It was only a matter of time before the Alaska Legislature would get a chance to wade in on the latest leftest fad, Critical Race Theory.
Anchorage Republican Rep. Tom McKay of Anchorage has prefiled a bill for the coming legislative session to prevent Alaska’s public schools from instructing, adopting or adhering to tenets of Critical Race Theory.
The website mustreadalaska.com says McKay’s as-yet unnumbered bill states:
“A public school may not direct or otherwise compel a student to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to, or provide a course of instruction or unit of study that directs or otherwise compels a student to affirm, adopt, or adhere to, the following tenets: a given sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior;
(2) an individual should be treated adversely based on the individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin;
(3) an individual, by virtue of the individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, is inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.
(b) A public school may not provide a course of instruction or unit of study that teaches, the curriculum described by the New York Times’ 1619 Project.”
The controversial 1619 Project, named for the date Africans first arrived on American soil, frames U.S. history largely on the effects of slavery, and, sadly, is being used in schools and classrooms across America. Conceived by Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, it sought to place “the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” It has drawn fire from many historians.
The controversial CRT theory was born in a 1989 workshop put on by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda and Stephanie Phillips at the St. Benedict Center in Madison, Wis.. It holds race, instead of being natural and biologically grounded, is embedded in legal systems and polics and is a socially constructed concept whites use to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color.
CRT attempts to explain the concepts of white privilege, colonialism, and whiteness as a general concept. The theory supports the idea that racism is found in every transaction in life and that people, especially whites, are racist – even if they don’t know it.
Legislatures across the country have waded in, and measures similar to McKay’s have been proposed in at least 22 states. Five governors have signed anti-CRT bills into law: Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee.
Rational minds can only hope McKay’s measure gets a fair hearing in the Legislature; that it is discussed, dissected and debated before being adopted and eventually signed into law.
Battling racism by being racist seems somehow self-defeating. Critical Race Theory has no place in Alaska’s classrooms.