In September, two months before the election defeat by Joe Biden, when Donald Trump repeated the fallacy, he won the election or it is "manipulated", Announced Trump the formation of the"1776 commission“Retaliation against The New York Times " The Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” is dedicated Chronicle of the history of the country Earlier this year, Europeans shipped the first enslaved Africans to the American coasts.
In April, the Senate minority leader, Mitch "The Grim Reaper" McConnell led 39 Republicans in the Senate to call on Education Secretary Miguel Cardona withdraw a “divisive” educational proposal to emphasize history and civics classes Slavery and Contributions of Black Americans on the land as well Remove the 1619 project from federal funding programs.
Right now, Republican-led state legislatures are trying to ensure that American schools teach how "big" America is by glossing over the history of slavery, Critical racial theory, colonialism that led to the indigenous American Holocaust, the civil rights movement, and anything else considered "controversial" like systemic racism.
Earlier this month Republicans from Arizona Voted a US $ 5,000 fine on teachers and anyone who “knowingly helps another person” teach “controversial” subjects.
Texas, Idaho, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Arkansas either have or are trying to pass similar laws.
Florida joined the list this week.
Prior to an hour-long public comment period Thursday, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis claimed that critical racial theory would teach children "that the country is rotten and that our institutions are illegitimate."
He then signed the addition "Required instruction planning and reporting" which states: Topics that schools teach are "factual and objective".
Republicans have been shouting this chaotic duplicity since Trump's proclamation a speech in the National Archives:
“[T] he crusade against American history is poisonous propaganda [which] will destroy our country … Our mission is to defend the legacy of the founding of America, the virtue of American heroes, and the nobility of American character … We want our sons and … daughters to know that they are citizens of the most extraordinary nation in the history of the world. "
Why are Republicans so afraid of Critical Racial Theory?
Why do they make their followers upset that schools are teaching students the truth about slavery and four centuries of institutionalized racism?
If we really are "not a racist country," what is the problem?
The problem is loud Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, panics the right wing over the growing racial justice movements following the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year and unites in an attempt to stop the racist awakening of the To reverse the country.
In an interview with The Guardian, Kendi stated:
“I think there is a concerted backlash from people realizing that around this time last year a growing number of Americans either spoke out against racism or became aware of the problem of racism. This growing awareness has put certain policies and ideas in the spotlight, and even certain people who have promoted systemic racism, and these very people are asking, “How do we turn off the limelight? How do we make the problem the people who identify us and our racism as the real problem, as opposed to racism itself? ’"
Kendi and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who developed the 1619 project, have become scapegoats for right-wing media outlets like Fox News and think tanks like the Heritage Foundation.
When Betsy DeVos, darling of the Charter School, took advantage of her position as Head of Education to weaken public education, Trump's propaganda campaign was another weapon against educators, mostly Democrats, who, according to Republicans, "enforce Marxist critical racial theory." to our children's schools. "
Though Donald Trump fortunately won no further term, the party, which after 40 years of decline has sold him everything it had left of its soul, is making future Americans even more ignore their racist colonial past.
If we don't acknowledge our history, we are doomed to repeat it, there said George Santayana.
The story that the Republican Party is condemning us to repeat is the white ethno-state that it took a civil war to break up.
Republicans are more angry with protests against racism than with actual racism.
That says it all about the former "Lincoln Party".
Ted Millar is a writer and teacher. His work has been featured in countless literary magazines including Better Than Starbucks, Caesura, Circle Show, Cactus Heart, and Third Wednesday. He's also a contributor to The Left Place Blog on Substack, Liberal Nation Rising, and Medium.