A mixed race couple from Chicago have condemned the controversial critical racial theory movement – arguing that it “hurts” the black community by victimizing people of color.
“When I hear the ideas of critical racial theory, they don’t remind me of my experience here in Chicago at all,” Takyrica Kokoszka, a black woman and a Chicago public school teacher, told Fox News.
Kokoszka and her white husband Martin live with their multiracial children in Oak Park, a liberal Illinois suburb.
The couple spoke to the point of sale about their experiences in the long-integrated neighborhood, where the local school administration tells teachers that “all schools are rooted in white supremacy” and that “racism … is really all around us”.
Oak Park actively integrated into the 1960s and 1970s thanks to years of local activities. Now the couple believe that critical racial theory is damaging this progress and “dumbing down” issues related to race and equality.
“Our school, which our children go to, has many questions from the community about why there are no more black students at the grade level,” said Takyrica.
“We’re trying to explain it away using Critical Race Theory. Instead of digging really deep and examining all the nuances associated with academic performance, we’ve watered them down. We have now swallowed the reason for ‘It’s because the system is racist’. “
In fact, the couple believe the Critical Racial Theory movement underestimates and oppresses people of color.
“We believe that it harms our black and brown community that the message is, ‘You are a victim. You can never make it until we tear down all of these systems and structures, ”said Martin.
“Black people have overcome slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow … and suddenly blacks can’t be successful?”
The controversial ideology is harmful and confusing even for multiracial children.
“Our children, are they half oppressors, half victims? How does that work? “Asked Martin.