Yet another diatribe against critical race theory. William Bugg’s May 28 rant (Critical of critical race theory) — an echolalic repetition of right-wing talking points — is what concerns and, yes, even scares me.

His words ooze with hypocrisy and ignorance, aiming to delegitimize a tool that can lead us to a clearer, fuller and more honest understanding of our nation’s history and how it has developed over the past 400-plus years.

Critical race theory is not a weapon wielded by imagined armies of socialists intent on anarchy. Bugg’s assertions are pure poppycock. As a tool, or process, critical race theory might be invoked by those who use it as a flimsy façade for distorted motives, which is exactly what Bugg and his ilk are doing. For illustrative examples of this point, consider how two of the most respected teaching tools — the Bible and the U.S. Constitution — have been applied over their existence. For good and for bad.

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gjthuro

Mark, you either have NOT studied CRT or you are hiding from the truth

public-redux

Jersy, you either have not read up on CRT or you are dissembling.

olefool

Blueline: Ad hominin's are a loser's way of acknowledging defeat, not smart. Maybe you should widen your horizon's by dumping those right wing fake "news" echo chambers, Fox, Newsmax, OAN, to name a few. They're not actually reporting factual news, just their skewed perceptions of factual news. It's amazing how many rational people are snookered by them, go figure.

Blueline

The problem is the perspective. History should be based upon facts. The problem with CRT & the 1619 Project is that they are someone's perception of history.

Awteam2021

Slavery was a fact. Reconstruction was a fact. Jim Crow was a fact. Segregation was a fact. (From where you could eat, sleep, walk, vote ...). Redlining was fact. The justice department was formed to enforce Reconstruction and ex-slaves’ civil rights is a fact.. Lynching was a fact. Interracial marriage was illegal was a fact. The civil rights movement was a fact. Systemic racism is a fact, the list goes on. How do you perceive that, Blueline?

Blueline

Aw - where did you learn that - in school? Some say that schools don't teach that history, they're hidden facts that no one knows about . Did you learn the the Colonists fought the Revolution to preserve slavery? How about that Abraham Lincoln was a racist, or that white peoples' wealth today is derived from slavery? Do you consider those "facts" which should be taught in schools? Proponents of CRT & 1619 do. Actually, I don't think they really believe it themselves, it's just a way to make money selling books & on the university lecture circuit.

Awteam2021

Here’s the 1619 project. Please point me to what you’re talking about. https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf

Awteam2021

Point out any school district in the country that is teaching “Colonists fought the Revolution to preserve slavery? How about that Abraham Lincoln was a racist, or that white peoples' wealth today is derived from slavery.” You won’t find one. Also that’s not what “critical race theory” about. It explores systemic institutional racism. Not whether Abraham Lincoln was a racist or not. Who cares? He freed the slaves. 🤷‍♂️

phydeaux994

Like all of the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans), blueline gets confused by the facts, or anything else resembling TRUTH.

Blueline

Phydeaux, one fact that is indisputable is that you are a real jamoke.

gjthuro

Systemic racism is NO LONGER a fact and you are only kidding yourself if you believe it is ...up to that point you were doing OK....

olefool

gjrhuro: That's like saying we used to be humans but because you don't agree with, or like that we no longer exist.... Facts are perpetual, Now facts can be at issue, but the fact is they remain facts.

olefool

And I would posit that about.80 million people here don't believe that racism is no longer factual...

public-redux

Jersy, Approximately when did systemic racism cease to be a fact, in your reckoning?

threecents

This "critical race theory" nonsense reminds me of the racial science so popular in Nazi Germany. How can it not?

public-redux

FWIW, the official Nazi view was creationist. God created various races at various times — subsequent creations were improvements over earlier ones — and “Aryans” happened to be God’s last and best creation. The “science” of Nazi racism was firmly grounded in religious dogma. There was nothing scientific about it. It was literally “creation science”.

veritas

And there's nothing scientific about critical race THEORY, which is has evolved from a crackpot supposition into a crackpot movement every bit as wrongheaded and dangerous as the example cited.

public-redux

Did someone suggest CRT was scientific? I know I didn't. It does seem to involve a lot of faith.

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