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- FINALLY: Congress Takes Steps to Rein in Big Tech’s Unchecked Powerby Kayla Sargent on June 24, 2021 at 9:15 pm
Republicans and Democrats have largely agreed that Big Tech has too much power. Yet, despite some agreement, the debate has raged on as Congress tries to determine how to hold companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google accountable. The House Judiciary Committee held a June 23 markup of six antitrust bills aimed at taking down Big Tech. Five of the six bills had some bipartisan support. Regardless, the first bill alone, the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021, spurred three hours of debate as discussions over the antitrust proposals stretched into the next day. The committee passed all six of the bills it considered after two days. The bills will all go to a vote before the full House. Democrats have largely pushed the antitrust proposals. “The bills that the committee will consider at today’s markup will pave the way for a stronger economy and a stronger democracy for the American people by reining in anticompetitive abuses of the most dominant firms online,” said Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Some Republicans, in particular, have appeared eager to take down Big Tech’s massive market power. “Big Tech has abused its dominance in the marketplace to crush competitors, censor speech, and control how we see and understand the world,” Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) said in a statement. “Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google have prioritized power over innovation and harmed American businesses and consumers in the process. These companies have maintained monopoly power in the online marketplace by using a variety of anticompetitive behaviors to stifle competition.” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), however, raised several issues with the bills. Jordan and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows acknowledged that Big Tech is “out to get conservatives,” but warned “the answer is not to marry Big Tech to Big Government,” Jordan also called out the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which would gain greater power under the proposed legislation. “These bills give power to the FTC, the new commissioner we all know is radically left,” Jordan told The Federalist. “I don’t really think it breaks up big tech and I don’t think it gives a remedy to people who are censored.” Whether or not Congress takes action against Big Tech, platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon may soon face their own judgment days. The Department of Justice and two separate state coalitions, have filed antitrust lawsuits against Google. Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon. Additionally, the FTC and a coalition of 48 attorneys general have sued Facebook for its alleged anticompetitive practices. Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.
- CBS Cheers Biden for Infrastructure Deal, Ignores Him Possibly Sinking Itby Nicholas Fondacaro on June 24, 2021 at 8:31 pm
CBS Evening News did their due diligence as a Democratic Party press shop Thursday, as they quickly lauded President Biden for the work a bipartisan group of lawmakers did in putting together a massive infrastructure package. “The road to this deal has been bumpy,” as senior White House correspondent Ed O’Keefe put it. But he abdicated his duty to report on how Biden had opened up a sinkhole and swallowing that road with a push for “human infrastructure.” “The road to this deal has been bumpy, but President Biden said the bipartisan plan unveiled today will create millions of new jobs and help rebuild broken relationships,” O’Keefe praised as he dove into some of the details the lawmakers agreed on: The $375 billion plan has new money for bridges, airports, train stations, public transit, and to expand broadband internet or rebuild power grids. Congress would pay for it in part by boosting the IRS’s budget to go after tax cheats, diverting billions in unused COVID relief funds, and by selling some of the nation’s strategic oil reserve. He noted that “some Democrats aren't happy” because the bill didn’t include the massive spending progressives wanted on their pet projects. “The President said that's his plan and remains optimistic it will happen,” O’Keefe noted before playing this soundbite of Biden expressing why he was confident both would pass: O’KEEFE: What is it about the conversations you’ve had recently with the Republicans that’s gave you so much hope? BIDEN: The people I was with today are people that I trust. I don't agree with them on a lot of things, but I trust them when they say this is a deal, we'll stick to the deal. But what O’Keefe failed to mention was that Biden’s new plan had caused some Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to sour on the infrastructure deal because it went against the agreement. Surprisingly, that’s where ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott came, pointing out Biden’s blunder on World News Tonight. “And President Biden says he won't give up on the so-called ‘human infrastructure,’ funding for child care and education that progressives want. He says he will push that through with just Democrat votes,” she told viewers. Scott then played this soundbite of herself pressing Biden on how he might have already sunk the bill: SCOTT: So by moving forward with this two-track system, are you putting the bipartisan bill in jeopardy? BIDEN: Everybody tells me what my party is, my party's divided. Well, my party is divided. My party's divided, but my party is also rational. If they can't get every single thing they want, but all that they have in the bill before them is good, are they going to vote no? I don't think so. “The President made it clear he will not sign one of these bills without the other,” Scott warned as she was wrapping up the segment. