Representative Byron Donalds Talks to NBC’s Meet the Press Panel on Critical Race Theory: “This is not true at all”

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the topic of Critical Race Theory in Schools.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a serious political topic in 2021 as parents continue to appear at school board meetings to criticize its teaching to their children. Across the country, several states have since taken steps to remove CRT or subjects adjacent to CRT from classrooms.


Host Chuck Todd opened the segment appearing to criticize the laws, suggesting they would prevent Oklahoma teachers from teaching “why” the Tulsa Massacre happened.

New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb agreed with this sentiment.

“It is only through the diligent work of historians that we even know that the public even has access to this information, much less that there was an epidemic of tides of this kind of racial violence in the period following the First World War in the 1920s. It was not a rare occurrence. We don’t know it and we don’t teach it and we don’t talk about it. And so what the practical effect of these laws is that the people will not be able to understand and not be able to appreciate exactly how these problems arose and will therefore be ill-equipped to deal with them or prevent them from happening again in the future, ”Cobb explained.

Donalds objected to this assumption, saying that while it was right that history should be taught, the issue of concern is the introduction of a racial lens to children.

“The main thing we all agree on is that history should be taught. Objective history should be taught at all times,” Donalds said.

“The problem with Critical Race Theory is that it is a subjective view of American history and American law using race as the focal point. And when you bring subjectivity into the classroom is what annoys parents. This is what unfortunately leads to children being divided into certain class segments based on race. This has happened in some schools in our country, not all of them, but when something like that happens, it’s when parents step in and oppose it, ”Donalds explained.

Cobb replied, “I happen to be a historian, and historians don’t really believe there is objective history. What we do is recognize that we have a perspective that we are all subjective. What we are trying to do is despite these subjectivities, we must follow what the evidence suggests most rigorously. “

“There is no teaching of critical race theory in our schools,” he added.

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An equal mix of supporters and opponents of teaching Critical Race Theory is present as Placentia Yorba Linda School Board in Orange County, Calif., Discusses a proposed resolution to ban its teaching in schools.
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“That’s not true at all,” Donalds retorted. “The first thing that happened with CRT ending up in classrooms was not an actual course. It is through the seminar on diversity, equity and inclusion that teachers follow. It is through what is happening in the classroom material, in the textbook material, in the library material. And all of these things actually bring a subjective view not of our history, but this topic is presented to children today, how they see themselves, how they see themselves. This is something that we have to be very, very careful about. That’s what parents are very, very careful of. “

Brenda Sheridan, who is a member of the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia, also said, “We don’t teach critical race theory,” but added that they “teach students about their biases.”

“It’s not in our curriculum, because it would be inappropriate. This is college level theory, and it would be inappropriate if a fifth grader did that and learned that in school,” Sheridan said. “And this has been manipulated to replace what are really equity initiatives and teach students their biases and teachers their biases. And this is what leads to the disproportion of discipline and to students being treated differently simply on the basis of from their skin color or maybe from poverty. “


Loudoun County has come under intense scrutiny over the past year after several scandals erupted at schools in Virginia.

“What we really teach students is compassion and empathy for the experiences of other students. It can’t be objective. We experience it subjectively,” Sheridan said.

“My point is that parents come to school boards all over the country, whether it’s a red state or a blue state or a red district or a blue district,” Donalds concluded. “They are rightfully concerned that their children are not only learning history, but that they are learning the biases that they may or may not have based on their skin color. today they should look against each other and see each other as equals in understanding our history. I think that’s what everyone wants. ”

Florida was also one of several states that introduced legislation to make it illegal to teach CRT in classrooms.


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