Smith on critical race theory: Kids are ‘the ones that are going to be hurt’ – Radio host Ty Smith is convinced critical race theory instruction stands to teach all the wrong lessons to District 87 students.
“How to dislike each other, that’s pretty much all it’s going to come down to,” Smith said in a video posted to You Tube. “You’re going to deliberately teach kids this white kid got it better than you because he’s white. You’re going to purposely tell a white kid all the black people are down and oppressed. How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed? No mom, no dad in the house, I worked my way through college.”
Smith previously blasted the whole concept of a race-based curriculum as a “bunch of nonsense” and a harmful view of the world to convey to young children.
“What’s sickening about all this is what you’ll are doing right now is something I already do in my community because black folks are being told by other black folks you can’t do anything out there in the world because white folks aren’t going let you get nowhere,” Smith said. “How did I get where I am right now, what kept me down, what oppressed me?”
During a recent Fox News TV appearance, Smith said he grew up in a home where color was never discussed.
“This is what we’ve come to now,” he said. “King said he wanted his kids to grow up in a world where they are judged by the content of their character, not their skin,” he said. “This is a complete reverse, when February comes don’t talk about Martin Luther King, don’t talk about Black History Month.”
All across the country, the issue of critical race theory has sparked a national debate about the role of race and racism in school districts. Often compared by critics to actual racism, CRT is a school of thought that generally focuses on how power structures and institutions impact racial minorities.
Through it all, Smith argues one thing is clear.
“It all comes down to the ones that are going to be hurt from this being the kids,” he said. “This is something to talk about right now.”
In another sign of the times, Glenbard South High Principal Sandra Coughlin recently came under fire after leading families, guests and students at this year’s graduation in the Pledge of Allegiance while leaving out the phrases “of the United States of America” and “under God.”
Coughlin, who retired at the end of the school year, is being accused of putting her political views above the interests of graduates who were just looking to celebrate the day. Her omissions drew audible sighs and outrage from attendees.
Coughlin later apologized, saying she ‘fumbled’ the pledge. “I would never intentionally disrespect our great country, our flag, nor the men and women who have done so much to protect and defend our freedom.”