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling that strategy ‘head-spinning,’ saying it completely undermines the bipartisan agreement that was just reached.” CBS’s generous spin for President Biden was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from CarFax and Febreze. Their contact information is linked so that you can tell them about the biased news they fund. CBS Evening News has also asked people to text anchor Norah O’Donnell at this number: (202)217-1107. The transcripts are below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s World News Tonight June 24, 2021 6:47:23 p.m. Eastern (…) RACHEL SCOTT: The plan would not raise taxes. And President Biden says he won't give up on the so-called “human infrastructure,” funding for child care and education that progressives want. He says he will push that through with just Democrat votes. So by moving forward with this two-track system, are you putting the bipartisan bill in jeopardy? PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Everybody tells me what my party is, my party's divided. Well, my party is divided. My party's divided, but my party is also rational. If they can't get every single thing they want, but all that they have in the bill before them is good, are they going to vote no? I don't think so. [Cuts back to live] SCOTT: The President made it clear he will not sign one of these bills without the other. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell calling that strategy “head-spinning,” saying it completely undermines the bipartisan agreement that was just reached. Bottom line here, David, still a long road ahead. CBS Evening News June 24, 2021 6:44:26 p.m. Eastern NORAH O’DONNELL: And we’re going to have more on the search and the heroes here in a moment. But we're also following breaking news out of Washington where, tonight, there is a rare bipartisan deal on a sweeping package to overhaul the country's roads and bridges. CBS's Ed O’Keefe reports tonight from the White House. [Cuts to video] PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: We have a teal. ED O’KEEFE: The road to this deal has been bumpy, but President Biden said the bipartisan plan unveiled today will create millions of new jobs and help rebuild broken relationships. BIDEN: This reminds me of the days we used to get an awful lot done in the United States Congress. O’KEEFE: The $375 billion plan has new money for bridges, airports, train stations, public transit, and to expand broadband internet or rebuild power grids. Congress would pay for it in part by boosting the IRS’s budget to go after tax cheats, diverting billions in unused COVID relief funds, and by selling some of the nation’s strategic oil reserve. The President and negotiators agreed on the details but -- BIDEN: Neither side got everything they wanted in this deal, that's what it means to compromise. SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH): We didn't get everything we wanted. SEN. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-AZ): No one got everything they wanted in this package. We all gave some to get some. O’KEEFE: And some Democrats aren't happy. SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT): Paltry. Pathetic. O’KEEFE: Says they'll only support the new plan if Congress passes a more expensive Democratic budget resolution full of proposals like expanding childcare. REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): There won't be an infrastructure bill unless we have a reconciliation bill. O’KEEFE: The President said that's his plan and remains optimistic it will happen. What is it about the conversations you’ve had recently with the Republicans that’s gave you so much hope? BIDEN: The people I was with today are people that I trust. I don't agree with them on a lot of things, but I trust them when they say this is a deal, we'll stick to the deal. [Cuts back to live] O’DONNELL: And Ed is back with us from the White House. So Ed, I have to ask you, does this mean there may be movement on other agenda items that have stalled? O’KEEFE: Yeah, Norah, with the July Fourth holiday recess coming up, there appears to be eagerness to demonstrate bipartisan progress. Tonight, Democrats and Republican negotiating a major police reform bill say they also have an agreement in principle and will work out the details in the coming weeks. Norah. O’DONNELL: All right. Ed O’Keefe at the White House, thank you.
