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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:11 PM

10. The real problem is how to respond.

For instance, this paragraph that you cited in the OP:

Critical race theory is an imperfect term for this movement, too narrow and specialized to capture its full complexity. But a new form of racecraft clearly lies close to the heart of the new progressivism, with the somewhat different, somewhat overlapping ideas of figures like Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo enjoying particular influence. And that influence extends into schools and public-education bureaucracies, where Kendi and DiAngelo and their epigones often show up on resources recommended to educators — like the racial-equity reading list sent around in 2019 by one state educational superintendent, for instance, which recommended both DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” and an academic treatise titled “Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education.”

So if one state educational superintendent, for instance recommends DiAngleo and Kendi, then all educations systems across the country are subject to attack as being anti-white (the claim is essentially that the schools are anti-white).

I don't know which state educational superintendent recommended Kendi and DiAngelo; but there's always going to be at least one person somewhere in the US educational system that recommends reading something radical. Of course, when we point out that the charges are based on extremely slim evidence Douthat can claim that we're being technical. And we are. But, any actual evidence is technical. The difficulty is communicating to the general public that republicans are mostly lying and fear-mongering.

Lying and fear-mongering works. We need to figure out how to counteract it.

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