I also view CRT through the frame of weaponized conspiracy theory - b/c it plugs neatly into William S. Lind's "cultural Marxism" conspiracy theory construct, which was designed to unify elements of the right (evangelical right, racist right, etc.) under a single narrative.
I think, in terms of outraged citizens at town/school board meetings ranting about CRT, @pastordan is spot on. But like the "Nazi socialism" narratives floated in 2009 to gin up the base in advance of the 2010 election, CRT & closely related "cultural Marxism" consp. theory serve
3)...a strategic function too. Notice - in terms of @pastordan's hypothesis - people who are feeling loss of white cultural hegemony at a visceral level can seize on the caricature of CRT to attack efforts to educate about racism while claiming (or believing) they're anti-racist.
4)..that's exactly the stance pushed by some of the most virulent white supremacists in America - people like James Edwards, who was a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens when the CofCC's website propaganda inspired Dylann Roof to commit his racist massacre.
5) Smart white supremacists like Edwards push the narrative that people who position themselves as fighting against racism are the real racists. In this way, the push to demonize CRT elicits populist activism that can pull covert bigots towards overt racism. Especially if...
6)..white supremacist political organizers are around to cultivate people snowed by the falsified CRT narrative, with "hey, I really agree with you on that - isn't it ridiculous how the "anti-racists" are the *real* racists?" and pretty soon they're putting on the white hoods.

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