This video is from The Trials of Critical Race Theory, a deep dive into critical race theory and the feverish persecution fantasies of the fools who fear it. Even though, you know, it’s basically not taught anywhere in public elementary schools. In the clip, reporter Adam Yamaguchi interviews Moms for Liberty Williamson County (TN) chairman Robin Steenman, who is apparently determined to prevent (white) children from learning about racism until after they’ve heard their uncle casually use the N-word about 400 times during Thanksgiving Day football broadcasts.
STEENMAN: “Martin Luther King and the March to Washington, a story that must be told. It is an example of how the curriculum chooses to teach history. You have this picture of the fireman spraying the black kids. And it’s another voice that’s being exercised, and it’s going through three points of view…”
YAMAGUCHIA: “The first point of view you put forward here, the problem is that this is violence and it’s just not appropriate for second-graders?”
YAMAGUCHIA: “And the second POV you highlighted: ‘We need to protect our citizens.’ Our white citizens, yes. What’s the problem there?”
STEENMAN: “Well, it emphasizes racism, you know, that a police officer would discriminate based on skin color. Most kids would have no idea that a police officer could or would do that. Then you learn that this police officer is not a problem and has violence against children.”
YAMAGUCHIA“So this is an age-appropriateness objection?”
YAMAGUCHIA“So could a sixth-grader read this?”
STEENMAN: “I’m not sure where the line is, but yes, an older kid definitely could.”
YAMAGUCHIATo: “So this is flagged.”
STEENMAN: “Yes, they disagreed because it is claimed that black and white are still not treated equally. “There has been no slavery for a long time, but does that mean they are treated equally? New.’ And we think that is too heavy for a second division team.”
YAMAGUCHIA: “And we don’t want them…”
STEENMAN: “I don’t want them to see racism anymore, deal with it, learn racism. I mean, they can learn history, but let’s not learn racism.”
Okay, that’s all pretty absurd, but here’s the bit that came to mind like a coke-up spider monkey: ‘Well, it emphasizes racism, you know, that a police officer would discriminate based on skin color. Most kids would have no idea that a police officer could or would do that.”
Uh Huh. you know who is doing want their children to learn about police discrimination based on skin color? Any black parent who would want their child to live past the age of 10. But God forbid we educate children about the history of racism in our country. Those fire hoses were real. Those traumatizing photos are real. And those experiences – terrible as they were – were nothing compared to real slavery.
Is that too “heavy” for a second grader? Better than teaching them that the genocidal maniac Christopher Columbus was a hero, because that’s a blatant lie, and lies make baby Jesus cry.
And hey, news flash! Blacks and whites are still not treated equally. That’s just obvious. If you teach kids that undeniable fact, you’re not teaching them how to be “racist.” It teaches them perspective and compassion, and perhaps how to do better with intention.
I fear for our future if people are so delicate that they can’t even accept obvious truths about our country’s history.
This is also a good point:
Yes me neither. Why is that, do you think?
Oh, and this too:
Look, I grew up in a pretty racist town in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it was fairly representative of other Wisconsin cities, and I can only assume, based on further observation, that it was fairly typical of other predominantly white small towns in America. There is no age that is “too young” to teach children about racism. They’re already learning – just the lessons they get at home and on the playground are definitely not worth learning.
If we don’t teach them about Jim Crow, Bull Connor and the Middle Passage at a young age, they are well on their way to internalizing racist attitudes before they can learn more responsible lessons.
And then we all lose – all people equal.
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