We recently saw poor, unhappy souls take to social media using the hashtag #CriticalRaceTheory to support a proposal to ban the academic truth-seeking movement in their states, flooding our feeds with a lot of puzzling: “It doesn’t there is not a racist bone in my body ”Energy. However, angry parents who would rather their children consume totally inaccurate history lessons rather than learn empathy are not the only ones denouncing this ban that 12 states are currently considering. The folks on the right side of this debate thrive on TikTok, and they use the (real) story to do it.
Republican lawmakers against teaching children critical race theory, or the practice of questioning the role of race and racism in our society, are spreading their baseless and offensive views like wildfire. Unfortunately, they also legislate those parts of our education systems that encourage critical thinking in an attempt to whitewash history. That’s why in Texas and a handful of other states, including Tennessee, Arizona, and Idaho, the intersection of truth and empathy is in jeopardy.
The ban – a politician’s equivalent of sticking his fingers in his ears and chanting “La, la, la, I can’t hear you” – started with a bill in Idaho, when Republican Gov. Brad Little signed a bill that bans educators from teaching CRT. Rhode Island introduced a bill that would restrict almost any discussion of race in schools. People who are against the concept argue that the CRT is inherently racist because it makes people more aware of the very real parts of our history that have been sugar coated and watered down to the point where textbooks claim that not all slaves were not unhappy. Now, CRTs may be banned in other states, including Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Arizona.
Fortunately, on TikTok, people have used video clips of town halls where each Karen is screaming their best, and paired them with their own rebuttals. And these compilations are fire.
One of those TikToker makes a very astute comparison: “They didn’t want their white kids to go to school with black kids,” user @mrferroni says while showing pictures of white people protesting against integration in the age of civil rights. want white kids to learn black history, ”the video says, dropping the mic. One wonders if these racist deniers are aware of the similarities.
“Just because I don’t want critical race theory taught to my kids at school doesn’t mean I’m racist,” says an anonymous woman in the clip for user @ the_savage_lokius. And after the clip, it lists some of America’s greatest hits, including the fact that teaching programs of manifest destiny barely mention “the millions of natives wiped out in the process,” how the history books romanticize the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and a enslaved miner. (Sally Hemings), and other facts you’d think a parent would want their kids to know because they’re real and might actually help shape a more responsible, aware, and compassionate future for them.
This hot education-flavored mess that is occurring with the laws of the land is proof that the systems behind critical race theory exist. These lawmakers are essentially teaching us a lesson on how white supremacy affects our country in real time. If politicians spent so much time trying to solve problems within their communities rather than avoiding the ounce of empathy for someone else they might have, the world – or at least, this country – would do better.