Let’s be clear: the banning of critical race theory in public education is solely to protect a false image of America and uphold white supremacy.
It is clear by the way the bill has been written, that not only do lawmakers not have a thorough understanding of critical race theory, but their intentions are to cover up the truth about America’s foundation and force students into patriotism that isn’t constitutional.
America so badly wants to act like racism is one tiny bad thing that happened to this country, but it’s “fixed now,” and is no longer a problem.
None of this should be a surprise, however. America has been in the business of upholding whiteness and erasing Blackness since it’s founding. One of the key ways it has accomplished this is through public education.
Bills like these that will continue to pass will do nothing but communicate to POC that their lived experience, perspective, and daily struggle in a white supremacist society will never matter. When kids believe they don’t matter, they do not succeed.
This is not a coincidence. If our education system was truly anti-racist, it would do everything in its power to reverse the systems and structures that directly contribute to the education gap in Black and brown communities.
That’s not the goal of course, and we know this. America continues to prove to us every day just how racist it really is.
Yes, we must fight this. And, we will. But, also, raise anti-racist kids. Teach them the truth about our western society. Do the work at home to undo the damage done in schools.
You can either be actively anti-racist or racist. There is no gray area.

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Black folx live in constant danger of white tears, white privilege, white fragility, and white superiority all because of the false narrative this society created that WE are somehow the threats. It’s exhausting. It’s terrorizing. It’s trauma.
Personally, I’ve had several workplace experiences where my own emotions, struggles, or even simple mistakes that I made while trying to learn my job well were deemed punitive while I watch white counterparts receive pats on their backs for the same behaviors.
I know that at any moment when in an interaction with a white person, I am subject to becoming attacked, questioned, criminalized, tone policed, bullied, and more all while being told that I am the bully because I dare speak my mind, exude confidence, or showcase my humanity.
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