Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Opposition to critical race theory is ‘rooted in racism’

Representative Rashida Tlaib claimed opposition to critical race theory (CRT) is ‘rooted in racism.’

The full statement, made on Twitter, reads, “Opposition to critical race theory is obviously rooted in racism and has just become the newest dog whistle for racists.” Her statements come after many states have begun to pass laws against critical race theory. Such opposition to CRT and the teaching of the ideology in schools and workplaces has led Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Wisconsin Representative Glenn Grothman to implement bans.

According to the American Bar Association, the principles of CRT include, “Recognition that race is not biologically real but is socially constructed and socially significant. … Acknowledgement that racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions. … Rejection of popular understandings about racism, such as arguments that confine racism to a few “bad apples.” … Recognition of the relevance of people’s everyday lives to scholarship.”

The ideology implies that racism is interwoven in every facet of American society, from the justice system to education. Parents, teachers, and students have raised concerns over the teaching of CRT. The New York Post reported, “Keisha King, a black mother from Duval County, Florida, warned her state’s board of education that telling a minority child that he’s the victim of oppression is ‘the essence of holding a child back.’”



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