dismissive and condescending. Parents have been presented as uninformed rubes who don’t know what they’re talking about. Commentators claim CRT isn’t even in schools, and that the parental pushback is just an ‘astro-turf’ movement ginned up by Fox News. The parents have been presented as a minority of aggrieved white Trumpists, whose objections are simply evidence of their bigotry. MSNBC host Joy Reid played a clip on her show of one tearful parent in Missouri, who exclaimed: ‘Just because I do not want critical race theory taught to my children in school does not mean I’m a racist, damn it!’ Reid laughed. ‘Actually, it does’, she said.
But these attempts to wave away the protests as illegitimate are unconvincing. The videos themselves show that the parents come from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. Many are indeed conservatives, but there are also many
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