On a recent appearance with “The View,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed parental involvement in schools and denounced problems that stem from Critical Race Theory. In towns across America, particularly Loudoun County, Virginia, parents have opposed certain teaching material regarding issues such as Critical Race Theory.
Co-host Joy Behar claimed parents should be involved but not to the extent of telling a teacher what to teach.
“If they are adamant and they don’t want you to teach what is going to be taught, period, they’re going to have to home-school their kids because this is not going to wash,” Behar said.
“Well, they’re actually homeschooling them in increasing numbers and I think that’s a signal. First of all, parents ought to be involved in their children’s education … I think parents ought to have a say. We used to have parent-teacher conferences. We used to have PTAs. There are lots of ways for parents to be involved, and they should be.”
In discussing CRT she said,
“My parents never thought I was going to grow up in a world without prejudice, but they also told me, ‘That’s somebody else’s problem, not yours. You’re going to overcome it and you are going to be anything you want to be. That’s the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids…One of the worries that I have about the way that we’re talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow White people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past – I don’t think that’s very productive – or black people have to feel disempowered by race.”
Some of the hosts doubted the prevalence of critical race theory in schools and that white children were made to feel bad about their race.
Co-host Sara Haines then noted multiple examples of white students being forced to rank their privilege among other things.
“I would like Black kids to be completely empowered, to know that they are beautiful in their Blackness, but in order to do that I don’t have to make White kids feel bad for being White.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin claimed parents were trying to prevent children from learning the real history of America.
“People are being taught the true history, but I just have to say one more thing: It goes back to how we teach the history. We teach the good and we teach the bad of history. But what we don’t do is to make seven and 10-year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin. We’ve been through that, and we don’t need to do that again for anyone.”
Some of the co-hosts conflated CRT with teaching about dark points in history such as slavery. Critical race theory isn’t about teaching history, it’s about rewriting it. It not only proclaims that America is founded in racism, but that white people are instinctively racist and adopts the framework of whites as oppressors and other races as oppressed.
That’s not history, that’s racism. It is unhealthy to teach people to view every interaction, every thought, and every motive as rooted in racism. Generalizing racism to one people group due to the racist lifestyles of some of them is a gross and evil fallacy. As Rice said, we’ve been through that and we should never let it return.