Conservatives Won’t Rest Until Everyone Stops Teaching Kids ‘Critical Race Theory’
Schools are trying to acknowledge that racism is real. The GOP doesn’t like it.
By Paul Blest, May 3, 2021
https: //www. vice. com/en/article/93yy5d/conservatives-wont-rest-until-everyone-stops-teaching-kids-critical-race-theory
Conservatives are furious that American schools might actively start to teach that systemic racism is a real problem in the U.S., and so far, they’re winning the war to stop that from happening.
Over the past few weeks and months, suburban school districts, Republican state legislatures, and even former President Donald Trump have railed against “critical race theory,” a framework that treats race as a construct that’s been used to exploit people and acknowledges the racism inherent in major U.S. institutions. …
One of former President Donald Trump’s final acts in office was releasing “The 1776 Report,” a response to the New York Times’ 1619 Project which sought to minimize the role early U.S. leaders played in the atrocities of slavery and genocide as part of an effort to maintain America’s religious devotion to the Founding Fathers. Upon taking office, one of President Joe Biden’s first acts was to shutter the commission that authored the report.
“Doing bad history is a really good way to continue to divide people, tell lies about what is true American history, and discredit the power and impact and pain associated with the institution of slavery,” Dr. Lionel Kimble, a vice president of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and an associate professor at Chicago State University, told VICE News in January.