The “Race Lady” over at MSNBC is at it again.
In the latest installment of “What A Truly Delusional Person Would Say…” comes Joy Reid saying that it’s “cultural genocide” for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to block an AP course that pushes a far-left political agenda under the guise of “African American Studies.”
Reid actually compared it to the way that Native American children were taken by the government from their homes and placed in residential schools in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. These kids were separated from their families, forced to assimilate into Western culture, and punished if they spoke their native languages.
Joy Reid thinks that not teaching high school students Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality is basically the modern equivalent of that.
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No, really. That’s what she said.
“This brutal campaign was a form of cultural genocide, to further erase the indigenous population and though this is an extreme example, America’s practice of forced assimilation continues today,” said Reid. “Like in Florida where Ron DeSantis is barring education about race, gender, sexual orientation, or any part of history that might make white Christians feel bad.”
“His education department has even rejected an advanced placement course covering African American studies. Saying the class indoctrinates students to a political agenda,” she whined, adding, “They’re force-fed lessons that only serve to lionize white heterosexual Christian men. By design, it offers these young minds little choice but to assimilate into mainstream, I.E. white culture.”
To the surprise of exactly no one, Reid is completely off-base here.
This AP African American Studies course — like most other courses that end in the word “studies” — is nothing but a delivery system for neo-Marxism under the guise of education.
It’s also a pilot program that was launched in 2022 and runs through 2024.
The National College Board that delivers the Advanced Placement (AP) courses said of the latest offering, “The interdisciplinary course reaches into a variety of fields—literature, the arts and humanities, political science, geography, and science — to explore the vital contributions and experiences of African Americans.”
Ok, that doesn’t sound so bad… so what’s in it?
The course curriculum includes studying one of the works of Kimberlé Crenshaw, a Critical Race Theory (CRT) scholar, who introduced the concept of “intersectionality” — the idea that overlapping and intersecting social identities are used by structures in society to oppress and discriminate against individuals. It’s a Marxist framework that replaces class with race and should not be considered a lens through which African American culture and history are viewed.
Section 2.26 “Black Women’s Rights & Education” addresses this concept of intersectionality.
“This topic explores the intersection of race and gender in African American women activists’ advocacy for justice. Students may analyze a primary source speech,” states the syllabus.
“Black Queer Studies” is Topic 4.19 in the course syllabus, “This topic explores the concept of the queer of color critique, grounded in Black feminism and intersectionality, as a Black studies lens that shifts sexuality studies toward racial analysis. Students may examine texts by writers such as Cathy Cohen, Roderick Ferguson, or E. Patrick Johnson.”
The course also includes reading “The Case For Reparations” a 2014 piece in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates, an essayist who is currently working on a new film script for the D.C. Comics that portrays Superman as black. Why is that essay included in a course that is being marketed to the public as “African American history“? Great question. This is a course at the high school level that could translate into college credit. There is no reason a politically-charged article like that one.
And not to be outdone, Topic 4.21, “Demographic Diversity in African American Communities,” explores “concepts such as postracialism, colorblindness, racecraft, or inequality through a scholarly text by authors such as Eduardo Bonilla Silva and Barbara J. Fields.” The book by Bonilla-Silva, “White Supremacy & Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” discusses the concepts of so-called ”color-blind racism” that is allegedly leaving black Americans at the bottom of the rung on the social hierarchy.
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”, a book by Michelle Alexander that puts forth the notion that the 1980s and 90s “War on Drugs” targeted black men for drug crimes thereby creating a new caste system akin to what happened in the Jim Crow era is also included in the curriculum.
One “core concept” in the course is “structural racism” — the idea that racism is embedded into the very structures of society that foster racism in every area of life from healthcare to housing and education to employment. Another is “racial capitalism”, a concept that asserts that “the development, organization and expansion of capitalist society pursued essentially racial directions.”
So… it’s a course that is teaching neo-Marxist ideology under the guise of African American Studies. That appears to be a violation of DeSantis’s Stop W.O.K.E. Act that prevents corporations and schools from “subjecting any student or employee to training or instruction that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual to believe specified concepts constitutes discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin.”
Denouncing that pap as “indoctrination” is the correct move.
It’s not the same as refusing to teach about African American history including slavery, abolition, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement as well as the many contributions of black Americans like abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman’s role in the Underground Railroad, and the innovations of George Washington Carver’s inventions — which the Florida curriculum currently does.
Here is Gov. Ron DeSantis explaining that black history is already a part of Florida’s core curriculum and that this CRT nonsense that pushes neo-Marxism has no place in high schools.
Education is about the pursuit of truth, not the imposition of ideology or the advancement of a political agenda. pic.twitter.com/Hete9aeHlF
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 23, 2023
Ironically, Joy Reid is the one that wants indoctrination rather than education embedded in schools.
Reid is a living, breathing example of a racist, indoctrinated individual that puts race at the heart of every issue and that is what DeSantis is pushing back against.
Cross-posted with Clash Daily
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