A personal flaw of mine is that I have no problem judging a book by its cover and that’s immediately what I did when I heard about “critical race theory.” I knew right away that it would be ridiculous, a waste of time and tax-payer money and probably more than a little racist against white people. I was right. According to Britannica, critical race theory (CRT) is, “intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour.” Having discussions about race and its impact on society is all well and good but CRT, at the end of the day, comes off more destructive and divisive than anything else. And when states start trying to introduce into our schools, starting as young as kindergarten, that’s when we become aware how truly dangerous it is.

As a woman of color, I find the sudden revival of CRT to be laughably ridiculous. Never before has America been more diverse, more socially aware and more committed to the betterment of life for everyone, regardless of race. So I’m puzzled by this constant insistence of MSM and the voices that seem the loudest, that I am oppressed, I’m held back by systems that are ground in white supremacy and that I am a victim of racist undertones in my day to day life. Kimberle Crenshaw was a founder of CRT and said, “”Critical race theory is a practice. It’s an approach to grappling with a history of White supremacy that rejects the belief that what’s in the past is in the past, and that the laws and systems that grow from that past are detached from it.” The current discussion on race in America right now is fraught with tension but CRT acts like gasoline. Systemic racism is real but so are the efforts at correcting that and paving the way for equality. Ideas like CRT are grounded in the idea that everything comes from white supremacy, white people love it because they profit from it and all white people have participated in this. It serves no purpose to better or educate anyone, only to divide and promote a victimhood mentality.

It’s one thing as adults to have discussions over CRT, it’s entirely a different thing to be putting in our schools. Texas is the latest state to take on the task of banning CRT in schools and will not be the last. Dan Patrick, Texas’ lieutenant governor said, “House Bill 3979 makes certain that critical race philosophies, including the 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide. When parents send their children to school, they want their students to learn critical thinking without being indoctrinated with misinformation charging that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism.” Wyoming, Idaho and Tennessee are all also saying “no” to CRT in schools and introducing bills to ban it.  Twenty state attorney generals fired off a strongly worded letter to the Education Department, slamming a proposed grant that would offer schools additional funding if they added CRT and the 1619 project into their curriculums. Educators need to be focused on teaching children that it’s the character of the person, not the color of their skin that matters. History absolutely should be taught, even all its ugly parts, but we teach history so that it can be learned from, we shouldn’t be using it as a tool to beat up on a particular race. Remember that racism is taught, it’s not inherent in our children and we should strongly object to anything in our schools that tells them otherwise.

Hannah Brokaw lives in the Bluegrass State but votes red. She enjoys true crime TV shows, long naps and tacos. Please bother her via Twitter where she has a lot of thoughts.

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