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    Florida just became the 5th state to ban the teaching of critical race theory, In large part, the opposition to critical race theory has been inspired by FOX news, which has led to some animated school board meetings in various states.

    Trump has also fought against the spread of CRT. Last September, Trump ordered the suspension of taxpayer dollars to fund “un-American propaganda diversity training sessions” that include subjective concepts like racial stereotyping and “White privilege.”

    The Arizona House passed a bill (SB1532) that made it illegal to teach critical race theory - but it did not become law.

    Columnist Greg Moore explains why it should still be taught:

    A member of a right-wing Arizona group that has protested COVID-19 closures and school equity programs was arrested Wednesday outside the Chandler school board meeting after a disturbance.

    Steve Daniels, chair of the Patriot Party of Arizona, was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing after a school representative and police officers asked Daniels to leave the district office and he refused.

    A video of the exchange, which Daniels recorded and was later posted to YouTube, shows Daniels and dozens of community members outside the district office on Frye Road protesting the use of critical race theory in the classroom.

    Critical race theory seeks to highlight how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions, but critics often conflate it with culturally responsive teaching or any diversity and inclusion efforts in K-12 schools.

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    Arizona, sorry I've never been faced with such over in Europe; since this country is an melting pot of every type of "humans" on the globe, then Europe right now is not far behind in that respect, due to the wars instigated by this country which created lots of migrants. The curriculum is the same for every student over there. We've got Grand children who go to school there and they were never faced with "color" issues or discrimination.

    My guess is that the "politics" here are the guilty ones, by not accepting or promoting any "uniformity" in anything, let alone in certain States, who make their own rules and laws. As long as also the "media" is not "uniform" and there are no "limits" on it, then you get an "mental" pollution which is hard to stop, ask experts like Hitler and Trump. The results are known by now and will continue into the future, but this country remains clueless.

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    Fortunately, teachers are fighting back.

    On Saturday, thousands of educators and others gathered virtually and in person at historic locations in more than 20 cities to make clear that they would resist efforts in at least 15 Republican-led states to restrict what teachers can say in class about racism, sexism and oppression in America.

    Organized by local educators across the country in association with several social justice organizations, the National Day of Action is meant to raise public awareness about the legislation and to send a message that they will not lie to students about the country’s racist past and present.

    Several thousand teachers have signed a pledge that says: “We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law.”

    Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the largest labor union in the country, said the restrictions on teaching racism are dangerous.

    “No matter our color, background, or Zip code, we want our kids to have an education that imparts honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and courage to do what’s right,” she said in a statement. “But some lawmakers want to play politics with the truth and do more than that. The most feared phrase in education is, ‘I’m a politician and I am here to tell you how and what to teach.’ ”

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    Arizona, do you really think "demonstrations" make any difference in this country. We've had "demonstrations" day and night for just about everything. How about "abortion", "guns", against "vaccines", against LGBT, Floyd, etc etc etc.

    Or demonstrations against "demonstrations" ; this country is an total "joke". The main reason is that this country is not making any progress is because our laws and system of governing and even "voting" is not "NORMAL" let alone up to date and useless.

    A zillion lawyers will make sure that the "chaos" only will get bigger over time. The governments "paperwork" has grown to astronomical proportions, so what do you expect from this "banana republic"?

    As long as the antique "base" law is not daily revised and "case law" takes it place, then the "chaos" continues or gets worse.

    All of this is showing up in the daily news, showing clearly that this country is completely rudderless.

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    They (Republicans who are White) believe they are the only important people in a country where they have gotten the straight and easy path full of advantages and privileges. The others keep coming in and White Republicans realize their space is rolling into the minority category. They can't handle the concept of a level playing field because they know their own deficiency.
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    The GOP has no moral compass, they don't want anything to do with race, police reforms, etc, etc they'd like to keep things swept under the rug, they don't want anyone to remember America's seedy past. In fact, some gop voters took matters into their own hands when Obama became president, presenting likenesses of empty chairs, hangmen's nooses and other outspoken denigrating speech and actions about race, their leader was and still is Mitch McConnell. Mr. White Is Right himself.
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    Senate Republicans voted in lockstep on Tuesday to block the landmark voting rights bill, in effect embracing the disenfranchisement of non-White voters under the “big lie” justification that widespread voter fraud denied Donald Trump reelection.

