And it is this critical praxis that is the cause for many parents pulling their kids out of school. While they may not articulate it clearly, that is a good reason.
Nope. No K-12 schoolchildren are learning "critical praxis." They can't articulate it because it is not there.
I did not say they were "learning" critical praxis. They are engaged in praxis.
We are talking about public schools generally, where 4 out of every 5 teachers are non-Hispanic White. 78% of school board members are White. While I am sure you can find some kooky teacher somewhere preaching universal oppression by the whites- I refuse to believe that public schools are generally teaching that all minorities are oppressed in everything they do and that the American establishment must go.
An official resolution adopted by the NEA:
"RESOLUTION I-52: WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE
The National Education Association believes that, in order to achieve racial and social justice, educators must acknowledge the existence of White supremacy culture as a primary root cause of institutional racism, structural racism, and White privilege. Additionally, the Association believes that the norms, standards, and organizational structures manifested in White supremacy culture perpetually exploit and oppress people of color and serve as detriments to racial justice. Further, the invisible racial benefits of White privilege, which are automatically conferred irrespective of wealth, gender, and other factors, severely limit opportunities for people of color and impede full achievement of racial and social justice. Therefore, the Association will actively advocate for social and educational strategies fostering the eradication of institutional racism and White privilege perpetuated by White supremacy culture."
The benefits of white privilege are automatically conferred and perpetually exploit and oppress people of color. And we can't forget that the NEA pushes for teaching that racism is an historically rooted system of power hierarchies based on race — infused in our institutions, policies and culture — that benefits white people and hurts people of color.
Are you saying that the educational strategies of the largest teacher union in the nation are not being taught in public schools?
There is the game. You are misusing the term racism in order to insert your foreign definition into the conversation.
Nonsense. I'll rely on Mirriam-Webster:
1: a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2a: the systemic oppression of a racial group to the social, economic, and political advantage of another
2b: a political or social system founded on racism and designed to execute its principles
Please explain how Mirriam-Webster's definition of racism seems "foreign" to your and how your definition of racism differs.
I assume you are aware that definitions 2a and 2b were not added until June of 2020. However, there was at least one place we could already find the idea that racism should not be defined in restrictive terms of individual conscious thoughts and actions, but should rather be viewed as structural systems of oppression. And that place would be the writings of Derrick Bell, decades before Merriam-Webster hopped on the bandwagon.
variants: or ANTI-RACISM
Definition of anti-racist
: opposed to RACISM
Then defining anti-racism is entirely dependent on how you define racism. Prior to June of 2020, anti-racism would have strictly meant being opposed to individual prejudiced thoughts and actions. But now racism is being redefined in a way that is fundamentally the same as how Derrick Bell already articulated it. And since Bell saw racism as dependent on institutions and social practices, he would probably have agreed that anti-racism requires dismantling those entities rather than simply being opposed to conscious actions or beliefs of individuals.
So are public schools basing their definition of anti-racism on the original definition of racism, or the newly added definition as of June 2020?