Years ago, anyone who whispered about a vast, right-wing conspiracy was labeled as a nut, a conspiracy theorist, a wearer of tin-foil hats.

These days the GOP conspires right out there in the open — to illegally seat Supreme Court justices, to vilify trans Americans, to thwart a commission studying Trump’s Insurrection.

And now the conservative jerk squad is collectively focusing its dim sites on critical race theory, which they all agree is an un-American way of thinking though they lack the vocabulary and analytical skills to explain exactly what it is.

Critical race theory has been adopted as the shorthand for the theories behind Black Lives Matter, the 1619 Project, Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd and the racial strife that we’ve been experiencing in the US for the entirety of our history.

But technically it addresses the structural causes — legal, economic and otherwise — that lead to different outcomes between the races in our country. It encompasses slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the schools-to-prison pipeline and other aspects of American life. And it’s a theory in the same way that gravity is a theory: We live under its rules whether we acknowledge it or not.

Bills are making their way through statehouses across the country, with varying degrees of success.

In North Carolina, the House has already passed HB234, entitled Ensuring Dignity and Nondiscrimination/Schools, which was written expressly to address critical race theory by “prohibit[ing] public school units from promoting certain concepts….”

The text of it reads like panacea for white fragility: no hiring diversity trainers who talk about white supremacy, no blame for “actions committed in the past.” And schools are very specifically not allowed to teach “that the United States was created by members of a particular race or sex for the purpose of oppressing members of another race or sex.”

It’s ludicrous, of course, to pass a law like this in a slave state, where Jim Crow flourished and some communities still refuse to tear down their Confederate monuments. But here we are.

It’s been in a Senate rules committee since May 12, and has already passed its first reading.

7 COMMENTS

  1. pass whatever you are smoking….

    CRT is just racist…. stop blaming 5 yr old white kids for the Tulsa massacre 100 yrs ago and everything will be alright

    • From the piece: “Critical race theory has been adopted as the shorthand for the theories behind Black Lives Matter, the 1619 Project, Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd and the racial strife that we’ve been experiencing in the US for the entirety of our history.

      But technically it addresses the structural causes — legal, economic and otherwise — that lead to different outcomes between the races in our country. It encompasses slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the schools-to-prison pipeline and other aspects of American life. And it’s a theory in the same way that gravity is a theory: We live under its rules whether we acknowledge it or not.

      It’s sort of a weighty subject to encapsulate in a 350-word editorial, but you can start by reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

  2. First off… why can’t white people have their history just like black people? There’s a million Martin Luther King Jr Blvd’s out here. But name one of them Robert E. Lee and people will go crazy. OK we get it. What happened was wrong. .

    There was a lot of wrong crap that happened back then. Blacks weren’t the only OR the first slaves. Even Africans owned slaves in their own country. This is so stupid. And I have biracial children. And their father even thinks this is nothing more than just a bunch of RACIST BLACK PEOPLE. If anything, we’re having done to us what black people are screaming they’re having done to them and screaming that they don’t want done to them.

  3. And just wait…… keep erasing history. Keep taking down these monuments wiping it all away. I do believe history will come back to repeat it’s self in certain situations and that might be one of the situations. I hope and pray not. As I said, my children are mixed. I’d be terrified for my family. But it’s true. History has a way of repeating it’s self.

  4. Smh this is so retarded and stupid. What about the Indians what about the Indian’s from India slaved by Britain? It’s sad how people just gotta holler about something or holler that someone owes them something. Idc what color they are…. people always want to holler they are a victim and they’re owed something. Stfu deal with the racist cops accordingly. Stop saying every white cop that preforms his job on some black man or woman is a fkn racist. And just live amongst each other like civilized humans instead of animals. Oh heres a lesson also, did you know that in most male prisons there is a DR ( disciplinary report) I believe in GA it’s a B-11 called a “jack charge”. It was brought into effect due to BLACK MALES who PUBLICLY (example of publicly would be in the chow hall line, in the day room around 30 people, on line for count, walking on the compound. Anywhere and every where in front of anyone and everyone) will just start masturbating especially ON the female officers… that’s GROSS. AND ANIMALISTIC just like this bullsit craziness the world is going thru from black people still hollering about stuff that ain’t got nothing to do with the past 100 years. Guess what yall? Yall aren’t the only ones who get harassed by the police…. check statistics. And white’s aren’t the only ones harassing. And oh yeah I bet if people would STOP COMMITTING CRIMES they wouldn’t have to deal with the police. And if for some reason they still cross paths and something happen’s… then THAT OFFICER should be punished and handled accordingly just like if it were a criminal committing a crime. But jesus, chill out with the stupid a’s’s gangs, stop shooting each other up, stop dealing drugs. Education now days is ALL EQUAL. My husband doesn’t rob, gangbang, sell drugs, or shoot people. He makes good money honestly, and we live just fine. No complaints. Smh god just stfu already

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