- Lemon Bemoans Lefty School Board 'Dealing With B.S.' of Parent Protestby Charlotte Hazard on June 24, 2021 at 5:32 pm
On Wednesday night, left-wing CNN host Don Lemon “interviewed” the chairwoman of Virginia's Loudoun County School Board, Brenda Sheridan, about a school board meeting that occurred Tuesday night before it was quickly shut down to public comment as parents and citizens rejected the teaching of radical critical race theory. “I know this has to be -- this is a very busy and frustrating time for you,” Lemon sympathized as he began the softball exchange with Sheridan. He wondered: "You were there last night. What did you think when this was happening?” “What was I thinking?,” answered Sheridan, “I never thought a school board meeting could ever erupt into such violence. We had a meeting two weeks prior on June 8th so we knew that tensions were high.” The alleged “violence” she was referring to was that two people were arrested after the police came to the board meeting and declared it an “unlawful assembly.” Those arrests did not occur until much later, after the board ended public comment because conservative attendees were cheering on other conservative speakers. Parents in Loudoun County came to speak out against Policy 8040 regarding transgender students and critical race theory being taught in the northern Virginia county's public school system. Many also attended the school board meeting to support Tanner Cross, a P.E. teacher who was fired for stating he did not support Policy 8040 and would not call kids by whatever gender pronoun they want. While a local judge ruled he could not be fired, the board has been trying to repeal that decision. “I hope that we are a reflection of the greater United States that our county is diverse and that we would celebrate that,” said Sheridan after Lemon asked her if Loudoun County taught critical race theory in schools. She dismissed the objections: “I think perhaps people can be uncomfortable with change of any kind.” “How frustrating is it for educators to be dealing with B.S?” Lemon wailed. Sheridan responded: Well, it's incredibly frustrating and the outrage it caused and passion it incites and the organized disruption has prevented us from being able to engage with the public and allow them to have that public comment where they're able to engage with the school board and express their concerns and feelings on any topic and so having to shut down public comment last night is the last thing we wanted to do. But we were not going to be able to keep the room safe. Lemon ended the interview by declaring: “Yeah. Brenda, best of luck to you. I'm sorry you're having to deal with this.” Don Lemon Tonight was brought to viewers by Facebook and Cadillac. Click on the links to let them know what you think. Here is a transcript of the June 23 show: Don Lemon Tonight 11:10:34 6/23/2021 DON LEMON: I want to bring in Brenda Sheridan. Thank you so much. I know this has to be -- this is a very busy and frustrating time for you. You were there last night. What did you think when this was happening? BRENDA SHERIDAN: What was I thinking? I never thought a school board meeting could ever erupt into such violence. We had a meeting two weeks’ prior on June 8th so we knew that tensions were high. It was our first in person meeting since COVID where we allowed public to stay in the room and we knew tensions were high over our transgender policy. We knew tensions are continuing to be high over the falsehood being promoted that we have CRT in our curriculum and we did our best. I did my best at the beginning of public comment when I introduced it to keep the crowd calm and to also set expectations that we were going to maintain decorum in the room and the video is not what happened. LEMON: Listen. Can we do fact checking? I was looking at something I want to share with you, if I have time. Let do some fact checking. Once people say critical race theory teaches children to hate one another. That's wrong. It teaches people to examine through the lens of race but before you get to where it is, is critical race theory even being taught in your schools? SHERIDAN: No, it is not. We have a session on our equity plan. We held a work session a couple weeks ago and I pointedly asked the superintendent and said is it being caught in our curriculum. Once again, over and over again it is no. LEMON: So, Brenda, 62 of your school are majority minority. Seven more are within a percentage of majority minority. Is this why you're seeing this backlash? SHERIDAN: I hope not. I lived in Loudoun county for 23 years and I truly hope not. I hope that we are a reflection of the greater United States that our county is diverse and that we would celebrate that. I think perhaps people can be uncomfortable with change of any kind. I really hope that this is not what is doing this. I hope that -- I hope that it is maybe coming out of the pandemic and people were having trouble coping and someone latched on to this and it's erupted. LEMON: Okay. This is coming from a conservative think tank, a Heritage Foundation and they have an entire page dedicated to critical race theory including institutionalizing across American society and purging whiteness to purge capitalism and the left is implementing critical theory in schools. If you combine that with what you see on the Fox News channel when it comes to CRT, these kind the of places where this misinformation is coming from. SHERIDAN: I believe so. I believe that Loudoun county in particular in our school system is being used as a hub to promote these falsehoods and it is unfortunate because we are a stellar school system. We are one of the top school systems in the country, and we are being promoted as something we are not, teaching something we are not and asking people to reflect their own lives and the ease with which they are able to succeed compared to someone who has been part of the marginalized group is uncomfortable. LEMON: Yeah. SHERIDAN: But it is a good practice and something we should teach our youth. LEMON: This is what I said if I could get to it. I won't say exactly where it is or who it is but it may change the -- I'm not going to say names here. I'm wondering how frustrating this is because when your job is to teach kids. I got in from a friend that says a couple months ago, my sibling who is -- who works in a public school system I won't say where is part of a workshop held by teachers, standard and dealing with kids and parents that might come from different backgrounds two. Days later one of the school board members who happens to be I won't say what they do wrote a letter in the paper saying they were teaching critical race theory. My sibling gave them the entire curriculum of the workshop, wanted to give them and they declined and didn't want it. Never really heard of it and they spent three months, the person that works in the school system at a series of meetings telling people they are not teaching it because they are not teaching it. It occupies so much of my sibling's time and energy three months on ward when they are not teaching it. How frustrating is it for educators to be dealing with B.S. They're not even teaching because it's being stirred up by politicians and propaganda on so-called news networks? SHERIDAN: Well, it's incredibly frustrating and the outrage it caused and passion it incites and the organized disruption has prevented us from being able to engage with the public and allow them to have that public comment where they're able to engage with the school board and express their concerns and feelings on any topic and so having to shut down public comment last night is the last thing we wanted to do. But we were not going to be able to keep the room safe. LEMON: Yeah. The tension in the room was explosive like you said. I cut you off. SHERIDAN: It was. LEMON: Yeah. Brenda, best of luck to you. I'm sorry you're having to deal with this.
