[Vision2020] Perturbing the unsophisticated

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 09:20:46 PST 2021

The button pushing phrase "critical race theory" is an obvious simple
propaganda ploy with multiple levels of meaning to exploit a variety of
fears in the voting public.  Of course the technical academic study this
phrase implies has little to do with the emotional manipulation politicians
are employing.

Actually, to label those who are being motivated by this phrase "narrow
minded and tend to be bigoted" plays into the psychology and politics of
people who rebel against being judged and told how they should think and
act by the educated elite who run the public schools, indeed all of
academia.  Many believe "critical race theory" too broadly and unfairly
blames "whites" for being racist, which of course many deny is the case.
And also that this phrase inaccurately renders all "blacks" victims of

The attack on public education has been ongoing of course for many years,
but the pandemic has focused many people on the alleged unwarranted control
schools have over minors, with mask mandates, etc.  Consider the attacks on
school boards in recent months  .
Anti-Mask Mob Shuts Down Coeur D'Alene School Board Meeting | Idaho News |
US News
And the recent "Black Lives Matter" movement has aroused the uncomfortable
awareness of unconscious racism, which of course parents project onto their
children.  How dare these elite educators teach my children they are
racist?   Some republican strategists have stated plainly that they took
the themes of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and twisted them backwards
against the very people who were pushing for racial justice and awareness,
the mutigenerational legacy of slavery and colonial capitalism.

Some think "Those left-wing democrat elitist academics are
brainwashing children to disrespect our heritage as a nation with critical
race theory!"  The fact this technical academic theory is not taught in
K-12 schools does not penetrate the Fox News et. al. mentality of the
millions of people who, for example, still believe Trump won the 2020

The woke mob and cancel culture elites must be stopped!
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 5:01 AM Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

> Courtesy of today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News with thanks to Shirley
> Ringo.
> —————————————————
> *Perturbing the unsophisticated*
> Do most people who are getting tied in knots about critical race theory
> have a clue what they are talking about? Of course not. Wikipedia defines
> it as follows: Critical race theory is a body of legal scholarship and an
> academic movement of United States civil-rights scholars and activists who
> seek to examine the intersection of race and U.S. law and to challenge
> mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice.
> Very clearly, this is a high level of academic study that is very unlikely
> to be contained in K-12 curriculum. Republicans regularly engage in raising
> issues that are inclined to perturb the unsophisticated.
> In particular, in this case those who are narrow-minded and tend to be
> bigoted don’t know what critical race theory is, but certainly don’t want
> their children exposed to it. As with sex education, areas of study must be
> age appropriate, and to understand United States history, racial issues
> must be included. However, suitable inclusion of such issues in a K-12
> setting does not happen at the level of critical race theory. When your
> K-12 student’s studies include historical items related to race in this
> country, that is not critical race theory.
> It is ridiculous that teaching of critical race theory in public schools
> is an election issue and that votes would be based upon fear of this topic.
> Shirley Ringo
> Moscow
> —————————————————
> As the saying goes . . . “Those who do not learn from history, are doomed
> to repeat it.”
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
> http://www.MoscowCares.net
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met.”
> - Roy E. Stolworthy
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