“This [CRT] issue is like something that was created out of thin air by a couple of producers at right-wing media outlets and all of a sudden, now school boards all across the country are dealing with something they did not know was an issue,” NBC News’ Chuck Todd falsely claimed Tuesday.
The opposition to teaching Critical Race Theory in public schools and college campuses is growing. As a result, its proponents – including the mainstream media – are in full-blown panic mode and respond accordingly.
As further evidence, Astead W. Herndon, a national politics reporter from the New York Times’ “woke” newsroom, took to the Twitter machine Wednesday to complain. He said it was “kinda amazing” that “[J]uneteenth is gonna be a federal holiday for reasons teachers won’t be allowed to explain to their students out of fear critical race theory backlash”:
its kinda amazing: juneteenth is gonna be a federal holiday for reasons teachers won't be allowed to explain to their students out of fear critical race theory backlash
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) June 16, 2021
why do we have this day off?????
— Astead (@AsteadWesley) June 16, 2021
This is, of course, not true, as others pointed out:
If nobody knew about slavery before critical race theory, how did Juneteenth start in the first place?
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) June 17, 2021
This is the type of tweet that gets shared a lot and many will use similar logic to support their stance.
But there’s nothing banning the teachings of emancipation.
In fact, the Texas law mandates the history of slavery/white supremacy be taught.
Please don’t fall for this. https://t.co/LGQm0yGz2E
— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) June 16, 2021
Florida law requires students to be taught about "the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society." https://t.co/2ndSfWK5En
But at 43,000 Likes Astead got what he wanted… https://t.co/CGriBcMRW5
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) June 17, 2021
Stopping the teaching of Critical Race Theory does not prevent teachers from talking about slavery, Jim Crow, or Juneteenth… that's just a flat out lie from a very dishonest person https://t.co/yinHgtQ1Yz
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 16, 2021
On Tuesday, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and his colleague Ben Collins smashed hard on the panic button in yet another report from the network on how conservatives had supposedly been whipped up into a manufactured outrage by right-wing “propagandists” into making life harder for school teachers by allegedly opposing the “correct” teaching of U.S. history. Here are excerpts from the transcript:
Todd: You have been at this nexus of sort of online propaganda and how online propaganda is used to create issues out of thin air and frankly, buddy, this issue is like something that was created out of thin air by a couple of producers at right-wing media outlets and all of a sudden, now school boards all across the country are dealing with something they did not know was an issue.
Collins: The good thing is, the Critical Race Theory could mean whatever you want it to mean, so if you get people really riled up in conservative media, you can win those [school board] seats back. It didn’t win back that situation in Maine, but it does win all throughout the country, and it’s having this impact where it’s being saturated nationally and having a downstream effect.
Todd: Well, Ben, I was talking to some school teachers who happen to be in Florida, and who live and work in the state of Florida, and they are a bit confused by the law. Does this mean — can they not teach American history correctly? There’s a real fear among civics teachers that they are going to the front lines, and the Tucker Carlsons of the world will character assassinate them?
As Professor Jacobson noted in his write-up Tuesday, the media used very similar tactics against the Tea Party when it rose to prominence several years ago during the Obama-Biden administration. Paint your opposition as bought and paid for ignorant, racist hicks who want to stand in the way of progress and moving forward, blah blah.
In this case, however, the media has specific villains to point to as the source for all the “disruptions” to the CRT agenda: Tucker Carlson and former President Donald Trump. The media’s allies in Big Tech did their bidding by taking Trump off of Facebook and Twitter – not totally silencing him but nevertheless making it harder for him to get the word out, and now if they could just do something about canceling that guy Carlson, then opposition to CRT will magically evaporate.
Except it won’t.
Carlson, Trump, and other prominent Republicans and conservatives have been megaphones for the message already out there about CRT. As it turns out, there is a rather significant grassroots opposition to brainwashing children into believing that their country is inherently racist, systemic racism is everywhere, all black people are victims, and that some of their classmates have much to atone for simply because they were born white.
It’s a legitimate, well-informed opposition movement composed of parents, students, and educators, and one strong enough to have seen some successes at the local level against CRT. And because of that, they must be tarred and feathered as “racists” because the media and Democrats have no actual persuasive arguments they can use to counter them.
Is Critical Race Theory being proposed for a public school or university in your area? Learn more and become more involved by visiting LIF’s Critical Race Training in Education website here.
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