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12/22/2021

Constitutional Vanguard: A Proposal for a Reasonable Compromise on So-Called Anti-CRT Laws

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:20 pm



I’m off on Christmas vacation, but something has been on my mind. People have debated so-called anti-CRT laws. I have an idea for a standard that has proven workable because we already use it for religion:

It occurred to me: if McWhorter is right about Fake Antiracism (or “Electism,” to use his term) being a religion, maybe his observation could serve as a blueprint for how to approach the issue of teaching Fake Antiracism in schools. In short: allow it to be taught the way religion is allowed to be taught. Allow racism and antiracist theory, like religion, to be a subject that students may learn about . . . but do not allow teachers to indoctrinate children on the topic.

It’s a workable standard because we already use it with religion. Why not use it to teach children about modern theories of anti-racism — which, as John McWhorter says, is a religion itself?

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40 Responses to “Constitutional Vanguard: A Proposal for a Reasonable Compromise on So-Called Anti-CRT Laws”

  1. McWhorter is correct. But the followers of this religion think it is fact, not religion. Sadly.

    Simon Jester (8b4f5f)

  2. Like MLK’s “I have a dream” pap, the CRT scam is aimed at white liberals who, unfortunately, are too big a segment of public school teachers. The believers are not going to teach their “religion” as a theory any more than Sister Mary Margaret would teach hers as a theory.

    nk (1d9030)

  3. As I stated on the substack, we already allow a state religion to be taught in public schools. CRT (or whatever you call it) is only the newest addition to the moral and ethical codes and rules of behavior that are instilled rather dogmatically in the public schools.

    These behavior system are part and parcel of any religion, and are taught along with the metaphysical aspects of any religion. The schools leave out the “God” part, but that doesn’t mean they are not proselytizing.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  4. Ask a third-grader about trans rights, for example.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  5. We need a counter-heresy which will peel away CRT’s would-be supporters. I propose the 1519 Project. The year the Spanish first brought horses to the New World. Mexico City to be exact. The horse contributed more to the development of America, both in regard to the settlers and in regard to the indigenous people, than any ethnic or racial group, free, indentured, enslaved, or Indians not taxed.

    nk (1d9030)

  6. Why even “teach” CRT at all: ‘The Programme for International Student Assessment coordinated by the OECD currently ranks the overall knowledge and skills of American 15-year-olds as 31st in the world in reading literacy, mathematics, and science with the average American student scoring 487.7, compared with the OECD average of 493.’https://www.oecd.org/PISA/

    The only reason Americans beat the Russians to the moon was because, “our Germans were better than their Germans” anyway. 😉

    “I do have a test today… It’s on European socialism. I mean, really, what’s the point? I’m not European. I don’t plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they’re socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car.” – Ferris Bueller [Matthew Broderick] ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ 1986

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  7. Good Call, Patterico.
    Common sense is a lost art.

    mg (8cbc69)

  8. What, if anything, should schools make moral judgements about? As opposed to discussing a subject (e.g. sex) as if no moral standards applied. Once you get into making those moral judgements, you are instilling a belief system. Now, you probably have to do that to some extent, but is “God” the dividing line? That really leaves almost everything open to State establishment.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  9. For example, can you teach commandments 4 through 10 in the public schools?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  10. Both racists and anti-racists pass on your proposal.

    asset (fbf624)

  11. Like I’ve posted before, this stuff was circulating pretty widely in academia over 25 years ago, and I had to read examples of this garbage when I went through grad school at the turn of the century. I knew back then that if it ever became mainstreamed, whatever chance we once had at being a relatively colorblind, or at least tolerant, society was going to be gone. Sure enough, the Gen-Xers and Millennials that were brainwashed with this stuff are now not just dominating academia and cementing it even further as an ideological dogma, they’re now in the middle and upper management tiers of corporations and government offices where they can really push this poison on a national level.

