A prominent Florida Democrat recently argued that parents who don’t want their children indoctrinated with the nitty gritty of the LGBTQ agenda or Critical Race Theory are simply bigots.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Florida state Sen. Shevrin Jones, an Orlando Democrat who is both black and gay, suggested that opposition to the sexualization of children and to the anti-white radicalism of CRT is rooted in little more than “racism and discrimination.”
“It’s a total attack on marginalized people in Florida,” Jones told the Post in commenting on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to roll back liberal indoctrination in classrooms.
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“There is an energy that is being spewed and being asserted in the name of politics or in the name of religious freedom or parental rights, but all in all, it’s racism and discrimination at its core.”
The Post’s article was primarily about how former President Donald Trump recently latched onto “the issues animating the conservative base most fervently” at the moment. The indication was that Trump is playing “catch up” on issues where GOP politicians like DeSantis and Govs. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma have been more forceful.
The Post, unfortunately, did not bother to ask Jones why it is acceptable for school districts or classroom teachers to implement lesson plans on gender ideology or sexual orientation to K-3 students — which is outlawed by Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
The Post also did not ask Jones to defend CRT, which was defined in a November 2021 article by the left-leaning Brookings Institution.
According to Brookings, CRT is not about accusing individual white people of being racists, but rather that “U.S. social institutions (e.g., the criminal justice system, education system, labor market, housing market, and healthcare system) are laced with racism embedded in laws, regulations, rules, and procedures that lead to differential outcomes by race.”
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In other words, the entire American system is racist, and minorities, especially blacks, are not responsible for anything that affects their own lives.
But if that is the case, what does that make white people who run or manage those systems, whether it’s DeSantis or a left-winger like President Joe Biden? The short answer is, racist.
It’s debatable whether Trump will catch up to DeSantis, Youngkin, and others, as the Post put it. But his spokesman nailed the reason why parents are gravitating to conservatives fighting these ideologies.
“These are not just culture war issues; these are American issues,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung told the Post in a statement.
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