The backlashes to critical race theory leave scars: racism is never funny, even if ignorance is.
Florida bans its schools from teaching critical race theory
On Thursday, Florida’s State Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of an amendment banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools throughout the state. The theory, according to PolitiFact, is a collection of ideas about systemic bias and privilege “woven into” the US legal and economic systems. The move is the latest effort by Republican lawmakers and policymakers to prevent the teaching of the theory across the US, according to CNN.
Q: Does critical race theory instill the belief that all white people are racist?
A: Academics are way too timid to pull off something like that.
Q: Why are conservatives attacking it so aggressively?
A: They have come to view Joe Biden as too nonthreatening of a target.
Q: Is it true that critical race theory opposes empiricism and embraces science as a causal mechanism?
A: You’re thinking of critical realism theory, moron.
TODAY’S FUNNY : The Onion’s Guide To Critical Race Theory … https://t.co/jRbdgVVKJ4
— Philosophy Matters (@PhilosophyMttrs) June 11, 2021
The GOP wants to ban students from reading the 1619 Project, being taught about "Critical race theory" or systemic racism. The only thing they approve students watching to learn about race is the movie "The Birth of a Nation."
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 11, 2021
The meme floated by the RWNJs is simply a rebranding of the ‘reverse discrimination’ trope by a few lawyers who hated that there was ever a Critical Legal Studies movement. It is meant to obscure the trumpist packing of the courts.
Despite their variety, CLS scholars commonly:
- seek to demonstrate the indeterminacy of legal doctrine and show how any given set of legal principles can be used to yield competing or contradictory results;
- undertake historical, socioeconomic and psychological analyses to identify how particular groups and institutions benefit from legal decisions despite the indeterminacy of legal doctrines;
- expose how legal analysis and legal culture mystify outsiders and work to make legal results seem legitimate; and
- elucidate new or previously disfavored social visions and argue for their realization in legal and political practices in part by making them part of legal strategies.
Some critical legal scholars turned to a critique of rights as their primary subject.
Professor of History Seth Cotlar provides historical context in this @guardian article about 15 states' legislative reaction to George Floyd's murder: They're considering laws that ban the teaching of “critical race theory” and more. #WillametteUniversity https://t.co/PyOmVjEU0A
— Willamette University (@willamette_u) May 27, 2021
…another American tradition re-emerged: a reactionary movement bent on reasserting a whitewashed American myth. These reactionary forces have taken aim at efforts to tell an honest version of American history and speak openly about racism by proposing laws in statehouses across the country that would ban the teaching of “critical race theory”, the New York Times’s 1619 Project, and, euphemistically, “divisive concepts”.
The movement is characterized by a childish insistence that children should be taught a false version of the founding of the United States that better resembles a mythic virgin birth than the bloody, painful reality. It would shred the constitution’s first amendment in order to defend the honor of those who drafted its three-fifths clause.
These critical race theory bans assume that fragile whites need government to make all of history their safe space.
— Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) June 11, 2021