    That’s why they unironically compare their worldview to AIDS and ebola–a viral philosophy that will tear down capitalism and bring about the communist utopia they and their forebears have been thirsting for since 1848. It’s also why they declare that any resistance to their agenda is a threat to “democracy” (which really means a threat to the current flavor of Marxism they’re pushing, whether it’s class, race, or gender), and employ kafkatraps on anyone who pushes back. Marcuse established the false binary framework that anything which doesn’t travel the path towards “socialism” (meaning, communism) is going towards fascism instead, and that’s why these people are always accusing right-wingers of being facists–it doesn’t have anything to do with fascism, that’s just what neo-Marxists and wokel yokels call anyone who resists them.

    Calling it a religion is really letting it off too easy; that assumes it’s a relatively benign ideology that can co-exist in a First Amendment world. It’s much closer in nature to the Cultural Revolution, especially in its harnessing of secondary/university students as its vanguard, the rejection of “old” traditions and ways of thinking, and the separation of society into favored (“red”) and unfavored (“black”) classes.

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  12. Can you be anti-anti-crt? Is that right? Yup, that’s right.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  13. Can you be anti-anti-crt? Is that right? Yup, that’s right.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0) — 12/22/2021 @ 9:50 pm

    Hey, if white leftists want to hate themselves for the original sin of being born with white skin, that’s certainly their prerogative. if there’s one thing Robin DiAngelo and I can agree on after the release of her latest book, it’s that she’s a racist sack of garbage.

    What I don’t find acceptable is these neurotics demanding that my wife and kids possess that same self-loathing.

    Factory Working Orphan (2775f0)

  14. As long as we let the schools tell kids what is moral, ethical or proper behavior, we are going to get people who have a set of morals, ethics and behavior they think everyone must follow.

    It really doesn’t matter much if it comes from Leviticus or from Lenin and the God thing isn’t actually the issue. It’s what zealots do and you don’t have to believe in a God to be a zealot.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  15. Separate School from State.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  16. Good Call, Patterico.

    mg (8cbc69) — 12/22/2021 @ 7:35 pm

    I knew if we lived long enough I’d agree with you about something.

    lurker (59504c)

  17. Would incorporating material from Rothstein’s “The Color of Law” in a high school history course be considered indoctrination?

    John B Boddie (9efa1d)

  18. This would be better then any of the actual responses to CRT.

    Speaking of moral Panics, people are still saying “Happy Holiday’s” to me at the checkout line. What’s the latest for the “War On Christmas?” Has defeat been accepted and showing respect for other faiths with holidays in the winter just an accepted part of culture now? Or is there some big expression of outrage in the works about Starbucks cups or decorations at Target?

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  19. You care about that, Time?

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  20. As long as we let the schools tell kids what is moral, ethical or proper behavior, we are going to get people who have a set of morals, ethics and behavior they think everyone must follow.

    As opposed to who? FOXNews, CNN, MSNBC, their Facebook…their parents? The parenting in the last 50 years have generally been of much less…quality and quantity. In the last 20 years they are even more likely to be indoctrinated by the above.

    This CRT brain sink doesn’t seem like an actual thing, if you’re in grad school in sociology, you may have to read about it, but for the most part the worst people in this are the “parents” who are jumping from college courses to elementary school to actual book burning. The progressive activists that are the equivalent to the “parents” are also just dumb, don’t let idiots make you an idiot.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  21. Former police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright shooting.

    Rip Murdock (a9a78d)

  22. As opposed to who? FOXNews, CNN, MSNBC, their Facebook…their parents?

    Then why not let in the preachers? The point is that State Schools invariably establish State Beliefs. Just taking God out of it does not make it better.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  23. Klink, to me “CRT” is just a boxcar in a long line of boxcars. Why is one’s view of a Higher Power (or the absense of same) particularly different than, say, one’s view of the profit motive?

    Two hundred and fifty years ago, “religion” was the font of moral guidance and we correctly wanted that out of the hands of the State. But the State just chucked the God stuff and did the rest of it anyway. And we constantly run up against those who see millions of captive innocents they can “help” find Right Thinking.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  24. @21. ‘Former police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright shooting.’

