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Tue Dec 7, 2021, 02:58 PM

'A dog whistle and a lie': Black parents on the critical race theory debate

During Virginia’s governor’s race this year, Rakelle Mullenix read and watched countless news stories about the fervor among parents over the teaching of critical race theory and about racism in local schools. “I was addicted to the coverage,” says the 46-year-old mother of two from Annandale, Va.

And there was so much of it, from the commercial featuring a mother saying that her son was brought to tears when he had to read a book (it’s not named in the ad, but she’s referencing “Beloved,” Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about formerly enslaved people), to footage of angry parents besieging Loudoun County School Board meetings over the theory’s alleged inclusion in curriculum, to debate on whether children are too young to learn about racism or discuss race at all.

Mullenix read and watched it all. But she says that in the media discussion of how Black parents and their stories fit into what children learn about American history, she didn’t see actual Black parents, like herself.

“It seems as though Black and Brown voices were ignored, and the voices were centered on White parents and their concerns,” Mullenix says. “I’m constantly hearing, ‘Oh, no, suburban women, suburban moms and their vote.' And when I look around me and see these suburban moms and housewives, a lot of them look like me. But when I hear the conversations on the news, it doesn’t sound like they’re talking about me.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/parenting/2021/12/07/black-parents-crt-race/

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Reply 'A dog whistle and a lie': Black parents on the critical race theory debate (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Dec 7 OP
Walleye Dec 7 #1
Ray Bruns Dec 7 #2
FakeNoose Dec 7 #3
RobinA Dec 7 #6
DBoon Dec 7 #4
kwolf68 Dec 7 #5

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 03:01 PM

1. Good literature is supposed to bring you to tears

“ suburban moms, hard-working Americans, law abiding gun owners”-Translation: white people

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 03:02 PM

2. "It seems as though Black and Brown voices were ignored, and the voices were centered on

White parents".

And there is your example of white privilege for today.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 03:08 PM

3. We need to stop calling it the "critical race theory"

... and start calling it the "Love your neighbor theory." Or better yet, the "Jesus loves you theory." Give it a name the Repukes cannot object to without making themselves sounding like hypocritical assholes.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 03:40 PM

6. I Would Say We Need

to find out what people see as "critical race theory" and see what can be done to deal with their beliefs. Dems say CRT isn't taught at the high school level. OK, what do people think is critical race theory that they object to and how can whatever that is be shaped to make it something most people can live with. This discussion; "CRT is being taught to 1st graders, no it isn't" is going no where. What do they see as CRT? If it isn't being taught at all, it should be a simple matter to demonstrate what IS being taught and that it isn't CRT. Let's TALK about what is objectionable and see if there is a meeting place for MOST parents. Extremes on both sides will never be persuaded, but they don't have to be swaying elections, either.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 03:14 PM

4. like the constant coverage of rural trump voters

how they are so alienated from politics and represent true american values and are the heartland of america ...

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Response to DBoon (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 03:23 PM

5. Yep

Dems lose an election and it's all about how they can't connect with rural voters.

Reps lose an election and no comment on how they can't connect with urban voters.

Dems win an election, it's not a mandate

Reps (win) an election, it's a mandate


And on and on...

In the end what Reps have said about blue areas is divisive. Palin saying Northern Va wasn't really America, attacks on Massachusetts, Berkely, etc.

I haven't seen many Dems get up and spout off about how inbred and illiterate certain red areas are.

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