What is Critical Race Theory?
The liberal American Bar Association insists CRT “critiques how the social construction of race and institutional racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers.”
But a prominent New York progressive education official recently acknowledged that the radical dogma and its “anti-racist” offshoots end up “demonizing white people for being born,” according to National Review.
Critical Race Theory is pitched as a clear-headed examination of race and racism, but it is incredibly divisive and it is pitting people against each other — often in the name of political power.
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — As the Biden administration attempts to force the racist dogma of Critical Race Theory through educational grants, the question is: Will Wisconsin’s version of Joe Biden try to push the controversial curriculum in Badger State schools?
State law takes such curriculum decisions out of the hands of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and gives control to local school boards.
That said, many Wisconsin school districts led by Woke educrats haven’t required much convincing to pursue controversial, far left education agendas.
“Because we have so many school administrators and school boards that lean left, when the governor or DPI push model curriculum …. they often cave in to those suggestions,” said Mike Mikalsen, legislative aid for state Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater). Nass has long been an outspoken critic of what Mikalsen calls radical indoctrination in Wisconsin’s schools.
Biden’s Department of Education recently released its proposed new rule giving priority to “grant projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives.” What does all that mean? It means DOE will give grants for American History and Civics Education programs that emphasize the controversial curriculum. Stanley Kurtz writing in National Review, says federal educrats are pushing the “most radical forms of Critical Race Theory,” including the New York Times’ 1619 Project “and the so-called anti-racism of Ibram X. Kendi. (Kendi’s “anti-racism” — which advocates a massive and indefinite expansion of reverse discrimination — is more like neo-racism.)”
“The programs immediately targeted by Biden’s new priority criteria for American history and civics grants are small,” Kurtz wrote. “Once in place, however, those criteria will undoubtedly influence the much larger and vastly more dangerous ‘Civics Secures Democracy Act.’ That bill would appropriate $1 billion a year, for six years, for history and civic education. Support for leftist “action civics” is already written into the priority criteria of the bill itself.”
Legal, legislative and education officials assure curriculum decisions will remain a matter of local control.
“The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not have the authority under state law to require school districts to use specific curriculum,” said DPI spokesman Chris Bucher.
A lot of schools districts, however, have adopted Critical Race Theory elements in their mix of “equity-based” or “culturally responsive teaching practices.”
As Empower Wisconsin has reported, schools have assigned students middle-school-aged students books such as, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You.” The book is co-authored by Neo-Marxist Ibram X. Kendi, peddler of “critical race theory” ideology which sees “white supremacy” behind every social injustice and promotes “anti-racism” through actual racism. Simply put, it indulges in widespread discrimination against white people or those of Asian ancestry as a kind of social justice reparation.
Among Kendi’s teachings, “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
‘It’s a fight’
The leftist influences, to borrow a catchword from the race politics agenda, is systemic.
As Joy Pullmann of The Federalist reports, The College Board has changed its U.S. and European history Advanced Placement curriculum, which more than 800,000 American high school students take each year.
Many K-12 school systems engineer their curricula to build up to AP classes in high school, Pullmann notes. Thus, although it is a private institution, College Board is highly influential in determining what American children learn.
“Its curriculum revamp a few years ago more deeply reflected academia’s anti-Western, anti-American bias,” Pullmann wrote. It made Founders like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison disappear from history.
The Obama era saw a wave of federal funding for educator training on topics such as “white privilege” and “systemic racism.” White people who buy into the “centuries of oppression” premise (despite their privilege) are considered “White Allies.” Those that don’t are labeled white supremacists.
The community of Burlington has been ripped apart by such rhetoric. In November, Black Lives Matter protesters shut down a school board meeting in which board members heard comments about incorporating BLM and “anti-racism” lessons into the curriculum. Earlier this month, opponents of the pandemonium won seats against Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism-backed school board candidates.
Other districts have been consumed by far left representation.
“It’s a fight,” Mikalsen said. “The critical piece we see in this indoctrination in our public schools is Critical Race Theory. It’s an agenda.”
The legislative aide added that virtual learning over the past year has opened up parents’ eyes to just how far left their children’s education has turned, as they found themselves working remotely and more closely monitoring the online classes.