Disinformation and gaslighting seem to have worked very well in the November 2 election.
Take the Virginia governor’s race, where the Republican winner, Glenn Youngkin, vowed to ban critical race theory from K-12 education. That is sheer propaganda. I would have expected better from someone who made his fortune by being in lockstep with the real world.
By now, we should know that critical race theory is not taught in our elementary and secondary schools, and that when it is taught it is taught at the graduate school level, and then not to everyone.
Here is the working definition from Education Week: “Critical Race Theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.”
For example, critical race theory might help explain why returning World War II Black soldiers were denied housing benefits contained in the GI Bill.
As someone who has long read about race and race relations, I have navigated my way through some horrible history that … [more]