Targeting ‘Critical Race Theory’, Republicans Shake American Schools
To recognize that systemic racism continues in America, he said, one need only look at how often more difficult it is for black homebuyers to get mortgages than it is for white people of equal means. “The point of systemic racism is that once it is built into our power structure, it works on its own,” he said in an interview. “You don’t need to wear a KKK cape.”
Still, he acknowledged that Republicans had “figured out how to send this message.”
The message goes back to Mr. Trump, who in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign announced the formation of the 1776 Commission, set up explicitly to tie up what he called “left-wing indoctrination” in schools sometimes violent demonstrations. on police murders.
A commission report has been derided by mainstream historians; Mr Biden canceled the project on his first day in office, but its impact continues on the Right.
Media Matters for America, a liberal group, documented a wave of negative coverage of critical breed theory by Fox News starting in mid-2020 and peaking in April, with 235 mentions. And the Pew Research Center found last year that Americans are deeply divided over their perceptions of racial discrimination. Over 60 percent of Conservatives said it was a bigger problem for people to see discrimination where it doesn’t exist, rather than ignoring discrimination that really does exist. Only 9 percent of the Liberals agreed.
Some Democratic strategists have said the issue is a political responsibility for their party. Ruy Teixeira, longtime political scientist and co-editor of a Substack newsletter titled The Liberal Patriot, recently wrote: “The steady rise of ‘anti-racist’ ideology” in school curricula “will generate a backlash among students. standardized parents ”.
In an interview, he criticized the main Democrats for failing to speak out against critical race theory because of their fear that “it would bring down the wrath of the woker elements of the party.”
In Loudoun County, Virginia, groups of dueling parents go head-to-head. diversification of the region outside of Washington.