Joy Reid is at it again.
The MSNBC anchor is stirring the racial pot with an oar. And, as usual, she is doing so while barely tethered to reality, if at all.
“Open question to those who are afraid of ‘critical race theory’ (which isn’t being taught in K-12 schools; it’s a course offering in law schools, but you clearly are conflating it with the #1619Project),” she asked via Twitter. “What do you WANT taught about U.S. slavery and racism? Nothing? Or what?”
Reid further hallucinated, “Currently, most k-12 students already learn a kind of Confederate Race Theory, whereby the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago imposed a version of history wherein slavery was not so bad and had nothing to do with the civil war, and lynchings and violence never happened.”
Is Joy Reid a journalist or a cartoon character? I fear it’s the latter. In her Looney Tune world, the Daughters of the Confederacy whitewash American history and make slavery appear as just another lifestyle choice.
In America, where I live, children learn about the evils of slavery and Jim Crow in history classes. They and other Americans watch televised depictions of and documentaries on slavery, via epic shows like Roots (1977 and 2016), Ken Burns’ The Civil War (1990), and Underground (2016-2017). The Silver Screen has sparkled with the Academy Award-winning Django Unchained (2012) and Seven Years a Slave (2013) and the Oscar-nominated Harriet (2019), among others.
American students focus on slavery during Black History Month, every February, when they also learn how Republican President Abraham Lincoln crushed the Democrat-run Confederacy and emancipated the slaves. Free black men and women overcame their shackles, often painfully, and have contributed mightily — and still do — to the transformation of America into the greatest country on Earth.
All of this is presented on the National Mall, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016.
Joy Reid’s bizarre claim about Americans being taught Confederate Race Theory T-bones into these facts. Who actually teaches such courses? Can Reid demonstrate that such (mis)instruction really takes place anywhere in this country?
It would be fascinating to see any evidence that Reid can offer to bolster her incendiary accusations. She likely will keep everyone waiting for such proof forever.
It’s well past time for Joy Reid to stop lunching with Daffy Duck and start living in America, with the rest of us.