Joy Reid Says Kids Today Are Taught "Slavery Was Not so Bad", Gives CRT a Pass

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid is arrogant enough to believe the American people would buy that previous homophobic posts on an old blog of hers were simply hacked material and not her own writing. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that the TV host would also believe that Americans would actually buy that American school children aren’t taught the horrors of American slavery, and that Critical Race Theory is simply an effort to change that poor-quality education.

On Saturday, June 12, Reid proclaimed that “[c]urrently, most K-12 students already learn a kind of Confederate Race Theory, whereby the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago imposed a version of history wherein slavery was not so bad and had nothing to do with the civil war, and lynchings and violence never happened.”

This claim was part of a screed decrying conservatives for opposing Critical Race Theory being taught, and implemented, in public education.

As The Federalist’s David Marcus noted, “I was in 8th grade when we watched the entire documentary Eyes on the Prize in school. That was 1988. I’ve never forgotten it. This is such a baseless attack on our nation’s educators.”

Allie Beth Stuckey, podcast host and conservative author, stated, “No one, and I mean no one, is learning that ‘slavery was not so bad.’ You live in a mythical world, Joy, and you do not understand what’s happening in the realm of reality.”

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Twitter users rebutting Reid and sharing their own education they’ve received on the topic from public schooling.

Of course, the larger point here is not that Reid is an idiot or, more likely, a plain old liar.

Those aren’t new revelations.

The more important point is that leftists seem to genuinely believe that all Critical Race Theory implies is the teaching of racism in our country’s history.

But that isn’t what Critical Race Theory is at all.

Chris Rufo, perhaps the foremost leading thinker on the anti-CRT movement, lays out what CRT actually means via his definition from the “Critical Race Theory Briefing Book”:

Critical race theory is an academic discipline that holds that the United States is a nation founded on white supremacy and oppression, and that these forces are still at the root of our society. Critical race theorists believe that American institutions, such as the Constitution and legal system, preach freedom and equality, but are mere “camouflages” for naked racial domination. They believe that racism is a constant, universal condition: it simply becomes more subtle, sophisticated, and insidious over the course of history. In simple terms, critical race theory reformulates the old Marxist dichotomy of oppressor and oppressed, replacing the class categories of bourgeoisie and proletariat with the identity categories of White and Black. But the basic conclusion is the same: in order to liberate man, society must be fundamentally transformed through moral, economic, and political revolution.

However, Reid insists that conservative critics of CRT don’t truly understand what that term means. She recently tweeted, “None of these people who have made attacking Critical Race Theory their life’s work HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT CRITICAL RACE THEORY IS!!!!”

To that extent, Rufo challenged her to a debate. “Joy, let’s put your claim to the test. I will happily come on your show and debate critical race theory with you,” he responded via Twitter.

There’s no word yet on whether or not Reid will accept — though it seems doubtful.

Yet, her efforts to sanitize what CRT actually means, by equating it to accurate history about our country’s lowest points, indicate that she does not truly understand why CRT is so insidious and why it is the anti-thesis of the American founding. Reid would be wise to read Rufo’s CRT handbook to learn more on the topic.