Only a day after a long-time New York Times columnist declared “Critical race theory is the political right’s new boogeyman,” a Vanity Fair writer wrote an article titled “The Right-Wing Meltdown Over Critical Race Theory Is Spiraling Out Of Control.” Staff writer Charlotte Klein proposes Republicans are delusional for noticing what transpires in schools across the country.
“The right-wing freakout over critical race theory—or, at least what some Republican politicians and pundits think it is—has been playing out simultaneously in statehouses and TV studios, with lawmakers crafting bills to ban schools from teaching about systemic racism and conservative media figures fanning the flames,” Klein writes.
Klein’s piece is based on an NBC News report that characterizes those who oppose critical race theory—whether parents, teachers, think tanks, politicians, or writers—as essentially voodoo conspirators who disagree with the notion of institutional, or systemic, racism. The NBC piece, bylined by Tyler Kingkade, Brandy Zadrozny, and Ben Collins, frames anyone opposing such divisive doctrine as uneducated activists seeking to politically capitalize on misinformation.
Of course, this is all on brand. Ever since Americans began mobilizing against critical race theory, which is ubiquitously infiltrating institutions, corporate media and Democrat allies have acted confused at their motive. It’s a guise and they know it.
Left-aligned writers at places like Vanity Fair already agree there is systemic racism and white privilege, and refuse to consider any disagreement with these assumptions. Conservatives are therefore thought of as strictly motivated by greed or radical superstition, and the only editorial analysis readers receive is based on denialism. Worse, leftists have become comfortable denying any systematic overhaul is ongoing.
The left continues to brand critical race theory as a blanket term Republicans have concocted with their ism-infected minds. So it goes, anyone who decides to categorically define what is unquestionably rifling through schools and board rooms—trainings focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion—is foolish and only seeking to undermine needed teachings about race and class. This is much more than about “race and class.” It’s about two visions of America.
“While critical race theory is being deployed as a blanket term to describe racial equity work that U.S. schools are doing—efforts prompted in part by the national reckoning over race—it’s become clear that most people lack a general understanding of what the buzzword even means, as Temple University’s Marc Lamont Hill illuminated on BNC,” Klein writes.
Here we see a predictable situation. Claiming critical race theory is merely a “buzzword” unworthy of a national discussion, Klein dismisses those justified in venturing to understand what is happening in society.
As The Federalist and other right outlets have covered for quite some time, public and private schools are embracing this dogma. Whereas the Vanity Fair writer indicates conservatives are pretty much Alex Jones for opposing critical race theory, parents and teachers who express dissatisfaction with this so-called “anti-racism” doctrine would indicate differently.
Take community members in Naperville, Illinois, Manhattan, Cleveland, Loudoun County, or Fairfax County, Virginia. To these brave and vulnerable individuals who have been willing to share their stories and in some cases comment on the record, what occurs in the classrooms of their child’s schools is of deep importance.
In all of these cases, there are similarities: Students being taught to believe in systemic racism, implicit bias, and that racial identity is more important than the individual. Based on this, how can Klein and the left genuinely think this is all just a “meltdown” based on Republicans looking to find a way to win elections? It strikes much deeper in the American psyche, and people are not crazy for linking dots between identical approaches to widespread curricula.
According to Klein, Republicans are uneducated bigots. They do not actually know what critical race theory is, since it is not real. Referencing Alabama Republican Rep. Chris Pringle, who opposes critical race theory, the writer claims he is bluffing while referring to how he noted “it basically teaches that certain children are inherently bad people because of the color of their skin, period.”
He “was unable to produce any specific examples of theorists promoting that concept or instances where it was put into practice,” Klein describes. Likewise, she notes Pringle said America “is still the greatest country that’s ever, ever been in the history of the world” as well as that the left seeks to “divide this country based on race and class, which is exactly what they do in communist countries.”
The goal here, of course, is to have a “gotcha” moment worthy of a thematic symbol. What a racist for expressing a love of country. By ostensibly “owning” a Republican and pushing him to further describe what critical race theory is, the writer seeks to highlight how conservatives are unworthy of valid intellectual conversation. What is “valid” is manufactured by our self-indulged arbiters of truth, such as Klein.
It becomes clear where Klein stands on the issue given she found it necessary to quote a congressman who expressed patriotism. To left-leaning outlets, those who believe in the very essence of America, and thus equality of opportunity for all, are outdated rubes guilty of questioning their masters.
The problem with the NBC News and Vanity Fair articles is simple. There is no attempt to be honest about what is happening in American schools. By neglecting to at a minimum understand the term, and instead framing the right as being oddly aggressive in the face of ideological opposition, Klein shows her true colors. If anything, she suggests herself to be the real conspiracy theorist.