On Friday, presenter and comedy writer Amber Ruffin used her “How Did We Get Here?” Segment to respond to critics of the Critical Race Theory. After months of legislation that changed the way K-12 teachers teach America’s history.
We are examining and defining critical racial theory while wondering: How did we get here ?! pic.twitter.com/faAucNbULv
– Amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) June 12, 2021
Amber Ruffin said news outlets do not give the best definitions of Critical Racial Theory in their coverage. Instead, she says, that sentence was whirled around by news organizations.
“Critical Race Theory: Everyone says it, but no one seems to agree,” said Ruffin at the beginning of her segment.
Some of the loudest opposition on the right have called this their goal. They want negative perceptions about these teaching methods to influence the ballot box. They want to “put all the different cultural maniacs under that brand category”.
We have successfully frozen your brand – “Critical Race Theory” – into the public discussion and are constantly driving negative perceptions upwards. We’re going to make it toxic eventually as we put all the different cultural maniacs under this branded category.
– Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 15, 2021
The activist Christopher Rufo Joy Reid wants to debate the subject for some reason. He points out the laws that became the meat of Ruffin’s segment and commends the use of “intelligent language” in these bills.
Outlets reporting these changes in education can do the same heavy lifting of telling this national story. This included face-to-face discussions with experts, affected communities and disadvantaged students.
NBC News Now correspondents have created plays that do just that. They brought together the controversy over the theory, decisions and political goals of the opponents. Now they treat the story with fewer jokes and tangents.
Amber Ruffin concludes her segment by highlighting a definition for Critical Race Theory and a possible reason why politicians might attack this method of analysis.
“But my theory is that some whites don’t want to change our education system because it works for them,” said Ruffin. So they could literally become Congressmen and Senators and people who make laws on American history without really knowing American history. “
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