Thanks again to @NPRCodeSwitch and @geedee215 for including @1GillianFrank1 and me on their CRT podcast.

Here’s a #HotTubTimeMachine thread on what the anti-CRT movement looked like 100 years ago.

Wasn’t pretty back then either.…
In the 1920s Klan goons insisted that public schools must remain “theirs.” They disrupted school-board meetings and pushed flags and bibles on local schools.…
The Klan said they were defending white children from dangerous ideas about Jesus and racism.

One pamphlet showed a Klansman riding to the rescue of the local public school…
As their leader proclaimed, public schools “will grind out Americans like meat out of a grinder.”…
Klan leaders backed a new set of textbooks. The Klan Govnr in Oregon called their books “the finest history of early America that we have ever had.”

But the books were so bad they got yanked right away.…
The Klan goal in the 1920s was to keep public schools the domain of white Protestants.

No other histories were allowed.

No one else was allowed to think of themselves as “100% American.”

Sound familiar?

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More from @AdamLaats

1 Jul
It’s history, not science.
It’s racism, not religion.
But kudos to @juliacarriew for highlighting the biggest precedent of all for this anti-CRT freakout.…
The creationism fight has eerie parallels to today's CRT BS.
Exhibit A: KY’s 1922 anti-evol bill.
It was SO broad and confusing.
It would have banned any book from any public library that might "weaken" religion, even "indirectly."
Back then, too, experts were flummoxed.
Exhibit B: Princeton’s Edwin Conklin in the @NYTimes:
Bryan was trying to “repeal a law of nature with a law of KY.”
Anti-evol didn't make sense, but it didn't matter.
Anti-CRT makes no sense, but...
Read 4 tweets
4 May
Thanks to @laurameckler @hannah_natanson for their coverage of the CRT frenzy.
It might seem like it came out of nowhere.
Here’s a thread on the history.…
It’s more than talk. 8 states have debated bills to fight the phantom CRT menace.
The bills would ban stuff like this:…
In the 20th century, as historians like @HartmanAndrew @nataliapetrzela @MicNick11 @Randall_Stps @DianeRavitch Jon Zimmerman (and me) have noted, schools saw campaigns like this over and over.
Imagined threats. Drastic responses.…
Read 8 tweets
4 May
"Easily"? wasn't easy. But kudos to @michelleinbklyn for this piece on the fake-CRT frenzy. @HartmanAndrew @nataliapetrzela @ScribnerUMCP Jon Zimmerman (and I) have explored the history...…
Why don't more people know the long history of the Ed Right? As @MicNick11 noted, it's partly because the activists involved were often women.…
Sometimes today's anti-CRT freakout is almost a quote of older Ed Right talk.
E.g. Mel and Norma Gabler, c. 1986:
“Your tax dollars pay for the textbooks that glorify Marxist revolutionaries and their revolutions.”
Read 4 tweets
15 Mar
The news by @ElizRedden is sad but not surprising.
LGBTQ students don’t feel at home at anti-LGBTQ Christian colleges.
Why don’t colleges do more?
It’s not so simple. (THREAD warning)…
I said it in my book, Fundamentalist U: There’s lots of pressure from the Right edge.
Tuition dollars are tight.
Why would anti-LGBTQ parents shell out $$$ for a pro-LGBTQ college?…
Plus, there can be HUGE payouts for holding the anti-LGBTQ line.
Gordon College got $75.5 MILLION.
Every Christian university president noticed.…
Read 8 tweets
14 Mar
Anyone ready for some depressingly predictable history?
Turns out the Noble confession from Chicago is only the latest in a long tradition of cruel extra punishment in schools for Black kids. (Thread warning.)…
The first urban school reform in the USA was all about controlling poor kids. White reformers assumed Black kids needed extra control.…
The lead reformer back then, Joseph Lancaster, claimed not to see any problem with shackling Black kids together and making them parade backwards around his classroom.…
Read 4 tweets
24 Mar 20
Now it looks like @libertyU vs everybody.

How does this flip the historical script? A lil thread:…
Back in the 1940s, even hard-core Fundamentalist U sometimes put ideology in the back seat.
Exhibit A: in 1946, Bob Jones College grabbed as much army-surplus as it could, in spite of BJC’s generally leery attitude about the feds.
Exhibit B: In one famous case, though, Bob Jones clung to its conservative, segregationist ideology WAY longer than other white southern fundamentalist colleges. How did that work out?
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