The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the importance of teaching patriotism. We cannot assume that the rising generation will love America, especially if schools are allowed to teach our children that America is evil. Critical race theory is currently being taught in school districts across the United States – except in one district in Texas.
Last week, voters in a suburb of
Dallas rejected critical race theory in a lopsided vote, but this is not the
story being told by NBC News. NBC News reported the following.
On one side, progressives argued that
curriculum and disciplinary changes were needed to make all children feel safe
and welcome in Carroll, a mostly white but quickly diversifying school district….
On the other, conservatives in Southlake rejected the school diversity plan as
an effort to indoctrinate students with a far-left ideology that, according to
some, would institutionalize discrimination against white children and those
with conservative Christian values.
Even though the news reported the
election to be “bitterly divided,” their statement is only partially correct at
best. The election may have been bitter, but it was far from being divided. Jarrett Stepman described the results as follows.
About 70% of the vote went against a whole
slate of candidates – from the mayor’s race to school board and City Council –
who supported a “diversity plan” that pushed critical theory on students and
faculty, and turnout for the election was high. That’s not a “divided”
election; it’s a landslide.
Critical race theory is promoted as
a way to make America less racist. Corporate America, government agencies,
colleges and universities, and K-12 school districts all promote critical race
theory. So, what is critical race theory? Why is it bad?
Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez
at The Heritage Foundation published an excellent paper on critical race
Critical Race Theory (CRT) makes race the
prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life – and do
so with a degree of persistence that has helped CRT impact all of American
CRT underpins identity politics, an
ongoing effort to reimagine the United States as a nation riven by groups, each
with specific claims on victimization.
In entertainment, as well as the education
and workforce sectors of society, CRT is well-established, driving
decision-making according to skin color – not individual value and talent.
According to Stepman, President Joe Biden
sought to portray CRT as “sensitivity training” during his campaign for president.
Stepman explained that CRT teaches “Americans to hate each other, to see fellow
citizens as the ‘other,’ and to give license to discrimination in the name of racial
justice. The core of critical race theory is the 1619 Project and “a critical
element of the ‘great awakening.’”
Critical race theory is bad for any
society that upholds it because it divides the population according to race.
This is why the conservatives in the Texas school district fought against it.
Even though their “victory” is important, it is a minor one. It is important because
it gives a blueprint for other school districts to follow in fighting critical
race theory. One of the new members of Texas school district explained how they
fought the battle.
Hannah Smith explained that they started
last August and “paired up with like-minded parents around the country.” “I was
on conference calls with parents all over America who are fighting the same
thing, so it’s important for people to know that they can band together and
that they can make change.” In addition, they “worked to educate voters about
what critical race theory is and how destructive it would be.” They also used
Freedom of Information Act requests to determine “how extensively those ideas
were being propagated behind closed doors.”
The doctrine of critical race theory
is unpopular because it is wrong. It divides instead of unifies. The Texas
parents did the right thing when they organized to stop it.