Don’T Ban CRT. Expose it.

June 18, 2021

Andrew Sullivan nails it. Banning CRT accomplishes nothing except to harden the resolve of its proponents. Far better is to expose its racist nature and shake the woke-bamboozled public out of its delusion that Woke is about anti-racism or social justice. It is not. It is about a cult of self-aggrandizing pseudo-intellectuals using a progressive-sounding dogma to acquire power over their unsuspecting enablers and inspiring many others to stay away from critical discussions about public policy out of fear of being branded as racist, islamophobic, trans-phobic, or bigoted.

There’s a liberal way to fight illiberalism. And it’s beginning to work.

Andrew SullivanJun 18
People hold up signs during a rally against “critical race theory” (CRT) being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021. – “Are you ready to take back our schools?” Republican activist Patti Menders shouted at a rally opposing anti-racism teaching that critics like her say trains white children to see themselves as “oppressors.” “Yes!”, answered in unison the hundreds of demonstrators gathered this weekend near Washington to fight against “critical race theory,” the latest battleground of America’s ongoing culture wars. The term “critical race theory” defines a strand of thought that appeared in American law schools in the late 1970s and which looks at racism as a system, enabled by laws and institutions, rather than at the level of individual prejudices. But critics use it as a catch-all phrase that attacks teachers’ efforts to confront dark episodes in American history, including slavery and segregation, as well as to tackle racist stereotypes. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

There is one thing the defenders of the campaigns to teach CRT in elementary schools and children’s books got right: It is a gift to the alt-right Fox News campaign to paint the entire left as insane, anti-American ideologues.

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