Critical Race Theory and many other racially motivated school teachings are at the forefront of conversations about the future of education in the United States, and it should be.
Jen Psaki was asked, “Now that the education department admits they made a mistake in their guide to reopening by.” Psaki interrupts, saying, “How so?” The reporter responds, “well, they added teachings from the abolitionist teaching network, and they came out and said that wasn’t supposed to be in there, uh, is the administration going to follow up with school districts to make sure the Abolitionist Teaching Network teaching material is not in lesson plans?” Psaki responded, “Well, to be clear for the context because I know you love the context of what you’re asking about here, what you’re referring to is a citation, in a report, of which there were thousands of citations. I’m quite impressed with your researchers for finding one in a thousand citations. It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation. The specific site does not endorse, we do not recommend and does not represent the administration’s view, uh, and we don’t endorse the recommendations of this group. I believe it’s been removed or is in the process of being removed.” The reporter responded, “But we are close to schools re-opening, are there any concerns that if you don’t endorse this material that was in there, citation or not, uh, that it’s in lesson plans.”
Psaki responded and said, “Well, first, I would say that as we’ve said many times before, we don’t dictate or recommend specific curriculum decisions from the federal government. That is and will continue to be handled at the local level, and we believe that the American people trust teachers to make those decisions, not the government.”
But the question remains, why were the citation and material included in the first place if the federal government doesn’t recommend teaching material.
Teaching children to look at skin color before other social factors is ridiculous and will be the downfall of our country. Critical Race Theory teaches that racism is the real beginning of the United States, and policy and law have been dictated by racial prejudice. While some states have struggled, and been forced, to create laws allowing everyone to be equal, it was White, Black, Brown, etc. Americans who came together and fought for the rights of all citizens.
Black Americans haven’t always been treated equally in voting, education, employment, and the justice system. Everyone knows this, acknowledges this, and treats everyone fairly by learning from history. If you want natural history, Black Americans were allowed to vote before women were, and the same goes for owning land. I don’t see a “Critical Feminist Theory” being taught in schools, and neither do you.
Black Americans have thrived for decades in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. Spoke about prospering in this country as a Black man and everyone being treated not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Critical Race Theory inevitably goes against everything Martin Luther King Jr.
Morgan Freeman interviewed on 60 Minutes in more modern times, and when asked about Black History Month, he said “Ridiculous.” When asked why, Freeman responded, “You’re going to relegate my history to a month? What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Well, come on, tell me.” The reporter uncomfortably responded, “I’m Jewish.” Freeman wittily said, “Okay, which month is Jewish History Month?” The reporter responded, “There isn’t one.” Freeman went on to say, “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black History is American History.” The reporter said, “How are we going to get rid of racism?” and Freeman responded, “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a White man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a Black man. I know you as Mike Wallace, and you know me as Morgan Freeman.”
The idea that separate but equal is preposterous. It is never equal. Equal is equal. And until we can teach our children that they are good enough to accomplish anything they want to and nobody is holding them back, regardless of their skin color, we can thrive as a nation and society. There’s a reason why people are okay with Black-only graduations and Black-only dorms in colleges. It’s because they’re taught that it’s okay to be segregated from society and thrive. But you will never succeed in a society that allows segregation to take place. Americans fought hard against segregation, and when it was granted, they fought even more complex for its acceptance. That isn’t Black history. That’s American history. And when a society doesn’t learn from its history, it’s doomed to repeat itself.