It’s the latest wedge issue the right wing has come up with.
This one was the brain child of Christopher Rufo.
Spurred by Rufo, this complaint has come to dominate conservative politics. Debates over critical race theory are raging on school boards and in state legislatures. Fox News has increased its coverage and commentary on the issue. And Republicans see the issue as a central element of the case they will make to voters in next year’s midterm elections, when control of Congress will be at stake.
Of course, the idea that a curriculum that investigates the impact of white supremacy has somehow taken over American schools is absurd.
In fact, it is just the opposite.
Following the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday this past Friday, 40% of Americans had no idea what Juneteenth was celebrating.
But the Trumper Republicans know how to use phony social issues as a wedge to divide. And racial scare tactics have always played a key role in that.
Even Democrats like Bill Clinton played the game with his Sister Souljah moment.
Some Democrats would have us run from the discussion of race and white supremacy in the face of this critical race theory moment.
We can’t fall for that.