These days, Critical Race Theory is all the rage.
I mean that in two ways — it’s a popular topic, and some people are enraged over it.
For an example of passions running high, consider this week’s video of Illinois father of two Ty Smith, speaking his mind on the ideology at a local school board meeting:
Watch this parent absolutely obliterate Critical Race Theory at an Illinois school board meeting:
“How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?” pic.twitter.com/gmCRJaphXt
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 17, 2021
But CRT has many fans; count CNN’s Don Lemon among them.
Don wants opponents to stop making it about them.
On Thursday night, he made that clear.
Speaking with fellow TV host Chris Cuomo, Don surmised the naysayers are showing their privilege:
“That’s the whole thing about what privilege is, is that you — people don’t like to have their pleasure interrupted. Their peace interrupted. And so people think that it should be the way that it should be because they have been taught that in this country.”
CNN’s @donlemon on parents upset about Critical Race Theory creeping into curriculums: “That’s the whole thing about what privilege is. It’s that you — people don’t like to have their pleasure interrupted. Their peace interrupted … stop making it about you” pic.twitter.com/G1ioRhCuyo
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 18, 2021
It seems Don believes Critical Race Theory’s about the history of slavery:
“[H]aving people come to the realization — especially ancestors of slaves — that they were enslaved, and that they were beaten and that they were sold, that they weren’t able to accrue wealth, that they weren’t able to go to school, they weren’t able to go vote, you think that makes them feel good?”
His is quite a different take than those condemning the teaching.
For criticism from the anti-CRT side, consider Republican Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman’s recent proposal to prohibit it in Washington D.C. schools.
These are academic ideas the Ending Critical Race Theory in D.C. Public Schools Act would ban:
One race or sex is
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