In recent months, the battle over Critical Race Theory taught in schools has raged. Parents have spoken out and protested at school board meetings, while states have moved to ban its inclusion in curricula across the country.
As the Conservatives gained more and more ground, many would say unexpectedly, the narrative began to change. Proponents of the CRT began to criticize publicly, claiming that they were not trying to teach their racist ideology in schools in the first place. In essence, his way of driving back CRT opponents was to insist that there was no real problem to fight. Joy Reid has spent nearly every night of her low-rated MSNBC show pushing that angle, for example.
Yet a move by the NEA, the nation’s largest teachers union, just gave away the entire game.
BREAKING UP: The nation’s largest teachers union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts.
The argument that “critical race theory is not in K-12 schools” is officially dead. pic.twitter.com/BMRDoAK0sA
– Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 3, 2021
Everything in the battle plan above is Critical Race Theory or some kind of racial essentialism. As Rufo puts it, this puts an end to the false notion that CRT advocates do not intend to impose their ideology on students. All claims to the contrary over the past few months were simply misdirection in an attempt to stop the assault.
In fact, I wrote about that very idea last month, pointing out that those on the left were losing the war for CRT and that their next tactic would be to try to get the right to disconnect by pretending that CRT was not a threat. This is why the left has been so enraged lately by this issue. For once, the Conservatives made the jump to them, and they just aren’t used to it. Now, the defenders of the CRT are regrouping and, together with the far-left teachers’ unions, are preparing their counterattack.
This indicates every move made at the state level to combat this. Some on the right insisted that the actions taken by governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida were authoritarian and unnecessary. After all, CRT was not yet taught in schools, they claimed. However, any veteran of the culture wars can tell you that once CRT enters the schools, there will be no way out. Acting preventively to nullify this racist and illiberal ideology so that it does not infect the curricula was the right decision. This is how you win these battles. Instead, lose out by sitting back and waiting for CRT to become so ubiquitous that it can’t be delayed anymore.
That means that the fight continues for the right. Parents must keep up the pressure at the local level, and Republican politicians must also continue to use the tools at their disposal. The defenders of the CRT are going to contribute whatever resources they have to bear, including the biased and far-left media. Conservatives must leave no stone unturned if they are to be successful in the end.