The right wing rampage over critical race theory, or at least what some Republican politicians and pundits think It has been playing out simultaneously in television studios and the public powers, with lawmakers drafting bills to ban schools from teaching about systemic racism and conservative media figures fanning the flames. Fox News, for example, has mentioned critical race theory, the academic movement that positions race and racism as embedded in American institutions, nearly 1,300 times in the last three and a half months, Media Matters reports, with mentions more than double month after month since February. Last week marked a new record for the Fox News obsession, as the network mentioned “critical race theory” 244 times, up from 170 the week before.
As the conservative media helps stoke national panic, opposition to teaching against racism is now having a tangible impact on school systems across the country. At least 165 local and national groups have sprung up seeking to suppress lessons on race and gender, NBC reports, with conservative organizations backed by disgruntled parents, right-wing think tanks, law firms, and Republican political figures. “Groups invade school board meetings, flood districts with time-consuming public records requests, and file federal lawsuits and complaints alleging discrimination against white students,” according to NBC. One such group, the Nevada Family Alliance, has reportedly proposed attaching body cameras to teachers to ensure they are not teaching the demonized theory. At least two angry fathers They have appeared on Fox News to present their case against what they claim is an imminent threat, despite the fact that, as NBC points out, nearly all school districts say they are not teaching critical race theory.
There have been 50 recall efforts aimed at expelling 126 school board members this year; NBC reports that while most of these fights stemmed from COVID-19 restrictions, the five most recent campaigns involved riots over the idea of critical race theory, which has reportedly been a source of “local unrest. “in at least 50 school districts from Washington to Florida. Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis is among the main Republican players embrace such opposition, apparently in the hope that the local movement can motivate conservative voters in next year’s by-elections, as this month he promised to “ensure that there is not a single member of the school board who supports the critical theory of the race”.
While critical race theory is being implemented as a blanket term to describe the racial equity work that U.S. schools are doing, efforts driven in part by the national reckoning on race, is Of course, most people lack a general understanding of what the buzzword means. as Temple University’s Marc Lamont Hill illuminated at BNC:
Some lawmakers who draft bills against you don’t even seem to know what they’re trying to ban. Take Alabama Rep. Chris pringle, a Republican who wants to outlaw the teaching of critical race theory in the state. Alabama Media columnist question Kyle whitmire how would you define the theory, Pringle saying “It basically teaches that certain kids are inherently bad people because of the color of their skin, period,” but could not produce any specific examples of theorists promoting that concept or instances where it was put into practice. “I can assure you, I will have to read a lot more,” he told the reporter. However, the Alabama legislator was certain that the United States “remains the largest country that has ever existed in the history of the world” and “the radical left” is trying to “divide this country on the basis of race and race. class, which is exactly what they do in communist countries. “