Sunday, January 29, 2023

Tucker Carlson says he “never understood what a critical theory of race is.”

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson admitted on Wednesday that he does not understand what critical racial theory is, even though he has been stirring up a conservative culture war over it for almost a year.

“I never really figured out what Critical Race Theory was, to be honest, after a year of talking about it,” Carlson told Fox News political analyst Brit Hume, who argued that Critical Race Theory “brings race to life. our schoolchildren. “

Even if a critical theory of race is being taught to students, that is not his goal. The concept, developed by university scholars in the 1970s and 1980s, is based on the idea that racism is a systemic problem embedded in national institutions, creating an unequal playing field for people of color that still exist today.

Carlson and Hume discussed the main issues that led to the GOP taking over the top positions in Virginia. Ahead of the November vote, governor nominee Glenn Youngkin and other Republican candidates leaned toward the thorny issues of the culture war, exploiting false claims that Democrats introduced the teaching of critical race theory in Virginia schools.

Yangkin said he would ban the teaching of theory in Virginia schools. And while critical race theory isn’t part of the K-12 public school curriculum, it has proven to be a hot spot for conservative voters.

Fox News and other right-wing media have been promoting the concept for months, sometimes mixing it with any teaching of race in American schools or even expanding education for equality or diversity in the workplace. In June, a Washington Post analysis found that the phrase was featured more frequently in Fox News throughout the year, from 132 times in 2020 to over 1,860 times by June 2021.

“They teach that some races are morally superior to others,” Carlson said Wednesday. “That some are by nature sinful and some are by nature holy, and it is immoral to teach this because it is wrong.”

Carlson later said without proof that “schools teach your children that some races are inherently superior to other races.”

“This is the definition of racism. That some children are born with a stain of sin by nature, ” he said… “This is Nazi bullshit! It. It’s not American at all. ”

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