    Even as they did so, Senate Republicans also embraced the latest Fox-News-generated conspiracy theory: that a shadowy network of America haters — suspiciously similar to antifa, BLM and the deep state — had taken over the Biden administration with a nefarious ideology known as critical race theory, or “critical theory.”

    “Critical theory is, in fact, very real,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), the man who pumped his fist in solidarity with the people who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, declared on the Senate floor on Tuesday. “It is very influential. And it appears to have become the animating ideology of this administration.”

    Critical race theory (at its core, the belief that racism in America is systemic) had been around for decades in academic circles without attracting much attention — until Fox News took it up last summer. As The Post’s Laura Meckler and Josh Dawsey report, a Fox News guest, Christopher Rufo, declared that critical race theory had “pervaded every institution in the federal government” — and Trump and his allies took it from there. They’ve redefined the obscure theory to include, as Rufo put it, “all of the various cultural insanities” and they’ve made it their latest front in the culture wars.

    The irony, of course, is that Republicans are now proving that systemic racism exists — and they, along with Fox News, are the primary offenders. With their united stand against the voting-rights bill and their united votes against Ahuja on the bogus justification of critical race theory, they’re the ones reducing Americans “to their racial identity alone,” as Hawley put it. The Proud Boys who attacked the Capitol must be filled with pride anew.

    Now that the Republican filibuster has blocked the voting-rights bill, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) will try to sell Republicans on a scaled-back version that addresses key GOP complaints. But McConnell made clear Tuesday that he isn’t interested in any voting-rights legislation. Asked why he wouldn’t even allow a debate on the bill, he told reporters: “This is not a federal issue.”

    Republicans will instead focus on the real federal issue: accusing the Biden administration of opposing the flag, family businesses, merit, grace, Christianity, your dreams, your family and America.

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    All of this as I've said many times makes this an total "chaos" country without any "direction". Do they have such in Canada? I guess not, because in a Parliamentary system the laws and rules are "up to date"; here everything is convoluted and out of date. An "two" Party system which is miles apart, will never work, especially with 50 unruly States who got their own arrogance and corruption which they like to maintain. Sorry but this has become an total ungovernable country without an proper system of governing. Sticking to it will be its demise. Since the "rich" are beyond the few laws, then the influence peddling with lots of money makes the present situation even worse. Brains are optional in the higher levels of government, because it is only an game of "me, me, me". Plenty of "figures" in this government never had the proper screening for the job, nor seem to understand what their job is all about, like "serve" the people. Looking at the "total" picture of this chaotic country, then I wonder day in and day out how all of this will end. The Titanic did sink after all.

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    (From HCR)

    Most dramatic, though, was today’s testimony of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, at a House Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss the 2022 Defense Department budget. When Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) suggested that Critical Race Theory was weakening the U.S. military, the general responded sharply.

    “A lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is,” he began, “but I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open minded and be widely read.” He got more specific: “I want to understand white rage, and I'm white, and I want to understand it. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out….” Our military, he said, comes from the American people, “so it is important that the leaders, now and in the future, do understand it. I've read Mao Zedong. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding—having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?” Milley said.

    “And,” he continued, “I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, noncommissioned officers of being, quote, ‘woke’ or something else, because we're studying some theories that are out there." He went on to outline, in broad strokes, the historical power differential between Black and white Americans.

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    Like I've said before; it is time to find out how all of these idiots ended up into the government; I guess there was never an background check done on the Gaetz types . Again it means that all the idiots here are getting a"free" ride and can even become President here, because of lack of proper screening. Thus the biggest imbecile can pollute the ether with all the unlimited B.S. there is and "money" makes all again "rosy". What a country, an paradise for idiots and the rich.

    Too bad Arizona, your State is full of them as well, just looking at the "vote" counting, 6 month after the election. Shaking my old head in disgust.

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    In 1992's "A Few Good Men", Jack Nicholson had a few words for today's Republicans about critical race theory

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    As the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in the classroom intensifies across the country, the firing of a Tennessee teacher last month emerged as a flashpoint in the discussion over the weekend.

    Matthew Hawn, who had been a tenured teacher at the Sullivan County School District since 2008 and baseball coach at Central High School, was dismissed by the local board of education on June 8 in a 6-1 vote for two separate incidents where he taught about race, reported, a news outlet based in Johnson City, Tenn.

    At issue was Hawn assigning the essay “The First White President” by Ta-Nehisi Coates to students in his Contemporary Issues class in February, and later in March, playing a video of “White Privilege,” a spoken word poem by Kyla Jenée Lacey to the same students.

