What’s the impact of Critical Race Theory?
Reportedly, it was sent to Dana Stangle-Plowe, who — as covered by RedState’s Jeff Charles — resigned this month from D-E over its incorporation of CRT.
Dana had issued a letter of her own.
Firstly, what is Critical Race Theory?
Don surmised as follows:
“That’s the whole thing about what privilege is, is that you — people don’t like to have their pleasure interrupted. Their peace interrupted. And so people think that it should be the way that it should be because they have been taught that in this country.”
Chris asked, “Why wouldn’t (you) want your kid to understand the roots of slavery and the legacy of slavery? How it has played out for enslaved people, as a culture, throughout the years? Why wouldn’t you want that?'”
Gov. Ron DeSantis, on the other hand, has likened the lessons to horse hockey.
And a recent bill aimed at ending CRT in D.C. schools has a different definition than Don or Chris.
Consider the teachings it bans:
One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.
The United States is fundamentally racist or sexist.
An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.
Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex.
An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex.
An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.
Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex.
Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another.
Definition #2 more closely fits the letter addressed to Dana.
In it, the teen admits, “I know many students that are scared to speak out on their opinions in fear. I have reluctantly prohibited myself from saying certain things in class also in fear of sounding politically incorrect. I see the negative effects of this toxic community in my fellow students and faculty every day.”
And he recalls thusly:
“[M]y eighth grade English teacher taught us for the first two weeks about pretty much how awful white men are. For two weeks, I did not speak a single word in her class. My fellow white male classmates left the classroom every time feeling the same way.”
“Later during that year,” the boy notes, “in my history class, my white classmates were constantly using the pronoun ‘we’ when talking about slavery. Eventually, I had to raise my hand and remind them: that ‘we’ were not and are not a part of these despicable acts.”
The student explains, “Most of our parents were refugees from foreign countries, whose ancestors were also oppressed and persecuted.”
This year,” he says, “I have battled with countless generalizing and oppression towards white men. There are girls, whom I am friends with, that genuinely believe that all men are misogynistic. I see movements on social media like #KAM which stands for ‘Kill All Men;’ people don’t realize how strongly that affects boys in an extremely negative way.”
The kid claims it’s difficult to communicate feelings to his girlfriend, who “believes that most white men are oppressive beings.”
He thanks Dana for her web-shared letter of resignation, which also call out CRT: “[M]any many students, including myself, are extremely grateful.”
“I wish I could describe to you the good that you have done,” he continues. “I aspire to be as brave as you some day.”
As for Dana’s letter, she, too, indicated effects of CRT:
“I teach students who approach texts in search of the oppressor. I teach students who see inequities in texts that have nothing to do with power. Students have internalized the message that this is the way we read and think about the world, and as a result, they fixate on power and group identity. This fixation has stunted their ability to observe and engage with the full fabric of human experience in our literature.”
The D-E student is definitely more Team Ron than Don; he even calls to horse manure:
“For lack of a better word, those teachings made me feel like horse s–, like worthless scum undeserving of living.”
The battle continues concerning Critical Race Theory — including, it appears for some students, the battle within.