Stefanik claims CRT is being forced upon New York students

Stefanik lies, routinely. because she knows the tales she tells are what her republican constituents want to believe. They are willfully ignorant, thus poorly educated, and Elise likes ’em that way. — wfw


May 31, 2022 — 

This month, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has talked a lot about critical race theory (CRT), a framework for understanding racism as a systemic problem. Stefanik describes the theory as “radical and racist,” and claims New York State is using federal funds to force it on students.

The State Education Department says that claim is “patently false.” And political observers say it fits a pattern for Stefanik: importing far-right, national issues into the North Country.

The pattern has been underway for a long time. Stefanik amplified conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. In 2021 she posted campaign ads, accusing Democrats of colluding with immigrants to stage an insurrection. She falsely claimed New York’s school mask mandate was illegal. And in April and May, she made claims about critical race theory.

What do people mean when they talk about “critical race theory”?

For the conservative movement, CRT has become a catch-all for any educational materials related to race and bias. But it’s actually a pretty obscure legal and academic concept that doesn’t have a place in K-12 schools, according to Gloria Ladson-Billings, who helped bring CRT to the field of education. She tried to clear up some misconceptions in a video last year.


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