Reason magazine senior editor Robby Soave’s reporting on the National Education Association first got them panicked, then he caught them in a cover-up attempt. On July 6th, Soave wrote a piece for Reason.com explaining “At its yearly annual meeting, conducted virtually over the past few days, the NEA adopted New Business Item 39, which essentially calls for the organization to defend the teaching of critical race theory.”
Soave’s Reason.com article also reports:
“It is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory,” says the item.
So, shortly after I published this, the National Education Association took down the web page showing the org's vote in favor of critical race theory. https://t.co/34KKCUWIVb
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) July 6, 2021
Consistent with its defense of CRT, the NEA will also provide a study “that critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society.”
The implication is that these critiques are aspects of critical race theory, which in a weird way makes this an example of the activist left basically accepting the activist right’s new working definition of CRT as “all of the various cultural insanities.”
Not long after the article was published, Soave tweeted, “So, shortly after I published this, the National Education Association took down the web page showing the org’s vote in favor of critical race theory.”
BREAKING: The nation's largest teachers union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts.
The argument that "critical race theory isn't in K-12 schools" is officially dead. pic.twitter.com/BMRDoAK0sA
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 3, 2021
Credit also needs to be given to a leading anti-CRT activist and Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Christopher Rufo, who on July 3rd tweeted the ‘New Business Item 39’ in its entirety. Rufo captioned the Item perfectly: “BREAKING: The nation’s largest teachers union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts. The argument that ‘critical race theory isn’t in K-12 schools’ is officially dead.”
Rufo also tweeted, “the union has also approved funding for ‘increasing he implementation’ of CRT in K-12 curricula and for attacking conservative groups who oppose CRT indoctrination. The teachers union has made critical race theory its #1 priority – and want to implement it nationwide.”