- Reina la desinformación en informes hispanos sobre derrota de H.R. 1by Kathleen Krumhansl on June 24, 2021 at 5:19 pm
La derrota el martes de la llamada "Ley para el Pueblo", o H.R.1, por los republicanos del Senado, no cautivó a los medios en español de la nación, donde televidentes vieron un gran total de 24 segundos en el aire sobre el fracaso del polémico proyecto de ley, y eso durante la edición de nocturna de Noticias Telemundo. El mutismo confirma la tendencia de silencio y desinformación, tal y como MRC Latino informara en un estudio sobre la cobertura mediática al HR1 que se publicó en mayo. Observe la retórica sesgada antes y después del filibustero del Partido Republicano para avanzar con el proyecto de ley, en éste vídeo de dos informes de Univisión y Telemundo transmitidos el 22 de junio de 2021: ALAN TACHER, DESPIERTA AMÉRICA: Y esta mañana, el Senado está listo para votar sobre el proyecto de ley electoral. Y legisladores demócratas se unen para lograr su aprobación, argumentando que quieren garantizar el derecho al sufragio a más personas en los próximos comicios. PERO...esto no convence al Partido Republicano, el cual parece a esta hora estar dispuesto a hacer todo lo posible por bloquear esta propuesta y toda aquella que amplíe el papel del gobierno federal en las elecciones. [...] JULIO VAQUEIRO, TELEMUNDO: La reforma electoral del presidente Joe Biden chocó hoy con el bloque unánime de los republicanos. La ley, conocida como “For The People Act”, buscaba contrarrestar las limitaciones al voto que existen en muchos estados. Catorce estados han aprobado leyes que limitan el voto a las minorías hispana y afroamericana. El proyecto demócrata no alcanzó los sesenta votos que necesitaba para llegar a la Cámara Alta. Tacher, de Univisión, enmarca el informe al presentar el proyecto de ley demócrata como uno que garantizará “el derecho al sufragio a más personas en los próximos comicios". Según el anfitrión, esto no convence a los republicanos que bloquearán todos y cada uno de los proyectos de ley de votación que "amplíen el papel del gobierno federal en las elecciones"; al menos acertaron esa última parte. El único informe de Telemundo machaca la posición de la Casa Blanca en torno a que la ley H.R. 1 (S.1) contrarrestará las limitaciones de voto que existen en muchos estados que "han aprobado leyes que limitan el voto a las minorías hispana y afroamericana". Una afirmación que no solo carece de veracidad, sino que insinúa que "las minorías y ciertos grupos" son incapaces de conseguir una identificación para votar. Ausente en los medios hispanoparlantes es que su apoyo masivo al proyecto de ley se fundamenta en sus propias ambiciones: presionar para la eliminación de la identificación de votantes, y para la aceptación del registro de votantes de personas menores de 18 años de edad. Disposiciones que les abren la puerta a millones de ilegales que buscan entrar al país, asegurando así la permanencia en el aire de dichos medios. Esta campaña de desinformación llega a los medios latinos gracias a anunciantes como Comcast.
