As the Republican party continues to push back against critical race theory, a Boston University professor believes the GOP is "the party of white supremacy.”
In an editorial for The Atlantic, Ibram X. Kendi, Director of Antiracist Research at Boston University, criticized the Republican party for branding itself as the “party of parents.” By opposing race education, the GOP is grooming children to become white supremacists. according to Kendi.
”[The GOP] is stripping parents and educators of their collective ability to protect vulnerable children from being indoctrinated by—or victimized by—the scourge of white supremacy,” Kendi wrote in his article.
Kendi noted that Republicans representing themselves as the “party of parents” is a “myth” on the same level as “the great lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump,” Daily Mail reports.
“The Republican Party is not the party of parents raising girls, raising trans kids, raising kids of color, raising queer kids, raising poor kids, raising immigrant kids,” Kendi said.
The professor continued in his editorial, “The Republican Party is clearly not the party of parents. The Republican Party is certainly not the party of parents of color. But is the Republican Party even the party of white parents?”
According to Kendi, anti-racist education, like critical race theory, protects all children. At the very least, Republicans are supposed to care about white children, but banning critical race theory is harmful to all young people and stops them from learning about themselves and their histories, Kendi stated.
Kendi wrote that if GOP politicians cared about white children, "they would not be ignoring or downplaying or defending or bolstering the principal racial threat facing white youth today."
This follows Florida lawmakers passing the Stop WOKE Act, which banned critical race theory in schools and workplaces across the state. Kendi said that GOP politicians have justified the Don't Say Gay bill with "QAnon conspiracy theories about public schools being overrun by child predators who are "grooming" children to be gay.'"
While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has framed his Don’t Say Gay bill as an "anti grooming bill," the real threat of grooming comes from blocking anti-racist education, Kendi said.