I feel like we’re all on a rapidly moving boat down some river. In front of us, I can see that there is a major drop off , a falls of sort. The sound of the water hitting the rocks below is deafening. Spray and mist are everywhere. It seems that there’s no alternative but to go over the falls. And yet, I know that we, as citizens of this planet can avoid this terrible tumble. It is easy for me to get into that head when I look at the direction Republicans want to take us to. Biden is trying to make government work for the good of the people, where by McConnell and company only want to benefit very rich corporations . (I will concede that many Republicans voted for the Interstructure Package, but this is mostly because it was getting hard for them to keep turning their backs on how popular these bills are with a majority of the people.)
One of the most ominous directions that Republicans are taking us is their push to ban from public school the teaching of Critical Race Theory. This controversy is a pure fabrication of the Republican Party. It was started by Christopher Rufo, a guest on Tucker’s show and then lead to his visit to the former President at the White House. Neither he nor Trump know a twit about the subject-it just seemed like a good opportunity to stir up their followers even more.
A quick word about Critical Race Theory should be mentioned here. There’s a lot to unpack about it. It is a rich an complicated constellation of ideas. Most people, especially the former President and Christopher Rufo seem to know nothing and have twisted it to use to their own advantage,specifically to rile their base. Wickipedia sums up what it is in the following way: Critical race theory (CRT) is a body of legal scholarship and an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the intersection of race and U.S. law and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice. CRT examines social, cultural, and legal issues primarily as they relate to race and racism in the United States.
If I am understanding Anti-CRT correctly, there’s a large concern that teaching this subject is designed to make white children feel bad about themselves and hold them responsible for things that have happened in the past. I support parents wish to help their children maintain a healthly self esteem. But this movement is utterly going in the wrong direction in thinking that suppressing the history of all People of Color (POC) will protect their children from a poor self image.
First of all, things that have happened in the past are not the responsibility of young people who weren’t even around when offenses against people of color were committed. Albert Einstein said it all eloquently in the following statement: If the majority knew of the root of this evil, then the road to its cure would not be long.
Knowledge gives us power-great power to change individually and as a people. However, Anti-CRT people either don’t want to look at how POC where treated for the past several hundred years or they don’t believe it was that bad. Frankly, not sure which one it is. I’m just wondering for you, if you were raising your kids in this society, would you like to skip over the history of how POC have been treated over the centuries? How would you explain the Civil War and the reasons that it was fought? It would be an impossible task without mentioning that it was legal at one point in our history for one group of people to own and control the lives of another group. The hole that would be missing in your children’s knowledge would be so vast that it staggers my imagination. The very real and sad fact is that the history of society’s treatment of POC is and will always remain an utterly abhorrent part of US history. I keep looking back at the wisdom of Albert Einstein on the subject. ‘…….then the road to its cure would not be long.”
Durham could expect a controversy to erupt over CRT. Probably at a Board of Education meeting or even thru Town Times letters. Both Guilford and Killingworth have had a brush with this, already. My hope is that the BOE will take these comments in stride and support the concept of teaching unobscured facts, allowing students to get an unobstructed view of past history.