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Bill Maher backs parents upset by CRT in schools


Bill Maher blasts academic’s ‘disingenuous’ claim that parents are angry about black history being taught in schools and says they’re outraged by CRT ideology describing kids ‘either as oppressed or oppressor’

  • Maher debated professor Michael Eric Dyson, a guest on his HBO show Friday
  • They discussed the reasons for the GOP victory in Virginia governor’s race 
  • Maher said claim parents don’t want black history taught is ‘disingenuous’
  • ‘They are not objecting to black history being taught. There are other things going on in the schools,’ said Maher, saying CRT divides children by race
  • Education was a key issue in Tuesday’s election, which Glenn Youngkin won










HBO Real Time host Bill Maher has defended parents who are opposed to Critical Race Theory in public schools, saying it is ‘disingenuous’ to suggest that they are upset with incorporating African American history into the curriculum.

During his panel discussion on Friday night, Maher debated Vanderbilt professor Michael Eric Dyson about the role parent frustrations played in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia, which GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin won.

Dyson argued that parents were outraged that black history was being ‘centered’ in schools, saying that they were ‘spooked’ by CRT even though ‘none of them can define it’.

Maher fired back: ‘I find that a disingenuous argument because I don’t think that is what people are objecting to… They are not objecting to black history being taught. There are other things going on in the schools.’ 

HBO Real Time host Bill Maher has defended parents who are opposed to Critical Race Theory in public schools

HBO Real Time host Bill Maher has defended parents who are opposed to Critical Race Theory in public schools

Vanderbilt professor Michael Eric Dyson argued that parents were outraged that black history was being 'centered' in schools, saying that they were 'spooked' by CRT even though 'none of them can define it'

Vanderbilt professor Michael Eric Dyson argued that parents were outraged that black history was being ‘centered’ in schools, saying that they were ‘spooked’ by CRT even though ‘none of them can define it’

Pressed for examples, Maher said that parents objected to ‘separating children by race and describing them either as oppressed or oppressor.’ 

‘I mean, there are children coming home who feel traumatized by this. That’s what parents are objecting to,’ he added.

Dyson responded by arguing that much of the public discourse over CRT is driven by conservatives who believe the controversial ideology will ‘make good publicity.’ 

‘It’s not critical race theory, it’s the notion of centering black people as historical agents,’ he said.

‘I think you are underestimating the anti-black sentiment that’s deeply entrenched that’s way beyond Trump. … It ain’t just Donald Trump, it’s the [Republican] party itself,’ added Dyson. 

In his monologue on Friday, Maher also addressed the election in Virginia, in which Youngkin defeated former governor Terry McAuliffe in a shocking upset for Democrats.

Republican Glenn Youngkin

Democrat Terry McAuliffe

Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated former governor Terry McAuliffe in a shocking upset for Democrats in the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday

Opponents of the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory protest outside of the Loudoun County School Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia earlier this year

Opponents of the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory protest outside of the Loudoun County School Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia earlier this year

Education became a hot-button issue in the race after McAuliffe said in a debate that parents shouldn’t have any say in what is taught in schools, follow parent protests over alleged CRT elements in education.

Democrats insist that CRT, which holds that racism is systemic in American institutions, is not taught in Virginia’s public K-12 schools. Republicans rubbish this claim as false and say there are clear elements of the ideology in the school system. 

‘Virginia people, the only race they want their kids to be learning about is NASCAR,’ joked Maher in his Friday monologue. ‘That seems to be the message.’

‘I think Democrats should study Critical Race Theory, which is the theory that it’s critical to win races,’ he added. 

Later, during the panel discussion including Dyson, the Vanderbilt professor doubled down on his argument that parents were actually upset about the inclusion of black history in the curriculum. 

'I think Democrats should study Critical Race Theory, which is the theory that it's critical to win races,' joked Maher

‘I think Democrats should study Critical Race Theory, which is the theory that it’s critical to win races,’ joked Maher

‘But that’s not all we’re talking about,’ Maher pushed back. ‘We’re talking about kids who seem to be too young sometimes to fully appreciate all this.’ 

‘I think if kids watched you, they wouldn’t know a lot of those words. So to ask them as opposed to letting kids be kids, maybe, where usually kids are pretty nice to each other if they’re instructed not to be,’ Maher said.

Brown University economics professor Glenn Loury also participated in the panel with a conservative perspective, arguing that ‘we need to be getting beyond race.’

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