I call it BS spread starting around mid 2020 to distract from the poor performance the US President was having in combatting COVID-19 and to fight against non-patriotic histories of the United States that say negative things about our past.
A quick search for critical race theory in google trends confirms
If it was so damn important, SOMEBODY would have talked about it before. But no. There’s a flurry of activity in the late 1980s, then almost nothing at all until then because it was a high-minded course only taken by some high level lawyers interested in US law trends.
Now it’s the catchall boogeyman phrase for anything that says “America has a checkered history with [subculture / group]”, which is simply historical fact.
Which educators are doing it? Any particular universities?
It’s not happening in lower schools. American public schools are overwhelmingly conservative places. NOTHING changes in them
I wouldn’t have minded him but I didn’t like what he did with the mythology / heritage / dna / evolutionary psychology / and mushed-together confused political stance that’s vague darts thrown but not substantial — it’s like a word magician; “don’t analyze too closely what I’m saying ,just get a feel for it”.
I mean there’s young men that need direction in life that need help and order and focus. Mental health is a big deal and poorly addressed, particularly in young men. He certainly found the reach and GENERALLY his “12 step program” style clean your room / get your life in order isn’t awful from what I’ve seen — it’s just kinda of mixed together with a lot of his pet ideas. I dunno..
I kind of have to accept his reach at this point. His influence is permanent on a generation now and hopefully what’s good out of his messages does its thing and the rest… well.. just I dunno, fades off.
Rosenbaum’s history carries no weight here. Whether you think someone is a valid or invalid human being is invalid here. Whether Kyle Rittenhouse murdered with intent is what’s valid here.
Alan can correct some of it too as this is a weirdness of US laws:
In the USA there’s something called the “Castle Doctrine': A man’s domain is his castle and can be defended – in some places to the death. Something like that.
It’s applied differently in different states. Some political forces in the US want to weaken and others to strengthen Castle Doctrine laws to apply to greater and greater situations, allowing anyone to commit murder at will for any citizen who feels threatened in any way and call it justifiable homicide.
There’s limits in different states.
This case absolutely STRETCHES the notion of Castle Doctrine to attempt to include a minor who travelled across state lines with a semi-automatic rifle to defend territory that was in no way, shape or form “his castle”.
But by winning this case, and I have no doubt he will win, it will give room to stretch Castle Doctrine to include interstate situations such as this as this will establish precedence to be used in future cases.
Wisconsin just recently expanded their Castle Doctrine in 2011: “The Castle Doctrine allows you to use deadly force as a form of self-defense in three places: your home, your vehicle or your business.”
So, by casting Kyle Rittenhouse as a defender of other people’s castles he becomes a hero for Castle Doctrine – a greatly expanded one.
Yeah they have a reasonable-ness law.
If Castle Doctrine laws applied, which it looks like they don’t, he would have had a much much stronger case.
That explain his absolute REFUSAL to answer the prosecutor’s question about whether he realized that pointing a gun at someone will cause them to fear you.
Yes. He was very very well coached by his attorneys here.
If Rittenhouse admits that he knows that the person he pointed the gun to felt fear, that means Rittenhouse know in that moment that he was in charge of the situation and had full intent to shoot and kill.
Yeah. The US allows for volunteer militia groups to form and act in certain situations.
How that is interpreted however, changes through the years and locations.
Generally, what we call the “National Guard” is interpreted as “State Militia” groups and they are sent out by the Governors of States to defend local territory, since our military is not allowed to fight on our soil, only foreign soil.
However, there’s nothing set in stone that that’s the only meaning of militia. So that’s where things get wonky.===
Yup. But in the USA some areas are making it illegal to teach that genocide occurred on US soil as they are calling it “Critical Race Theory”.
It’s not but that’s what they’ll call it. Already they’ve removed some significant Indian genocide events that I learned in school in the 1980s from some US textbooks. – and I only learned of a few of them in school.