Every time the media says "woke" and "critical race theory," they're losing. Let's force them to keep repeating the words, until they're run into the ground.
It's also intellectually honest and coherent: "woke" derives from the theory of critical consciousness; "critical race theory" is the discipline driving much of left-wing policy and pedagogy in the United States. If their brands have become toxic, that's their problem.
Politics requires discipline, patience, and repetition. We've made the connection between signifier ("critical race theory") and signified (left-wing racialist ideologies), and persuaded the general public to accept the relationship as valid. Now we wield it as a weapon.
We have developed a language of power and precision. We should let the left dissemble—"critical race theory is not in schools," "white people can't use the word 'woke'"—as it reinforces their image as elitist, pedantic, and condescending. Seize the advantage. Press them.
The man who understands the language game better than anyone is @wokal_distance. He gave an incredible lecture on semiotics and Derrida this summer. Much to ponder.
The lecture wasn't recorded, but maybe we can convince @wokal_distance to do a livestream.

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30 Oct
Terry McAuliffe's closing argument is that critical race theory is a "racist dog whistle" that has "never been taught in Virginia." But I can debunk this lie—and prove that McAuliffe himself was the first Virginia governor to promote CRT.

Let's go.🧵
In 2015, then-Governor McAuliffe's Department of Education instructed Virginia public schools to "embrace critical race theory" in order to "re-engineer attitudes and belief systems." They explicitly endorse CRT—he can't wiggle out of this one with word games.
Under the Northam administration, Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane sent a memo to Virginia public schools endorsing "Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education," calling it an "important analytic tool" that can "further spur developments in education."
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SCOOP: AT&T Corporation has created a race reeducation program with materials claiming that "racism is a uniquely white trait" and teaching employees: "White people, you are the problem."

Here's the full story.🧵
I have obtained a cache of internal documents about the company’s initiative, called Listen Understand Act, which is based on the core principles of critical race theory, including "intersectionality," "systemic racism," "white privilege," and "white fragility."
AT&T company instructs employees to study a resource claiming that the United States is a "racist society" and telling readers: "White people, you are the problem. Regardless of how much you say you detest racism, you are the sole reason it has flourished for centuries."
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The media is doubling-down on the narrative that "critical race theory isn't in K-12 schools." So I'm going to put together a thread debunking this claim and showing you exactly what's happening in classrooms across the country.

Buckle up. 🧵
First, the founder of critical race theory, Kimberlé Crenshaw, recently admitted that critical race theory "originated in law schools," but then migrated to the K-12 education system—which, she says, is "a good thing." ImageImage
Here's another critical race theory co-founder, Richard Delgado, boasting that CRT has colonized education. He said the theory is "livelier in education right now than it is in law"—and this was ten years ago.
digitalcommons.law.seattleu.edu/cgi/viewconten… Image
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The NSBA's gambit to label parents "domestic terrorists" has collapsed. Their organization has splintered, their strategy has backfired, and their board has been forced to apologize.

I'm going to explain exactly how we did it.🧵
First, when the letter came out, we immediately framed the narrative on social media that the NSBA and AG Garland wanted to "label parent domestic terrorists." My initial tweet did 14 million impressions, sparking a week-long media cycle that exploited their reckless language.
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The fight against critical race theory is reaching a crescendo. My colleagues at the @ManhattanInst have created some incredible resources for parents and policymakers. Let's review.🧵
First, the great @JamesRCopland has created the gold standard for state legislation, designing a bill that promotes transparency, gives parents an opt-out, and protects students against race essentialism and compelled speech.
Second, @CharlesFLehman has released this toolkit for parents, defining the key terms of critical race theory, explaining how parents can get organized, and providing specific action items for success.
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Buckle up.🧵
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The program begins with the claim that the United States is a "white supremacy system," designed by white Europeans for maintaining "white skin access to power and privilege." Whites are thus subjected to "racist conditioning" that indoctrinates them into "white supremacy."
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