Local elections in a Dallas suburb became a battleground over a far-reaching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program for public schools.
Woke and CRT are gold for the Republicans. It allows Republicans now to charge Democrats with supporting neo-racism. Wokism is the ideology of the hate "squad." The problem of course is racism is real. Simply look at the standardized test scores, American black students consistently score way below American white students. So woke and CRT and all this baloney is really just a way to avoid the real problem: How do we encourage American black families to embrace education the way educated American white families do? This woke CRT Neo-racism will hold American black children back for at least another generation. Taking algebra and calculus out of public schools will only hurt the children whose parents cannot afford to pay for private math schooling. Though I am pleased that CRT will help Republicans politically, I am deeply sad by what it will do to my American black students. MLK was a Republican for good cause, he was an intellectual conservative.
Sounds like Sanzi is ready to do battle, along with a fair amount of reclaiming the native soil where the grassroots have been planted. While we're on the subject of roots...
Just trying to provide some additional information in the same spirit of free inquiry as Persuasion. Make of it what you will.
In one of America's greatest unread books: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community Martin Luther King writes:
"... the masters felt that they had to implant in the bondsman a consciousness of
personal inferiority. This sense of inferiority was deliberately extended to his past. The slave owners were convinced that in order to control the Negroes, the slaves “had to feel that African ancestry tainted them, that their color was a badge of degradation.” (p 40)
Further on he writes that "Black Power," which could just as easily be applied to BLM, contains within it "the seeds of its own destruction."
The point MLK is making is that grasping power without love of one's self and one's community, without earning power through the personal pride of genuine accomplishment, (which does really exist!) is no power at all. To gain one's own power, one must reject the degradation of the slave owner. CRT on the other hand, accepts the degradation of the slave owner and begins with the presumption that African American inability is irreparable as a consequence of in our racist exploitative capitalist world and proceeds from there to claim therefore there is nothing wrong with the abuse of power, destruction of education, without ability. CRT has become power with hate and vengeance and a continuation of African American self degradation. Had BLT been Black Lives Matter Too it would have succeeded. It would have been based on love of one's self within one's community. But the seeds of its destruction are contained in it by its presumption that only Black Lives Matter.
Still, Critical Race Theory has its good points too, it comes from Critical Theory which combined Freud and Marx: our culture does have pathological crippling racist attitudes to which many of us are blind. It is essentially the psycho-analysis of our culture, but CRT is also itself rooted in paranoia, based on the unshakable obsession that all whites are racist and all the ills of African American life are caused by White racism. "They are out to get me and they are everywhere!" That is the undercurrent of CRT. And That is a pathology of unmitigated suspicion, unhinged from reality.
I’d be curious to hear the author’s thoughts on what the terms “woke” and “CRT” actually mean, and if she could point to ways in which CRT is being used to indoctrinate public schools. And I’d be REALLY interested to hear the Persuasion editors and Yascha define these terms. I just read this piece and I really think everyone who works on this publication should read it, internalize it, and address the issues it raises:
Wow, so the lady who calls herself a grassroots activists and thinks children have just started being indoctrinated in schools because of DEI (it may shock you but that was happening before they made a concerted effort to get kids to stop chanting the N word at parties) is actually getting millions of dollars in funding from the Koch brothers and other billionaires? I knew the author was full of shit pretty much immediately, but not to this extent. Can someone from Persuasion address why they published this partisan fraud and parroted her “grassroots” lie?