    News of Hawn’s dismissal resurfaced over the weekend, entering the national stage, with professors, politicians, and members of the media weighing in. Several pointed out that the case was reminiscent of the Scopes trial, which had its 100-year anniversary on Saturday. Also known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, science teacher John Scopes was prosecuted in 1925 for teaching evolution at a public school in Tennessee.

    Hawn’s firing was precipitated by a parent who complained to the district that the essay conveyed a “somewhat angry, and hateful opinion towards President Trump” and contained words he believed should not be “introduced to our children by a high school teacher,” according to documents provided to

    Critical race theory first emerged in the legal academy and then spread into other fields of scholarship, according to the American Bar Association. It is the practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society, and it critiques “how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system.”

    The academic concept, according to the American Bar Association, acknowledges that the legacy of segregation and slavery continues to play a role in the social fabric of the country. Conversation over the theory, largely driven by Donald Trump and his supporters, found its way into the classroom this past spring — with numerous state legislators debating bills seeking to ban its use.

    Both in the letter of reprimand and in the charges of dismissal, school officials took issue with Hawn apparently not teaching a “conservative perspective,” and where Coates’ essay was concerned, not providing an opposing point of view to Trump having ascended to power in large part because of his standing as a white man.

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    In a new political low in Texas, the Republican-dominated state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate a requirement that public schools teach that the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacist campaign of terror are “morally wrong.”

    The cut is among some two dozen curriculum requirements dropped in the measure, along with studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the works of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony’s writings about the women’s suffragist movement, and Native American history.

    Senate Bill 3 — passed last Friday 18-4 — drops most mentions of people of color and women from the state’s required curriculum.

    That includes eliminating a requirement that students be taught the “history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong.”

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    This just proves that Texas is still a foreign country, and the recent laws on abortion and guns is further proof.

    Here's a few more thoughts on critical race theory from another source:

    To hear some describe it, critical race theory is Marxism, a threat to the American way of life, reverse racism and a scheme to indoctrinate children.

    The reality is less sensationalistic.

    "It's a legal theory that started in the early 1970s, after the civil rights movement, that comes mostly out of graduate and law school work," said Sam Rocha, a professor of education philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, who has studied and written on the subject.

    Critical race theory is primarily an academic legal framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic; that it's embedded in institutions, culture, values and laws, and not just a manifestation of personal bigotry or animus.

    The theory holds that racial inequality, because of the country's history of chattel slavery, Jim Crow and other overt racist practices such as redlining, continues to be seen in many facets of American society, including lower educational attainment and home ownership for minority communities, income inequality, and disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates for Black men.

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared racial public school segregation to be unconstitutional, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Emancipation Proclamation and other moments of racial progress for Black people in the country's history generated ferocious backlashes from white Americans.

    "After Brown v. Board of Education, you can look at the pictures that journalists took then of protests and signs and the demographics of protesters, and those same identical protests are happening now with respect to critical race theory," Rocha said.

    In recent months, several Republican-led state legislatures have passed laws to ban the teaching of critical race theory or similar topics in public schools. Conservatives in other states are pressing similar bills and lobbying local school boards to impose their own bans. Teachers nationwide have protested against those measures for having a chilling effect on their classrooms.

    CRT is taught to law students and sometimes to graduate students. It's not taught in elementary schools

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    I recently received a one question online survey from the National Republican Senate Committee.

    The question was "do you think that Democrats should be allowed to indoctrinate our childre?".

    It's an obviously loaded question with only one correct answer, which is "NO".

    There's a very good reason for the timing of the survey, and it is spelled CPAC.

    Back in the dark ages of the last century, the right-wing culture war was often described with a reference to the three Gs: “God, guns and gays.”

    These days, the right-wing culture war is perhaps better described with three Vs: vaccine derangement, validation of white racial innocence, and valorization of insurrectionists.

    Over the weekend, the Conservative Political Action Conference treated the nation to a parade of such obsessions. We were told the large percentage of Americans who remain unvaccinated against covid-19 is a cause for ecstatic celebration. We were told “Marxist” Democrats want to indoctrinate your children to be ashamed of their whiteness.

    Republicans everywhere are spewing all sorts of inanities about critical race theory. Just as “death panels” and terrorists importing Ebola were relied on to supercharge the GOP base while Democratic turnoff dropped off, so, too, do Republicans hope the three Vs will accomplish the same.

