In a series of tweets defending “Critical Race Theory” from it’s critics, MSNBC host Joy Reid wrote:
Open question to those who are afraid of “critical race theory” (which isn’t being taught in K-12 schools; it’s a course offering in law schools, but you clearly are conflating it with the #1619Project.) What do you WANT taught about U.S. slavery and racism? Nothing? Or what?
Currently, most k-12 students already learn a kind of Confederate Race Theory, whereby the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago imposed a version of history wherein slavery was not so bad and had nothing to do with the civil war, and lynchings and violence never happened.
Is this about continuing to teach Confederate Race Theory? And continuing to omit things like the founders owning slaves, or the facts about the mass extermination of the indigenous? Are you insisting that those things continue to be omitted? If so, why?
Or is it about adding more empty praise to the teaching of history and completing the sanitization of history that already is the case? If so, why? How does that make children smarter? And don’t you think kids will eventually find out the facts anyway? Would love a response.
Here are some of the responses.
Most were supportive of Reid.
Deniers aren’t interested in questioning if America might not be the “greatest country on earth.”
And we will never be the “greatest” until we face our truth.
— Jules (@IAmJulesWard) June 12, 2021
Basically they only want kids to learn history in a framing that puts the white people on the right side of every issue. Like the Trail of Tears being a simple “relocation” to make room for the colonists. They don’t want anyone to know the truth and want to whitewash everything.
— CJ 🗽 (@c_james_) June 11, 2021
Racism is a learned behavior. IMO critical race theory should be taught as early as possible in terms young children can understand and more nuanced in detail as children grow up. It's time we face (& make amends for) our ugly history.
— Hannah Joy (@HoldHJ007) June 12, 2021
They want to erase or attempt to sanitize all history of systemic racism, exploitation, abuse, and murders that have been sanctioned and deliberately committed with impunity against Black people in this country. They think that if they deny it or hide it, it didn’t happen.
— Camara 💛 (@mssankofa) June 14, 2021