Amy Gallagher and Critical Race Theory

A Christian nurse in the UK has claimed the NHS is imposing a racist ideology on students by promoting critical race theory in its courses.

Amy Gallagher, who is in the final stages of a two-year course in forensic psychology, is suing the Portman Clinic in north London, part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, alleging race-based discrimination , religion and philosophical belief .

She objected to a conference called “Whiteness – an issue of our time” in October 2020, where attendees were forced to confront “the reality of white privilege” and in another conference on race the following month. , the 33-year-old claimed she was told ‘Christianity is racist because it’s European’ by a host.

Accused by outsider of not being able to work with ‘diverse populations’ and inflicting ‘race-based harm’, Gallagher said The telegraph she brought the case “to protect my career but it is also the first test of woke ideology in court. The NHS is forcing someone to adopt a racist ideology and it needs to be stopped.”

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust told the newspaper: ‘We cannot comment on an ongoing legal case. As a trust, we have publicly committed to working to become an anti-racism organization.

What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a set of concepts first developed by jurists in the United States in the 1970s that essentially assert that: racism is systemic; that key institutions are rooted in white supremacy; and that racial dynamics are the result of complex social systems.

In 2020, amid widespread protests against racial inequality following the death of George Floyd, some conservative activists in the United States began protesting the CRT, saying it was infiltrating modern classrooms.

“They’re trying to rewrite history and rethink the future of the United States,” said Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, who last year signed legislation to ban CRT in public schools across the country. State, adding “they undermine the very values ​​and core of what America stands for.

For decades a relatively obscure academic theory that was little talked about, “as a result, the term is everywhere”, said Jacey Fortin in The New York Times. “He makes national and international headlines and is a target for talking heads. Culture wars over critical race theory have turned school boards into battlegrounds, and in higher education the term has become entangled in tenure battles. Dozens of US senators called it “militant indoctrination”.

How it came to dominate the culture wars

In the United States, there is a growing “moral panic” over the CRT, driven by right-wing commentators and politicians who have placed it at the center of the culture wars and the war that has woken up claiming that it threatens the foundations of American history and culture.

As of 2020, 17 states have imposed laws or rules to limit how race and discrimination can be taught in public school classrooms, according to Education week. Some states now prohibit teachers from saying that people of a particular race or gender are inherently racist or oppressive and “even in states without these laws, some teachers say they are under surveillance. extra,” said The New York Times.

Last month, “furious” parents in Virginia gathered outside a Loudoun County school board meeting to demand “an end to the racist and divisive ideologies infused in public schools,” the Daily Mail reported.

The newspaper said the region “has become the nerve center of parenting activism, with debates about critical race-theory ideologies spilling over to the rest of the United States.”

This week FoxNews accused the Biden administration and Washington Democrats of “pushing millions of dollars to fund a union-backed model of schools that included some critical concepts of race theory” such as “culturally relevant” pedagogy and restorative justice practices.

Highlighting the slow drip of fear stories around the CRT, The Wall Street Journal also reported that the American College of Surgeons has “made it a priority to promote critical race theory and so-called anti-racism” in recent years.

“Like many radicalized organizations, the college has taken to punishing members who raise concerns about its new curriculum,” he added.

How is the debate going politically?

Left-leaning comedian Bill Maher, who has donated millions to the Democratic Party, has warned that school lessons on the CRT and decisions to hide the new identities of transgender students from their parents are pushing liberal voters into the arms of Donald Trump and Republicans.

“Although there is nothing particularly new in this particular moral panic,” wrote Nicole Hemmer for CNN“it serves a useful political purpose: discussing critical race theory distracts the conversation from the lingering consequences of structural racism.”

“This conversation opens up difficult questions about fairness, affirmative action, reparations and government intervention to dismantle racist systems – all of which face significant opposition from the right – and can only hurt a Republican party that has become dependent on white politics. grievance,” she added.

Sharon D. Cole