    As of June 17, Texas became the 5th state to ban the teaching of critical race theory, and at least a dozen more were considering the same law.

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    There is scant evidence, experts note, that critical race theory is being widely taught in K-12 public schools, as it’s usually introduced at the graduate school level. Critics accuse conservatives who are championing the legislation of using the term as a catchall for any anti-racist and diversity efforts in education — an effort they fear is meant to silence certain views.

    "Any anti-racist effort is being labeled as critical race theory,” said Jonathan Chism, assistant professor of history at the University of Houston–Downtown and co-editor of "Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines.”

    “Many that are condemning critical race theory haven’t read it or studied it intensely. This is largely predicated on fear: the fear of losing power and influence and privilege,” he said. “The larger issue that this is all stemming from is a desire to deny the truth about America, about racism.”

    In some states, lawmakers have also sought to put limits on teachers’ ability to make references to The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project, which argues the introduction of slavery marks the nation’s true beginning. In the wake of the project’s release, Chicago Public Schools officials announced the school system would utilize the project in classrooms. Schools in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., followed suit, noting the importance of highlighting the way America’s past has influenced the present.

    So far, CRT legislation has been proposed in 22 states and signed into law in five — Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee. Legislators behind the Idaho bill said critical race theory “tries to make kids feel bad.” Tennessee lawmakers said teaching about racism promotes “division,” and a pending bill in Rhode Island bans teaching the idea that “the United States of America is fundamentally racist or sexist.” The fight over race and equity in schools is a coordinated one, backed by well-connected conservative groups and media outlets.

    Conservatives fear that liberals are indoctrinating our children, but the truth is that the REPUBLICANS are the ones doing the indoctrination.

    In 2017, Arizona State University launched the new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, which was funded by the state legislature. The birth of the school was controversial at ASU, in part because it absorbed two think tanks that had been heavily supported by the right-wing Charles Koch Foundation.

    Charles Koch and his brother, David, are billionaires who have spent part of their fortune to promote their anti-regulation, pro-business views of economics as well as their positions on social issues (such as climate change denial). They have been leaders in a conservative movement that believes U.S. higher education is dominated by liberals intent on indoctrinating young people.

    Arizona State University’s president, Michael Crow, recently was quoted in a New York Times story about using public money to support a pet project of Arizona conservatives: The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL). Crow said, “They were interested in having a broader set of curricular offerings than the one we presently have, particularly as it related to economic thought or political theory, philosophy.” He added, “The fact that someone from the state came along and gave us money for it, O.K., good.” But it’s not good.

    The Charles Koch Foundation has infused existing college curriculum with libertarian ideology by supporting strategic hires of new professors in existing departments in universities and colleges across the country.

    More recently, it has circumvented history, philosophy, economics, and political science departments altogether by financing the creation of new schools and departments that contain only professors that share their conservative views. These are troubling trends.

    Born in secrecy at the 11th hour in the Arizona Assembly, a small group of conservative legislators inserted funding for the new school into the overall annual allocation for public universities. The maneuver forced Crow to make a choice — defend Arizona State University’s curriculum or lay down to these political partisans.

    President Crow continues to support the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership despite its faculty’s failure to attract students to their classes. To boost enrollment, the school has promised costly goodies to students who agree to enroll in just one of its classes, including a free trip to India during spring break and a retreat to Sedona to talk about “Shakespeare’s Leadership.” Is this the careful shepherding of tax dollars conservatives promise?

    The creation of ideologically driven schools such as the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at taxpayer expense bodes ill for public universities. It signals an intentional new front in the culture wars to undermine the foundations of the humanities and social sciences as we know them.

    The belief that there is a “right” and “left” (and right and wrong) way to teach our subjects betrays the foundations of our university system that requires faculty and students to present evidence, argue theses, and civilly disagree with one another, all while respecting the disciplines that define our approaches to acquiring knowledge. Creating alternative schools to existing ones undermines this crucial component of our academic experience. Anyone concerned with the future of higher education in America should be paying attention to the quiet attack underway in Arizona and beyond.

    In September of 2020, the Charles Koch Foundation and a group of other philanthropies will give the university $12 million for an initiative aimed at driving innovations across higher education in the U.S.

    ASU's University Design Institute is coordinating the effort to support other universities in "culture change initiatives" that are designed to broaden access to high-quality postsecondary education, in part with technological innovations that seek to be more responsive to student needs.