- Joy Reid Trashes Conservative Parents Who Oppose Critical Race Theoryby Bridget O'Neal on June 24, 2021 at 4:48 pm
It is no surprise that MSNBC would yet again attack conservatives for opposing their radical education agenda. On Monday night’s episode of The ReidOut, host Joy Reid and critical race theory founder Kimberlé Crenshaw ranted about the GOP’s “freak-out” and “call to arms” over the highly controversial topic. Reid began the segment by showing a clip of Republican leaders speaking at a Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference about the danger of teaching critical race theory. Instead of analyzing the effects of teaching such radical ideas or the actual reasons behind the recent criticisms, Reid declared: This is the result of a highly manufactured strategy created by seasoned political operatives looking for the perfect wedge issue to take back power, something to combat the energy of the multiracial coalition that took Georgia, and something to replace Blue Lives Matter, since January 6th exposed that slogan as a sham. Conservatives in Congress took note and started chattering, which was then ingested into the feeder system of Fox News. The tagline disseminated, and the war against critical race theory took off. In a typical leftist fashion, without evidence, Reid smeared conservative parents as liars for saying kids are taught critical race theory in schools. She even attacked parents for addressing their concerns to school boards, claiming they are activists not just parents: “...A lot of these parents that are showing up at school boards inveighing against their children being taught that they’re racist, it turns out they are actually Republican activists, not just regular old parents.” It is obvious her concern is that parents are finally standing up against radical leftist policies and fighting for the sake of their child’s education because she would have no problem with any form of progressive activism. Reid also failed to recognize that since education is a state and local issue, parents have every right to attend school board meetings. Crenshaw weighed in with her opinion on the right’s fight against critical race theory: “It is a backlash effort to reverse the racial reckoning unlike any we have seen in our lifetime.” She warned viewers that the "anti-racism as racist" framework will win again and urged them to “wake up and have a sense of what is at stake.” Earlier in the segment, Crenshaw admitted she wanted CRT to be taught in even more schools. This statement proves that the ultimate goal of the left is to promote their policies as the truth and silence any conservative voices who speak out against them. This segment was brought to you by WeatherTech and Credit Karma. Click on the links to let them know what you think. Below is a transcript of the segment, click "expand" to read: The ReidOut 6/21/2021 7:33 p.m. EST JOY REID: Some of you may be wondering, what’s the deal with the GOP freak-out over critical race theory? It’s everywhere and was even used as a GOP call to arms at a conservative Christian conference last week. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): The old Marxism used economics to gain control. The new Marxism, the new Marxism uses identity politics. And the result is something that looks nothing like America. There’s no reason to believe that this new Marxism will result in anything but what the old Marxism resulted in. MIKE PENCE: Critical race theory is racist, pure, and simple. And it should be rejected by every American of every race. SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): And let me tell you right now, critical race theory is bigoted, it is a lie, and it is every bit as racist as the Klansmen in white sheets. (END VIDEO CLIP) REID: OK, but here’s the thing. None of this is random. This is the result of a highly manufactured strategy created by seasoned political operatives looking for the perfect wedge issue to take back power, something to combat the energy of the multiracial coalition that took Georgia, and something to replace Blue Lives Matter, since January 6 exposed that slogan as a sham. Conservatives in Congress took note and started chattering, which was then ingested into the feeder system of Fox News. The tagline disseminated, and the war against critical race theory took off. No one wants a boogeyman near their kids, and certainly not in their classrooms. The operatives know this. Those fears got played up. And now, along with the fear of trans kids taking over junior high handball, parents are fighting with school boards in cities and towns across the country over curricula that they believe teaches white kids that they are racist. None of this is actually happening. But who cares about a little old thing like the truth, when you have the perfect campaign buzzword for 2022? It even has the magic word in it, race. And joining me now is Kimberle Crenshaw, co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum, and the legal scholar who coined the term critical race theory. Ah, so it is your fault, madam. You know, I tripped over the curb this morning, and I went, critical race theory, damn you, you tripped me on the curb. You did it -- it does everything bad. And the cicadas, y’all really need to stop with the cicadas, critical race theory. That was not nice. KIMBERLE CRENSHAW: You can throw everything in the bag, everything in the bag. REID: So, I just wrote down a few of the notes of what people are calling critical race theory: Marxism, racism, bigoted. Let’s start with the Marxism. That’s their favorite one. They’re using that every single time. And I hate