• June 19, 2021
 Op-Ed: Texas Education and Critical Race Theory

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Op-Ed: Texas Education and Critical Race Theory

The same folks that don’t want your kids to know that Texas was founded by a bunch of socially ostracized white guys that felt that they were above the laws of a sovereign country and just squatted their way to forming this here state, now don’t want your kids to be taught that just maybe, we as a state and as a country perhaps, maybe, have treated certain groups of individuals unfairly over the centuries and we still are dealing with those problems.

Such is the battle over Critical Race Theory (CRT), which is a real thing that the Right has recently adopted as their latest bogeyman to get their red hat-wearing lemmings all scared about.

Unlike ANTIFA, refugee caravans, and hoards of transsexual children ruining your kids Little League team or restroom forever, CRT is actually a real thing: Critical Race Theory essentially is a way to look at the whole of laws and legal rulings and asks whether or not legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist because they act to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites. (Specifically, white MALES and nonwhite males.)

It is an idea that has roots way back in the 1930’s and became an actual studied topic in the 1980’s. It only recently gained traction after the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and it tested well with Right Winged focus groups looking for a new group or thing to be scared about or be repelled by.

Why should you care about an obscure legal theory of practice? Because the Texas Legislature, whose majority is made up mainly of privileged white males (PWM), doesn’t want your kids learning about a point of view that might upset their hold on power and make your kid question the lie that all people in the country have equal access to all the economic and social fruits the country harvests.

Over the years, the idea of CRT has evolved in such a way that it can be taught, and lawdy we don’t want that.

Because they cannot think on their own, members of the Texas Legislature introduced bills (SB 2202 and HB 3979) just like those in 14 other states, that would limit the ability of teachers to teach CRT or even the idea of CRT to their students.

“Texans reject critical race theory and other so-called ‘woke’ philosophies that maintain that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex or that any individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said recently endorsing legislation that would prohibit Texas civics or social studies teachers from even mentioning the IDEAS in CRT.

He completely “forgot” that Texas was a slave state, part of the Confederacy, and Texas slaves weren’t told they were free until 2 years AFTER they were freed. But no, no single group was racist or oppressive.

Of course he misses the point: CRT looks to see IF there is systemic racism, and then looks to see in the law, WHY it occurs in this land of supposed equality. He also said he spoke for all Texans, which was a non-truth. He spoke for white privileged rich Texan males, of which he is one.

Think about that a moment: The State Government wants to keep your kid’s teacher from even hinting at the idea that somewhere along the way, one social group has had an advantage in this country that other groups, as a whole, do not enjoy.

In other words, the PWM do not want your kids to know that there are PWMs running wild amongst us, using their privilege to knowingly or not, oppress others.

Want to discuss the reasons George Floyd and Brionna Taylor were treated the way they were in Social Studies? Nope. Not gonna happen. Do Black Lives Matter? Nope, not in Texas Social Studies classes.

“Racism, social inequity, and economic disparity would not exist if you would just stop bringing it up,” seems to be the thought process at work here. Shh. Speak no evil. Don’t say the names James Byrd Jr. or Sandra Bland. They didn’t exist. ‘Cuz in Texas, we hear no evil.

Everyone is equal in Texas. Never mind that you better fill your gas tank before driving I10 from Houston to Lafayette if you are black or hispanic and pray you don’t have a flat tire or need a restroom break at night within 100 miles of Jasper, Texas.

Cuz in Texas we see no evil. But hey, we are all equal in Texas, right? Just that some of us are more equal than others. The WMP snowflakes don’t want anyone, especially impressionable, questioning youths, turning a critical eye on their centuries old economic social and societal scam.

Just as Adam and Eve found out, with knowledge comes power. And they don’t want the “others” to have power. That thinking is as old as the Bible. Lest they become like the Gods…we can’t have that now, can we?

This comes, of course, as no surprise from the same political party that just a few years ago adopted in their party platform the idea that “Critical Thinking” should be stricken from statewide curriculum, who have purposely resisted and/or removed teaching anything about the effects of anthropomorphic climate change even as we experience the hottest and coldest weather on record all within the same year, have limited the teaching of the use of alternative fuels over fossil fuels, have periodically tried to include biblical teaching into Biology and once allowed textbooks that referred to the nightmare of slavery as a “works relocation program.”

Those Texas Rangers of historic lore? Don’t let Jimmy know that they were pretty much as racist as the Klan but they wore better outfits and were “the law.” All the while our out-of-sync-I’m-Going-on-Fox-News-to-lie-about-wind-power Governor has asked for expanded Civics education for students. Just don’t teach “THOSE” civics. We want WPM civics only.

No doubt we will soon see the Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0 right here in some small Texas burg as some teacher dares to defy Fox News talking points in his or her class.

Tell your Legislative member that you oppose SB 2202 and HB 3979. Tell your Governor not to sign it. Let’s see if those PWMs listen to you while they dine on their tomahawk bone-in ribeyes ($99 each) at Perry’s on 7th Street with thier American Legislative Exchange Council lobby buddies.

Does everyone have the same access in Texas or do the privileged white males still have all the privilege and all the power? The irony of all of this is that rich white people using their political power to supresss teaching factual historical knowledge about how rich white people supressed others throughout our state’s and nation’s history would be exactly what would be addressed in any curriculum that had CRT infused into it.

Texas students may never be taught about Critical Race Theory, but they can see it in action easily enough coming from the half of power in Austin.

From our crazily gerrymandered districts to our re-segregated school districts to what they can see daily on their TVs. And they will remember it too.

Because the tree of knowledge blooms everywhere, no matter how some groups want to prune it.

Author: Tim Holt

Holt is an educator and writer, with over 33 years experience in education and opines on education-related topics here and on his own award-winning blog: HoltThink. He values your feedback.

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Tim Holt is an educator and writer, with over 33 years experience in education and opines on education-related topics here and on his own award-winning blog: HoltThink. He values your feedback.

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