The Republican Party is also leading a movement on the national front, arguing that mere mention of systematic racism is itself racist.
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The Critical Race Theory (CRT), which states in school and college, that people of different races live in America and that all races should be respected equally. It explains that racism affects America’s legal and social systems, but in the past few months, the Republican Party has opposed the teaching of this theory in schools at every level. They believe that the CRT presents the white race as a villain and is teaching today’s white race children that only whites are responsible for racism in America.
Dr. Latoya Baldwin Clark teaches law in the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA University of California. He says that ‘Critical Race Theory has some basic themes. Race is not real but racism is. Racism is normal and is baked into our institutions and systems. Not all groups experience racism, just as white races come with rich material and psychological benefits.
Right wing working on agenda
These days the ruckus over CRTs is not really directed at college level professors. The recent response to CRTs is aimed at primary and secondary schools. Ideas of CRT are showing up in grade school curricula, generating backlash from conservatives and some liberals, who claim that it actually creates more division among younger students. What we are seeing now, however, is a case of polarizing critical race theory according to its politics.
Dr. Eric Smith is an associate professor of rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania, speaking out against CRT – ‘I think it’s a travesty to tell kids that you’ll always see it and be a victim of this systemic racism’ .’ But unlike other critics, Doc Smith does not support the imposition of CRT as a way to censor conversations about race in an honest way. ‘Unfortunately, right-wing people are working with an agenda and see this matter as an opportunity to end the discussion about race. And this is not good for America.’
Governor signs law in Oklahoma
Republican lawmakers in at least six states, from Texas to Ohio, have turned opposition to CRT into measures that limit how schools can teach the historical truth about racism. Many of these laws do not explicitly mention the important race principle, but instead use broad language to define what is and what is not acceptable. Take Kentucky for example, where Republican leader Joseph Fischer recently introduced a proposal that would ban teaching concepts. The other line of the same proposition says that you cannot cite America as fundamentally or incredibly racist or sexist.
Governor Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma signed legislation that bans lessons including the concept that one should feel discomfort or stress because of their race or gender. The issue of CRT, which teaches our children to think that white people are bad, is not. We can’t teach white kids that they are oppressors or that they are bad or that they should feel guilty. What we are doing is we are really making our pedagogy more important so that all our children understand how to get to where we are today.’
Republican Party running national movement
The Republican Party is also leading a movement on the national front, arguing that the mere mention of systematic racism is racist in itself. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton’s motion to combat racist training has the support of 30 out of 50 GOP representatives. The proposal would codify an order banning diversity and racial equity training for government employees, essentially codifying the Stop CRT Act, former President Donald Trump’s.
Democratic leader expressed concern
Andy Beshear, a Democratic leader from Kentucky, recently expressed concern at a press conference about a proposed bill involving CRT in his state, “I think once you start legislating what’s in schools.” It can be taught and especially when such decisions are taken by being influenced by politics, it becomes very dangerous for democracy.
The Oklahoma City Board of Education unanimously condemned the bill passed in its state, with one board member describing it as an insult, “I honestly don’t see such laws being particularly effective, putting such laws in the hands of schools.” Not for but brought in the ballot box for political gains.
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