to ask you, I hate to ask dumb questions. So, please don’t think that I’m dumb. Is critical race theory Marxism? CRENSHAW: Well, you know what? Here’s --- here’s the thing, Joy. Critical race theory is not so much a thing. It’s a way of looking at a thing. It’s a way of looking at race. It’s a way of looking at why, after so many decades, centuries, actually, since the emancipation, we have patterns of inequality that are enduring, they’re stubborn. And the point of critical race theory originally was to think and talk about how law contributed to the subordinate status of African-Americans, of indigenous people, and of an entire group of people who were coming to our shores from Asia. And the point was, quite frankly, to understand the problem in order to intervene in it, to understand why the greatest hopes for our republic were not being realized, even though these hopes were encoded in law. So, critical race theory just inherits the beliefs and the hopes of Frederick Douglass, of Martin Luther King, who basically want the law to do for the freed people what the law did for enslavers. And we picked that up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, after the civil rights movement, to say, Okay, so now we have had this big civil rights movement. We have all these laws on the books, but things really aren’t looking as different as they should, if we are really the society that we say we are. So we put about the task of understanding how law wasn’t just the neutral referee. Law wasn’t always on our side. In fact, law was less on our side than for on our side. And we wanted to tell these stories in order to do better with the promises that are embedded in the Constitution. That’s what’s in critical race theory. REID: So, is critical race theory, does -- is there a K-12 curriculum that right now is being taught? I’m sorry. I know it’s dumb question. But is there a K-12 curriculum on critical race theory that’s being taught in schools around this country? CRENSHAW: Well, look, Joy, if it was news to most Americans that critical race theory was in K-12, it was news to me, too. I’m one of the co-authors of one of the few books on critical race theory. I think I would know if we were being taught in K-12. I mean, basically, critical race theory, classic critical race theory is a law school course. And it’s really not taught as widely as I would hope it would. REID: Yes. CRENSHAW: But here’s the deal. This is not about whether anything called critical race theory is in K-12. What they’re calling critical race theory doesn’t exist anyway. It is a backlash effort to reverse the racial reckoning unlike any we have seen in our lifetime. And, as you pointed out at the beginning, they can’t say, we’re for racism. They can’t say Derek Chauvin should have killed George Floyd with his hand in his pocket, looking like he was completely without a care in the world. They couldn’t say that. So, they looked around and found of a strange-sounding theory that they could put all of the grievances and resentments in and mobilize people around this boogeyman. REID: Yes. CRENSHAW: And if our side can’t really understand what’s going on, it’s going to work. It’s worked in the past. REID: Yeah. CRENSHAW: It worked in Reconstruction, and it can work to end this reckoning too. REID: And a gentleman named Christopher Rufo, who’s very vigorously requested to be on the show, we’re going to take him up on it and let him come on this week and invite him on. He literally said: "We have successfully frozen their brand, critical race theory, into the public conversation and are steadily driving up negative perceptions. We will eventually turn it toxic, as we put all the various cultural insanities under that brand category." To wit, FOX News has mentioned critical race theory nearly 1,300 times in the past three-and-a-half months. And we have now discovered that a lot of these parents that are showing up at school boards inveighing against their children being taught that they’re racist, it turns out they are actually Republican activists, not just regular old parents. CRENSHAW: Big surprise there, right? REID: Yes, it is not -- not surprising at all. So I guess my last question to you would be, what do you worry is sort of the purpose of what they’re trying to do? This is political. It is about getting out the white voters in 2022. Is there a bigger risk to naming critical race theory as some sort of Marxist plot? CRENSHAW: Well, of course. The biggest risk is that this tried and true framing of anti-racism as racist against white people is going to win again. It won at the end of the civil war when civil rights were framed as reverse discrimination against white people. It won after Brown versus Board of Education when integration was framed as damaging of white children. And it could win now if people don’t wake up and have a sense of what is at stake. So, yeah, you’re going to hear all these stories, cherry-picked stories. Turns out a lot of them were not verifiable that the other side is putting out there. You’re not going to hear, and you should, what is happening with these. You’re not going to hear that. An essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates was the reason why a school teacher was fired. You’re not going to hear about the affinity groups in colleges and universities, and the programs, the educational programs that are being canceled. So we need to see materially what this is doing in order to weigh into this. If anyone was mobilized by last year, if anyone is concerned about what they saw January 6th, then you are on our side with this and you need to get involved.