Black History, White Backlash and Educational Reform | Opinions
Keith E. Benson
To understand America’s obsession with the (non-)existence of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools and how it became a partisan flashpoint, the phenomenon has been called by Emory University professor Carol Anderson. It must be considered as a modern manifestation of what is. “White Fury”.
The corporate news media’s refusal to explicitly point out that the CRT, a complex legal theory, is not taught in K-12 schools, but is taught in some education and law schools. , which allowed mostly white disaffected people and Republican politicians to morph the CRT into something else. Adjacent to American history that angered their whitewashed sensibilities.
Republican lawmakers like Ron DeSantis and Glenn Youngkin, many conservative pundits, Greg Abbott (Texas), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Arkansas), and artificial turf’s “parent group” We don’t want children of – that includes black children – to make learning, and in some cases, teaching this history outright illegal.
Condemnation of the CRT is part of a long American tradition of white backlash, a misinformed policy in an effort to protect whiteness and the social benefits it brings to white Americans. It is backed by a well-funded conservative messaging apparatus that is adept at amplifying white anger for public gain.
After President Joe Biden convincingly defeated Donald Trump in 2020, the mass media responded to the fictitious issue by sweeping anti-CRT rallies at suburban school boards. expressed dissatisfaction of white people.
But colluded media devices aren’t the only villains driving CRT propaganda. Coordinated efforts to attack the CRT were ironically also made by some of the same education reform advocates who defended school choice as the answer to getting a “better” education for urban black parents. Enhanced.
The white backlash is the concept that the greater equity gained through increased political representation and economic opportunity for non-white ethnic groups leads to the loss of social status for white Americans, and has persisted throughout U.S. history. Ubiquitous.
Passing the 2nd Amendment is an amendment that conservatives hold dearly, one that would willingly sacrifice the lives of students and school staff to keep it intact, and one that would allow slave states to become white. It was passed to put down the slave states by allowing them to arm militias consisting of only To crush the efforts of enslaved blacks if they chose to fight for their freedom, as demonstrated in the Stono Rebellion (1739) and the Haitian Revolution (1791).
The enactment of the Black Code soon after liberation and the formation of the United States’ first terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan, was founded shortly after black Americans gained access to the franchise. Brown’s (1954) decision to initiate an alternative schooling system in protest of white parents’ refusal to integrate Southern public schools and instead white tax dollars being used to educate black children. The establishment of school choice attributed to is a historical example, not a CRT example. About how white rage affects our society today.
Instead, Republican lawmakers want to teach a white supremacist “classic” and “patriotic” history and social studies curriculum. It is an uncritical glorification of America’s history of touting the “founding fathers” and uncritical defense of capitalism.
Individual groups that helped rise to power in Republican governors’ advocacy, such as the Center on Educational Excellence, the National Charter School Alliance, and the National Parents Union, aside from efforts by conservatives and legislators to derail students’ understanding of history there is a gathering ofRemain silent on lawmakers’ misleading campaign
For decades, advocates of educational reform, largely composed of representatives of wealthy ideologies and business circles, publicly lamented the shortcomings of public education, as evidenced by test scores and graduation rates. .
They argued that privatization of education in the form of school vouchers, charter schooling, online education and now homeschooling was the answer to “underperforming” public schools. This is a message aimed primarily at black parents.
Much could be unraveled as to the nonsensical nature of that debate, but combining massive funding for “think tanks” and foundations with continued lobbying of lawmakers from both parties will achieve the goal of shifting the shared responsibility of educating all America’s children through public schools. A personal effort has been achieved for parents to focus only on what directly affects their child.
In large swaths of the country, public institutions have been deliberately dismantled and replaced with more vouchers and corporate charter schools.
Significant backlash from reform communities such as KIPP, Teach For America, Broad Foundation, Democrats for Education Reform, and the National Charter Schools Conference against the willful miseducation of American students, including black students, targeted by these organizations Where is the? sued for decades?
As Republican lawmakers strive to pass more choice laws, they are obliged to fudge America’s history… to conservatives and reformers if they are weaponized to attack public education?
Keith E. Benson is the author of Education Reform and Gentrification in the Age of #CamdenRising. Public Education and Urban Redevelopment in Camden, New Jersey (2018) is available at Peter Lang Publishing. www.peterlang.comHe is President of the Camden Education Association, Trustee of the Network for Public Education, and Co-Founder of Working Together, LLC.
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