Right-wing "critical race theory" attacks are supercharging a racist movement to undo decades of civil rights advancement - 2021-06-17
Modern right-wing media have periodically attacked and misinformed about both cultural and legal civil rights accomplishments in this country, and their current attempt to falsely brand all anti-racism efforts as "critical race theory" is a tactic out of that tested playbook. Brainwashing white students to obscure the long history of institutional racism in this country, which is now being not only proposed but legislated in response to this manufactured panic, is also nothing new.
Same too with semi-organic, or purely astroturfed, Republican voter groups and PACs promoted by Fox News for electoral gain and mobilization. These have been organized regularly since the tea party movement of the Obama years, and right-wing media were doing it even earlier for conservative groups attacking so-called "political correctness" in the 1990s.
Whether or not this current backlash, the political weaponization of white grievance by opportunists eager to push a right-wing agenda, ends up being part of something more violent, more influential, and more antidemocratic than similar periods past, is irrelevant to the fact that we are -- yet again -- at a moment of reckoning for the viability of our multiracial democracy.