Left-wing outlets insist it to no end. Whether in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Slate, The Atlantic, and just recently The New York Times, in voicing concerns over critical race theory, conservatives are rubes igniting a bogus culture war. It isn’t what the racist Trumpers think it is, the left and its allies offer. The racists are just clutching their privilege.
Take this piece by Charles M. Blow, an opinion columnist at the Times. According to Blow, “Critical race theory is the political right’s new boogeyman” that makes white people uncomfortable but “doesn’t diagnose the country as evil, even though it is beyond dispute that some evil people designed the architecture of racial oppression in this country and that there are still some who help maintain it.”
If you found these statements contradictory, you are not alone. And you are sane.
Blow’s “boogeyman” theory completely dismisses the reality that CRT is invading schools across the nation and that parents are justified in desiring a say in their kids’ curricula. Also included here is insisting CRT does not preach systemic racism (false) and that the United States is rotten to the core because of an institutional superstructure (also false).
Blow’s claim is a great representation of how legacy media frames the critical race theory debate. In such articles, left-leaning writers often generalize about ubiquitous oppression, all while rebuking and minimizing Americans who are skeptical of a doctrine that actually asserts all white people are inherently racist.
In the aforementioned New Yorker article, this is on full display. “Republicans on the national level have been a little low on talking points and shock material,” writes contributor Benjamin Wallace-Wells. “The debate isn’t about history, exactly. It is about the possibility of blamelessness.”
“When your priority is to preserve a particular mythology — the United States as a land of equal opportunity — the push to take a critical view of the United States’ racial history becomes a threat,” Christine Emba writes in The Post. “Thus has emerged the conservative obsession with critical race theory (CRT), a mode of pushback that has taken on
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