Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.” — Aristotle

Politicians will jump on anything that will help their cause, true or false. Recently the discussion of ‘Critical Race Theory” (CRT) has been a hot topic in politics. It also has spilled over into school board meetings across the nation with parents crowding the meeting rooms mad enough for steam to be pouring out their ears! It is not unusual to find a school board being berated on this subject when their school isn’t, and hasn’t, taught it. We also find that many of those protesting the teaching of this subject matter didn’t know any more about it than we did. It is amusing to watch a TV reporter start an interview with one of these protesters whose knowledge of CRT equates with ours and they not only can’t give a detailed definition for CRT, but admit they have no idea what it is about, but still don’t like it being taught in the schools. We have not heard of any of these protests in our area, but just in case it happens we want our readers to at least know what they are protesting if they decide to get mad. To get out of the uninformed group, and help our readers do the same, we Googled the subject and found a good bit if information.  

A couple of definitions are reproduced below.

“Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies. ... A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risks, often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to Black people in those areas.”

And here’s another helpful explainer via Brookings: “CRT does not attribute racism to white people as individuals or even to entire groups of people. Simply put, critical race theory states that U.S. social institutions (e.g., the criminal justice system, education system, labor market, housing market, and healthcare system) are laced with racism embedded in laws, regulations, rules, and procedures that lead to differential outcomes by race.”

The basic idea is that racism is systemic in many of the institutions of America -- and that by acknowledging that reality, we can work to overcome it.

It is not unusual to stumble upon some interesting tidbits on the internet. Of course, we have to be careful to sort out the nutty stuff as well. Monday afternoon we saw the first of a series on “Ancient Alabama” being published on <al.com>. The headline on this first of the series is headlined to catch a person’s attention. It reads something like “Ancient Alabama once had mountains taller than Everest”.  While the headline was to catch attention and they really don’t know how high our mountains were, there is evidence that they were very much higher than what we see today.  This is a series we are going to follow . . . if we don’t “forget”. However not knowing when the next segment will be printed, it is possible our old brain will find something else to occupy the waiting time and never get back to this interesting series. If you are interested in these tidbits about Alabama millions of years ago, give this website a visit.

Be safe, wear your mask, social distance, wash your hands AND get the shot(s)!

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