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 theory.
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 life.
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.