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MSNBC host Joy Reid took on Christopher Rufo, the think-tank "scholar" who claimed to be an expert on race because he works as a "scholar" at a conservative think tank. Speaking Wednesday, Reid got him to confess that he's neither an expert in race nor in law, which is where the idea of critical race theory is generally taught.
Rufo claimed that Reid was attacking him on air, which she corrected, saying that she was doing nothing more than reading the quote from his own documents.
Reid began by asking at what point "critical race theory" was invented, and he didn't know, saying sometime in the 1980s or 1990s. Reid cited the Harvard University paper in which it was first mentioned in 1981 by Professor Derrick Bell, who died in 2011.
She cited Rufo's "documentary" on critical race theory that cite professors or professorial types who he admits are academics who he claims are replacing equality with equity, which is a conservative charge Reid said she's been hearing since she was in high school. "To ending individual property rights and even to committing reverse genocide or calling for reverse genocide."
Rufo said that it wasn't true, which Reid said she would play the clip if Rufo allowed her to do it, but he wouldn't. He said that the term is counter genocide, a genocide perpetrated in retaliation to another genocide.
Rufo claims in his talking points that the father of critical race theory was Ibram X. Kendi, who told Reid that he wasn't a critical race theorist.
"I admire critical race theory but I don't identify as a critical race theorist. I'm not a legal scholar, so I wasn't trained on critical race theory," Kendi said. "I'm a historian and Chris would know that if he actually read my work or understood that critical race theory is taught in law schools. I didn't attend law school."
Rufo began to complain that Reid was citing things and not letting him answer, but she explained she wanted to go through her list of disputes.
Rufo claimed that he wasn't a political operative, but Reid rolled a video of Rufo speaking at the Claremont Institute on May 18 in which he called critical race theory a political "cudgel," meaning a giant political weapon. He went on to supplement his point by quoting Barbara Applebaum, who he said was a critical race theorist. She's, in fact, listed as being trained in philosophy and education and "her research is heavily influenced by feminist ethics, feminist philosophy, and critical race theory."
He also quoted American author Robin DiAngelo was another person he quoted, who did her thesis on whiteness in racial dialogues. She also is an education professor, not a critical theorist, according to her website.
"There are these very pathetic and very angry graduate students who try to fight me on these highly technical haggle interpretations," said Rufo. "I don't have time for this. Like I don't give a sh*t."
Reid noted that there again explains that critical race theory isn't something being taught in kindergarten, it's a graduate-level conversation among academics.
His argument fell apart from there.
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reid 1 www.youtube.com
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Ivanka and Jared's quiet 'distance' from Trump is part of a 'rehab tour' — but it will fail: Jim Acosta
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," correspondent Jim Acosta reacted to the news that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are silently moving to "distance" themselves from former President Donald Trump as he continues to lie about the 2020 election and push conspiracy theories about fraud.
"It is interesting that they try to distance themselves from Donald Trump because he could use a family intervention right now with the crazy conspiracy theories he is glomming onto," said Acosta. "Think about all of the different projects that Jared Kushner was in charge of at the White House. The coronavirus pandemic. Middle East peace. Criminal justice reform. Immigration, including the border wall. Navigate the politics of a wall on the border. Modernizing the government in addition to a campaign adviser."
"This sounds like a rehab tour on their part to rehabilitate the image somewhat because, as we know, they're not welcomed in polite society as they once were," continued Acosta, adding that such rehabilitation is "impossible" because "They were there for the ugly end to it all. Where are they now to say that what happened on January 6 was an absolute disaster for this country? They haven't done that, and how can they possibly separate themselves from the former president until they do?"
Jim Acosta on Jared and Ivanka's efforts to distance from Trump www.youtube.com
Ordained minister unleashes on 'mediocre mealy-mouthed snowflake white men incapable of taking criticism'
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson unleashed an epic sermon-like commentary denouncing people like Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Dan Crenshaw (R-NC) and Fox News host Tucker Carlson for losing their minds over a manufactured culture war around "critical race theory."
An ordained minister and Vanderbilt Divinity School professor, Dyson attacked the men for generations of people, telling children that they should strive to get into ivy league schools. Now, however, they're claiming that those people are somehow too smart or are part of the elite intellectual class. Dyson said that they need to decide which side they're on because it can't be both. People like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) are part of that intellectual elitism, something host Nicolle Wallace said she's counting on their supporters not to google.
"I resent as an intellectual and as a Black person in America that we have taken the brunt of anti-intellectualism," Dr. Dyson said. "We have borne the brunt of being disloyal to this nation. And we have stood by to see mediocre mealy-mouthed snowflake white men who are incapable of taking critique, who are willing to dole out infamous are reputations of the humanity of the other and yet they call us snowflakes? They are the biggest flakes of snow to hit the Earth! They are incapable of criticism. They are incapable of tolerating difference. They're scared of, oh, my God, critical race theory is going to kill your mother. They are not critical, they have no race and don't understand theory. Yet they are allowed to wax eloquently about the means and limits of rationality in this country and they couldn't save themselves if the world depended on it."
He went on to express how tired he was of mediocre white men like this. Those who "take to their pulpits to excoriate women and trans people and bisexuals and Black folk and every other that ain't them. It is time that we in America take back in the country for certain. and to seize the reins of authority so that rhetorics of compassion, discourses of empathy and love in the most radical sense possible would prevail. And that means we read everything."
He explained that he reads right-wing things every day, "and I ain't no right-winger." He said he wants to understand what drove the rage that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. "But it doesn't make me full of rage."
Reading opposing views appears to threaten Fox News or Republicans and the only reason that could be behind it is they're afraid that the opposing view might expose their own lies.
See the video below:
Michael Eric Dyson for the win www.youtube.com
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