The Anatomy of a Dog Whistle

The Governor’s Race in Virginia previewed the upcoming attractions for the GOP’s 2022 racing strategy. This preview looks very similar to Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” from 1968, with its main theme of racial segregation.

This year’s winner for the best film was the horror film Critical Racial Theory: The Revenge of the Awakened (CRT, short). In it, zombies disguised as teachers separated preschoolers into the oppressed and the oppressed. Others taught kindergarten teachers about a theory taught in some law schools that describes how discrimination was built into our legal system years ago in ways that we often go unnoticed.

While Virginia has some of the best public schools in the country, the curriculum isn’t quite as expedited. CRT has not yet found its way into the K-12 classrooms there or anywhere else.

The rights, however, have carefully and deliberately spent a fortune Trademark any discussion of race, from slavery to George Floyd, as a CRT and the branding of CRT, in turn, as a theory that teaches that white people and the United States are inherently evil and racist. That makes any discussion of race an attack on all whites and America. The Right Echo Chamber has used this fake branding to send angry parents to school council meetings across the country demanding that their children not be exposed to anything they are not exposed to.

Could the CRT myth used to sell the right possibly be true? No. It would take a real zombie edu cupypse. Teachers are a cross section of society who share the same diversity of party affiliations and racial attitudes as the rest of us. Like the rest of the population, few could even define CRT, let alone teach it to school children.

Do some teachers bring their prejudices into the classroom? Secure. We all take our prejudices everywhere, despite our best efforts to check them out at the door where they are inappropriate, and every bell curve has outliers whose views and actions are off the beaten path of the other 99 percent.

Many commentators are taking literally the pre-election and exit polls, which show that “education” is one of the most important issues for Virginia voters. But they misinterpret the data by ignoring a major problem with surveys: you can’t ask people conscious questions about unconscious processes.

Psychologists discovered decades ago that when you ask people why they prefer a candidate, a car, or a candy bar, they give you an answer, but they “tell more than they know”. Our brain makes complex decisions, such as voting, by integrating a series of conscious and unconscious assessments and associations. By definition, the only inputs to our decisions that we are aware of are the conscious ones.

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