The thing about privilege, IMHO, is that it breeds discontent in those who don’t have it, and sets the stage for a host of other problems. For instance, privileging some people with access to quality education, while leaving others to manage as best they can with sub-standard services is a social issue with consequences for us all. We see it in the arguments over the new vaccine – and we see it in the fights over CRT.
It seems some of us have a need to feel special, better than and more privileged than others – but when we share a planet or are crowded into boundaries called countries, inevitably we will rub shoulders and exert an influence on our experience as human beings.
Sometimes we are better off when things are shared, like quality educational services – because it takes decades to see the impact of what happens when we don’t.
“27 state legislatures and 165 national and local organizations have made efforts to restrict education on racism.”
“Lawmakers, parents, think tanks, and conservative pundits have waged a war over how to teach students about systemic racism. As of this recording, 27 state legislatures and 165 national and local organizations have made efforts to restrict education on racism. As a result, school board members have been ousted, and some educators have resigned over the death threats, social media bullying, and harassment they’ve received from those who are adamant that teaching a more inclusive history harms students.
“These activists and lawmakers have centered much of their anger on a framework called Critical Race Theory. Though they’ve used it as a catchall for wokeness, political correctness, and leftist indoctrination, the term actually refers to a body of legal scholarship from the 70s and 80s that says racism is not just a result of individual prejudice, but something embedded in the legal system and in government policy.
“Our guest today Kimberlé Crenshaw was among the scholars who developed the theory. She also coined the term ‘intersectionality,’ a framework that takes into account how a person’s identities combine to create unique forms of discrimination or privilege.
“She is a Distinguished Professor of law at Columbia University and at UCLA, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum at Columbia, and host of the podcast ‘Intersectionality Matters.’
“She joins us to help us understand the true meaning of Critical Race Theory and how it became a political flashpoint in schools and beyond.”
“Molly Kaplan is the Director of Multimedia for the ACLU and the host of At Liberty. She’s an Emmy-winning director who since 2012, has directed, executive produced, filmed, and edited hundreds of videos. Her work – in collaboration with some of the most talented filmmakers and animators…”
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