Orange County Board of Education Calls for Critical Race Theory in Ethnic Studies

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The Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) called for critical race theory (CRT) during its second ethnic studies forum on Aug.

Moderated by Harriet Reid, five expert panelists gave opening and closing remarks during the meeting, and answered questions from the board.

Panelist Alina Kaplan, co-founder and chair of the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies, said, “The motivation for ethnic studies is based on the idea that historically underserved communities do not see themselves in the curriculum, which is a really important goal to address. Is.” (ACES) said during the meeting.

Kaplan’s concern, as with most of the panelists, was the intrusion of CRT into the ethnic study. CRT is an ideology that divides society into oppressed and oppressed based on racial characteristics. Kaplan said that when she first saw the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) a few years ago, it sounded “familiar” and reminded her of the education she grew up in the Soviet Union.

“What in the world is the neo-Marxist dogma doing in the K-12 Ethnic Studies curriculum – a curriculum that is going to focus on building mutual respect, building bridges of understanding between ethnic groups,” she said.

Kaplan said there are two forms of ESMC that are being pushed into schools. One is emancipation ethnic studies, which criticize “white supremacy, racism, patriarchy”, etc. The second is Constructive Ethnic Studies, which focuses on the roles and experiences of different ethnic groups in American history.

“In one case, there is more emphasis on oppressed versus oppressed, colonialism etc. Second, there is more emphasis on building bridges and discussing racism, but in a way that addresses all causes of racism, not just the colonialism aspect,” she said.

While ethnic studies can be valuable, he said, in the wrong hands—and taught through the lens of CRT—it can be “adverse.”

“We can agree that we want our children to receive an education that teaches them how to respect each other, how to respect their differences, how to face racism honestly and with mutual respect. Do it,” Kaplan said.

“If the majority of people in California and America knew what important race theory-based ethnic studies were, they wouldn’t want it and we wouldn’t have this conversation here.”

Author and mathematician James Lindsay stated that CRT extends to Herbert Marcuse, a critical theorist widely popular in the 1960s.

“point of [Marcuse’s] Liberation Critical Theory aims to inspire psychopathology in activists so that they can find the life we ​​live in our society and the liberation we need to function in day-to-day society, in order to survive,” Lindsey said. said during the discussion.

Lindsay said that there cannot be a “meaningful” debate about ethnic studies because the topic is “co-opted by critical theorists.”

“[Ethnic studies] A Trojan horse has become for a different ideology, where ethnic studies may merit so much as to be the program we aspire to be. Whereas the demerits—the horrors of critical race theory—now make that debate impossible,” he said.

Lindsey pointed out that ethnic studies focuses on diversity of race (rather than diversity of attitudes) because it believes in a theory called structural determinism, which is systematically defined as a racist power system that deals with the consequences of different races. determines.
Inclusion, Lindasi said, also has a “double meaning” within ethnic studies.

“Inclusion is really biased based on these assumptions about power dynamics… Inclusion really means that only certain people should be inclusive and related. It becomes in practice these people who make it Justification for the purge, justification for censorship are enforced.”

Pastor DA Horton said that ethnic studies allows students to feel “affirmed, noticed, valued and heard” about their cultural background.

“If we teach ethnic studies with transferable skills, it teaches us how to reduce those inter-racial and cross-ethnic conflicts through shared experiences, communication, and interpersonal relationship building,” Horton said.

He continued: “If you can define your own terms about the curriculum, and the parents communicate and don’t allow anyone to hijack the terminology, then you can set the record straight and keep it straight. and then you can pass the baton to your kids.”

According to the University of California, the phrase “there is only one race, the human race” is considered a subtle invasion.

Cultural anthropologist Joe Nalven stated that it is a “mistake” to view the idea of ​​”only one race, the human race” as a microscopic invasion if anthropology and biology are accepted to redefine, because These areas of study consider this idea to be “fundamentally true”. “

“You’re taking a psychological issue and you’re projecting it on a sociological, biological science the way science is taught,” he said.

Psychiatrist Mark McDonald said that racism is no longer a barrier to success in this country.

However, since the media and government are pushing the idea that American society is suffering from a “crisis” of racism and requires a CRT, “then you can really justify any sort of irrational policy,” They said.

“What if you spend 12 years in critical race theory, theory; where will that lead? I don’t know. But it scares me.”

Jack Bradley is a daily news reporter for The Epoch Times based in Southern California.

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