The truth is a difficult pill to swallow but necessary for development as an adult. If you acquired over $3000 in credit card debt due to lax spending, it would be important that you resolve that before it grows further out of hand. America has a problem with systemic racism, this is evidence by this country founded upon the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of African people and the lasting ramifications because of those occurrences.
While it is an ugly truth to face, there is hope to rectify this with teaching people about the American experience through the eyes of black and brown citizens. Critical Race Theory (CRT) focuses the discussion on the social construct of race, the implication that racism has on laws and structure of society, and the inequality in education specifically for black and brown students who are forced to learn about a white dominated narrative of “who they are“. With that last note in the foreground of your mind, here’s what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had to say about the usage of CRT in schools:
Gov. DeSantis had major support from other Republicans, like North Carolina Congressional member Madison Cawthorn…
…and some more input from Fox News journalist Laura Ingraham
So let’s unpack what CRT actually is attempting: to establish equity within this country. Race is an artificial social construct. Racism, therefore, is a consequence of racial constructs within our society. Inside the minds of certain people of this country, teaching that racism has affected our country in different sectors of establishment and law is considered Anti-American rhetoric and should be banned all together like in the aforementioned Florida and now the state of Iowa as well.
Critical Race Theory is not Anti-American. CRT does not have any chapters on the best ways to go about hating the country and spreading ire to the next generation of citizens.
I challenge anyone to look at what our country has done to marginalized groups in its history and tell me that it does not have racism as its foundational level. Plessy v. Ferguson is a classic example in American education. The subsequent Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka and the integration of public schools which saw protests (riots) and anger so severe that the President Kennedy ordered the United States Marshalls had to escort six-year-old Ruby Bridges to school in 1960. Some may argue that the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1964 (my father was born in ’62 as a reference) was a step in the right direction for the country. If so why did it take 181 years (the Constitution was fully ratified in 1783) to show that all citizens matter and have it added to our laws of the land? We need CRT to remind us that yes our past is ugly, but this is how we intend to make it better.
If these words are too few for you, I suggest you read this instead.
Take Care and Be Well!