MSNBC host Joy Reid laughed and mocked parents this week who claimed they are not “racist” for opposing critical race theory (CRT) being taught in schools.
During a segment on her show Tuesday night, Reid began noting how lawmakers and schools across the country have come out against teaching children about CRT, the controversial 1619 Project, and other “woke” ideas.
Reid noted how some parents “aren’t too pleased” by the new curriculum and played a clip of one Missouri parent expressing her opposition to CRT at a town hall.
Reid said that thanks to the “1619 Project,” a controversial initiative to teach history in a way that centers around slavery and teaches that 1619 was the true founding of the United States, “we’ve seen a growing movement to reframe how American history is taught in public schools.”
“Well, some parents are opposed to critical race theory as new curriculum aren’t too pleased,” Reid continued.
She then played a clip of an emotional parent criticizing critical race theory being taught to her children in school.
“Just because I do not want critical race theory taught to my children in school does not mean that I’m a racist, damn it,” the parent said.
“It actually does,” Reid said, laughing. “It’s just another example of Republicans turning kids into a wedge issue, just like their politically motivated attacks on transgender youth who just want to play sports.”
Reid went on to say that Republicans only opposed biological boys competing in girls’ sports because they are hateful and racist.
Cornell University law professor William Jacobson. published a column about exposing the “outbreaks” of CRT at colleges and universities.
“Our main concern,” says Jacobson, “is not with the study or teaching of the subject, but how campuses implicitly and explicitly force students to adopt this ideology through mandated coursework, activism, other requirements, and the campus culture.”
Jacobson continues, “Using the misleading verbiage ‘anti-racism,’ students, faculty, and staff are subjected to training and mandated study of how to dismantle the allegedly systemically racist system. There is no opting out and there is no right to be left alone. In the terms of campus activists, ‘silence is violence,’ so being silent is alleged to be an act of violence.”
The National Review also published a piece recently excoriating CRT:
A new orthodoxy has taken over our educational institutions with frightening speed. People who likely never heard the phrase “critical race theory” (CRT) before this summer are now getting emails from their children’s schools about “Decentering Whiteness at Home.” They are discovering that their children’s elementary-school teacher has read them “a book about whiteness” that teaches them how much “color matters” and encourages them to confront “the painful truth” about their “own family” — i.e., that they are being raised by racists. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.