The Radical Capitalist Behind the Critical Race Theory Furor - 2021-08-13
More than 25 states have introduced legislation or taken other action that, backers claim, is aimed at banning "critical race theory" (CRT) from schools and government programs. Several states have already passed these bills, and discussion on this topic leads Fox News every night.
The common story about this surge of action is that this is a new "Tea Party" moment—a genuine uprising by grassroots Americans who are furious about CRT and demanding action from their state legislatures. But that story ignores the clear influence of a carefully built campaign by the network of radical free-market capitalist think tanks and action groups supported by billionaire businessman Charles Koch and his late brother David.
At least to some extent, Koch-funded entities have manufactured this cycle of outrage, and it is dangerous to ignore the role they are playing and their motivations. This is not just a guess. UnKoch My Campus did the research, and we know it's true. State politicians were almost entirely silent on the topic until the Koch network started pushing the issue earlier this year, months after it was first raised by Fox News commentators.