Don’t Say “Race”: What the Anti-Critical Race Theory Mob Really Want
If you’re anything like me — or like most human beings — the perfect comeback almost always seems to arrive hours or days or even weeks too late. Someone catches you off guard with an unfathomable zinger, and although you have the perfect retort tucked away somewhere in the recesses of your brain, you’re so flustered by the stupidity of it all that their words get in the way. You can’t quite access your brilliant response.
That’s called being human, and it’s a state of limitations that the Republican Party has been routinely using against Democrats ever since the GOP fell under the spell of former U.S. President Donald Trump. Sometimes I wonder if the folks on the right side of the aisle continue to drop inanities like the recent pro-Putin garbage in hopes that our shock will tie our tongues and render them useless in promptly delivering the right comeback.
Trump loyalists, in particular, are experts at this. Since they aren’t overly concerned with depth, nuance, or rational reasoning anyway, it’s easy for them to stop making sense in order to trip us up on the political battlefield. I see this ploy in play every time Republicans trot out their tired and untrue rants about critical race theory.
Let’s keep it 100 percent real: Most of us don’t even know what CRT is. Yet, Republicans have managed to turn it into bogeyman No. 1 in this year’s upcoming midterm elections. If grown people can’t fully grasp its concepts, how can we expect second graders — and doesn’t it always seem like the well-being of (White) 7-year-olds are the crux of the GOP’s sleepless nights? — to untangle them?
When they start waving the “Ban CRT” banners, what they’re really saying is that they don’t want race to be acknowledged at all from primary school to high school, unless it’s in the context of White-sanctioned literature by Mark Twain and Harper Lee. Don’t say “gay” and don’t say “race.”