Why is there a debate on critical race theory?

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The Critical Race Theory controversy is not about what we teach our children because we have never taught this (and shouldn’t) at the K-12 level.

It is about something much more sinister – an attempt to maintain systemic racism.

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Republicans – much better at handling and messaging than Democrats – turned the CRT debate into what school kids should learn about race. We know across the country that parents are now demanding that teachers ignore our racist pasts, such as slavery, the trail of tears or the Japanese internment camps during WWII.

They don’t want schools to address race issues because, they say, they don’t want their children to feel bad or guilty about their white skin. On this front, they are right. No one should feel bad about the color of their skin, however, in this society not everyone enjoys the same benefit.

At a rally against Critical Race Theory, counter-protesters hold nearby placards on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 outside the State Board of Education in Columbus, Ohio.

But we also need to recognize that by any objective measure, whites still have advantages that people of color can only dream of.

These facts and knowledge are part of the education of our students. The facts are not part of an anti-white crusade.

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The Conservatives want to ignore these facts.

Teaching the Truth exposes how we still grapple with racial issues, raises tough questions about the present, and whether America can be successful as a multiracial democracy in the future.

Distorting or ignoring the story to fit your narrative is just plain shameful. But in this case, some want to twist the narrative to maintain the status quo.

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If educators cannot teach racism and its continuing effects today, then the evils that still plague a large portion of black and brown populations are “their” fault. “They” can’t find a job? It’s their fault because students won’t know that people with black sounding names are less likely to get a job interview than their white counterparts.

If black people have low net worth, it is “their” fault because students will not know that the federal government in fact prohibited black servicemen from obtaining home loans through the GI Bill after WWII. and home equity is the greatest source of wealth in America. .

When black people were lynched, it must have been because they did something wrong, not because they were just darker than the rest, because damn we weren’t taught what happened. pass.

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If you cover up the past, you get the status quo, one that continues to act like an anvil around the shoulders of people of color.

The effort to stop teaching race follows American attitudes closely. It’s true that a majority of Americans believe educators should teach race in schools, including a strong majority of Republicans and Democrats, according to a Monmouth University poll.

But the way you teach race is a problem. While blacks see racism as systemic, whites see racism as behavior-based, according to an NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll. You can hear the voices: see, it’s not “us”; it’s “them” because of “their” bad behavior. And if it’s “them”, there’s no point in talking about race in schools. Once “they” have cleaned up their behavior, the problem will go away.

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This is the end of the game – creating the lie that everything is equal in an unequal world so that a group of people can retain the advantages they already have.

Wake people up.

Ray Marcano is a longtime journalist whose columns appear occasionally in The Dispatch. He can be reached at [email protected]


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