    Yet:

    ‘Honest mistake’: US strike that killed Afghan civilians was legal – Pentagon

    A Pentagon investigation that found a drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 Afghan civilians was an “honest mistake” and recommended no legal or disciplinary action has been met with widespread outrage from Congress and human rights groups.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/04/us-afghanistan-strike-killed-civilians-legal-pentagon

    The system sucks.

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  25. ‘Honest mistake’: US strike that killed Afghan civilians was legal – Pentagon

    Fog of war.

    Rip Murdock (a9a78d)

  26. @25. War?

    Bull.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  27. @25. Kimberly Potter made an ‘honest mistake’ [which BTW, unlike the goof-ups in the military, she acknowledged instantly]; a mistake just like the Penta-dude-and-dudettes did– yet neither they nor their brass suffer a penalty like Potter.

    The system sucks big time– and this is yet another teachable moment for the likes of Vlad and Xi, through their minions, to their citizenry about how f-cked up American society is.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  28. Being America means never having to say we’re sorry.

    Rip Murdock (a9a78d)

  29. Kimberly Potter killed a person through a negligent mistake. But it WAS negligence, and professional negligence at that. She, as a police officer, is supposed to know her gun from her Taser and not confuse the two. EVER.

    “Oops” is not a satisfactory response.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  30. Compare this to a mistake made by an actor, who thinks he’s got an unloaded prop gun and shoots someone dead by accident. It is not really something that he’s supposed to be highly trained on, and in fact there are other people on the set whose job it IS to make sure this doesn’t happen.

    That is what an “honest mistake” looks like.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  31. Kimberly Potter killed a person through a negligent mistake. “Oops” is not a satisfactory response.

    The Pentagon killed 10 with intent, labeled it a ‘negligent [honest] mistake’ and nobody is held accountable.

    “Oops” is not a satisfactory response.

    Until it is. “That is what an “honest mistake” looks like” even w/taxpayer-funded financial restitution- to the powers that be.

    The system sucks … nd Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  32. Being America means never having to say we’re sorry.

    Except American officials did, offered $ in restitution and held nobody in government accountable for intentional and wrongful killing. This is why citizens end up storming the castle.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  33. Except American officials did, offered $ in restitution and held nobody in government accountable for intentional and wrongful killing.

    SOP in Afghanistan. Happened all the time.

    Rip Murdock (a9a78d)

  34. @29. The Pentagon killed 10 persons through a negligent mistake [w/intent]. But it WAS negligence, and professional negligence at that. They, as responsible and trained officials represent the U.S. government are supposed to know innocent civilians from terrorists and not confuse the two. EVER. Before obliterating them w/a Hellfire missile. “Oops” is not a satisfactory response.

    FIFY

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  35. @33. … rationalizing American incompetence.

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  36. Yeah, I also think Kim Potter’s rodent control was more excusable, legally and morally, than the intentional, knowing, willful, and wanton murder by stealth of the Afghan family to provide public relations cover to the tranny tatters and their Commander in Depends. The first was an accident, the second an atrocity under any law, anywhere, at any time.

    nk (1d9030)

  37. “The Pentagon killed 10 with intent, labeled it a ‘negligent [honest] mistake’ and nobody is held accountable.”

    They’ve killed a lot more than 10.

    Davethulhu (014d15)

  38. Yeah, I also think Kim Potter’s rodent control was more excusable

    What? I heard the victim was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  39. This is why citizens end up storming the castle.

    Yeah. I remember all those Antifa signs on Jan 6th about the runaway military.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  40. Kim Potter’s brain wasn’t working properly, partially because she was in such a panic that Daunte Wright was going to drive off and injure the rookie she was training trying to impress.

    The same kind of extremely stupid mistakes happen sometimes in sports. But this time it killed someone. I don’t know what this makes it legally.

    She realized her blunder right away and cried out she was going to go to jail (and the prosecutor pointed out didn’t check out the condition of the driver she shot.)

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)


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