Instead of Banning the Teaching of “Critical Race Theory,” Legalize School Choice – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Glenn Youngkin was recently elected governor of Virginia in part because he promised to ban the teaching of CRT.
CRT stands for Critical Race Theory, which holds that every American institution stands for white supremacy.
Prior to Youngkin’s upset victory, the media mocked him for complaining about the CRT.
NBC’s Nicolle Wallace said it’s not even taught in public schools. “It’s like we ban ghosts!” she laughed.
She is wrong.
In my new video, journalist Asra Nomani reveals some rather chilling CRT lessons that are taught in many schools.
Nomani filed Freedom of Information Act requests that forced school districts to reveal how they paid consultants to disseminate critical race theory.
“We found over 300 contracts,” says Nomani. “Every day I get a new contract. For them, denying it is part of their campaign.
CNN guest, history professor Keziah Ridgeway, admits that the CRT influences the way some teachers teach. “That’s a good thing, isn’t it?” ” she says. “Because race and racism are literally the building blocks of this country.”
Oh good? The building block?
America has a long and bad history of racism. A certain racism persists. But this is not the “building block”.
“They want to look at all of society through race issues,” Nomani complains. It is “propaganda that claims our children”.
“Claim the children? I push back. “It’s exaggerated.”
She brought out some of the children’s books that are now part of the curriculum in some schools.
“Woke Baby” teaches children to be “a good revolutionary”.
“A Is for Activist” reads like a union organizing manual. “M is for ‘Megaphones Marching.’ … Hooray! It must be May Day!”
“Not My Idea” calls “whiteness” a pact with the devil. It depicts a white person with a pointed tail and goat’s hooves and tells children that they are selling their souls because “whiteness” gives them “stolen land” and “stolen riches”.
Author, Anastasia Higginbotham, said: “I made a book for white children that encourages them to connect with their grief about racism.”
Nomani says, “Imagine if a black child received a book that said ‘blackness is bad business?’ … Shame is used as a lever of control over people. This should not be done with children.
“America has a history of racism,” I say.
“We have to face it,” she said. “But America doesn’t have a monopoly on racism. I come from a nation of ‘colored’ people, and they are racist.”
India, his home country, had an ugly caste system for thousands of years.
Slavery started in the Middle East. It flourished in Africa long before slaves were brought to America. The Americans (along with the British, French, and Mexicans) actually helped end this practice.
But today American students think America invented slavery.
This is “state-sponsored indoctrination,” says Nomani. “It’s bigotry they teach. … It’s so immoral. I am a brunette Muslim woman, immigrant to America. I know more freedoms in this country than in any Muslim country in the world.
“But they are not in a Muslim country”, I specify. “They’re in America, and there’s still racism here.”
“But to suggest that it’s all of America is just as racist and bigoted…as being racist and bigoted against people of color,” she replies.
People have to care, says Nomani, “because taxpayers are funding this.”
Some conservatives want to ban the teaching of CRT. It’s not a good idea. Government should not ban ideas or take choices away from teachers. Bans protect students from important topics.
A better solution is to legalize school choice.
Let the parents take our tax money from a school of our choice.
John Stossel is the creator of Stossel TV and the author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media”.