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As we know, Virginia went Red, in their gubernatorial race this week, as well as other areas in the nation.
When USA Today polled Virginians on their biggest reason for voting conservatively, the top answers were not only handling of the COVID pandemic/immunization, but the teaching of critical race theory at both university and public-school level.
Florida and Idaho have already passed anti-CRT legislation, and Texas and North Carolina are hearing arguments for these laws, and states like Ohio are considering them - with Florida's law in particular creating the potential for any college or university caught teaching critical race theory to lose government funding.
So what is critical race theory?
Well, don't ask this dude - he admits he doesn't know and doesn't understand it - but B'God, he's against it, because his Republican politicians and right-wing media told him to ...
I ... don't know whether to laugh or cry, so I'll just sigh.
So, he talks about getting back to educating our children, but he himself forms an opinion based on his lack of education about CRT and doesn't even know what that means lol.
(By the way, this video was posted by a group of comedians/political satirists called "The Good Liars," which refers to Trump-style Republicans, not themselves.)
A complete definition of CRT can be found here (Britannica), but in a nutshell, Critical Race Theory is that racism, racial bias, and implicit racial bias - and the associated socioeconomic trappings - are NOT based on inherent racial physical, biological, or genetic traits which determine inferiority through either natural selection or God-ordained inferiority - but instead are social and cultural constructs that we have created ourselves to justify inequity, injustice, and even mistreatment of people of color.
Further, it purports that these antiquated, disproven ideals of natural inferiority have nevertheless permeated our socioeconomic system and our culture, and they have been institutionalized in our justice system and our actual law since day one in this country - even within our constitution.
Because before the 13th and 15th amendments, the constitution recognized slaves only in that they were counted as three-fifths of a population, which gave Southern white men a bigger population, and thus more representation power in Congress.
The slaves themselves were disallowed the right to vote, of course, just used to account for three-fifths of a population for representation purposes - because of course you know they'd all vote for their slave masters as "benevolent patriarchs" automatically, right?
All of which our forefathers did without ever actually using the word "slave," but instead "non-free persons," which lets you know in carefully choosing the language, they already knew it was wrong.
Essentially, anti-CRT supporters are simply supporting the same old tired, disproven white supremacy arguments from 300 years ago, just rebranded for today in shiny new packages, finding new ways to either deny that slavery or racism ever existed, or attempt to justify it - to include arguments that "non-free people" did not mean "slave" in our constitution. (They never say what this supposed to mean, just that it doesn't mean slave and we should take their word for it lol.)
The rebranding of this white supremacy is done using lame "whataboutism" arguments based on isolated, singular events, as well as using language that appeals to people who believe they aren't racist.
Though Republican politicians supporting anti-CRT never mention it, at its core, supporting anti-CRT politics means you believe that racial inferiority is either God ordained or biologic natural selection, rather than racism being a socioeconomic and cultural construct we've created to justify inequity, injustice and even mistreatment of people of color - regardless of whether you realize that's what you're supporting or not.
And its supporters likely don't even realize that's actually what they're supporting, because as I said, it never comes out of the mouths of Republican politicians supporting anti-CRT, but it's nevertheless a core component of anti-CRT ;)
Instead, they're focused on linking CRT to being "a myth invented by Karl Marx" and is therefore socialist, you see - hoping to scare people to death about socialism - despite the fact that Marx didn't come up with the idea himself.
Regardless, whether you realize that you're actually supporting thinly-veiled white supremacy in supporting anti-CRT, you still are - because you actually only have two choices: Either you believe racism is a social and cultural construct we've created to justify racism or you believe race is natural, biologic inferiority/superiority.
There are no other alternatives to believe than those two - natural racial inferiority or racism is a social/cultural construct we've created to justify racial injustice and inequity - period.
For instance, Marx also said that man (or woman) has an inherent need to create or innovate - it's our core nature.
This of course is an odd thing for an atheist to say, considering our inherent need to create would actually support the entire basis of Christian faith being creation of life and our "being made in our creator's image," but nevertheless, that's what he said lol.
Regardless, this type of truth-denying and gaslighting were defeated before, and it will be defeated again - it just takes time, though it may get worse before it gets better for a while, and we likely never will fully defeat it because there will always be pockets or racists and power abusers/exploiters of others.
Today's Republicans are very short-sighted - make a quick gain or quick buck and get out, leaving a mess legacy for the Democrats to clean up later, only instead, get blamed for - they're like Wall Street stock-traders that way lol.
This short-sightedness cannot sustain itself forever, and at some point, we're going to reach a BS and too-much-drama threshold - drama is like the pain threshold that way.
At a certain point, no matter how paranoid, gullible or easily roused by BS, and/or prone to drama a person is, they're still human - meaning even their neurological systems have nerve receptors that have a threshold for pain, fear, or aggression, and once that threshold is reached will result in exhaustion and avoidance.
Even their self-induced fight-or-flight responses cannot sustain for too long, and thus, they will not be able to sustain this frenetic pace long term.
Especially because at some point, either they, or their children and grandchildren, will hopefully eventually realize the people pushing them into fight-or-flight response isn't us, it's their own leaders and their own choice, based on BS.
Plus let us not forget that history itself, like truth, is NOT short-sighted, does not interpret data based on knee-jerk, fight-or-flight neurologic responses - it records everything including who was responsible for what, what they did to try to cover it up, gaslight, and white-wash it - all of it.
And though it may take a long time for truth to come out, even possibly after we're gone, despite unbelievable gaslighting efforts to whitewash and cover it up, the truth always does :)