HBO’s Bill Maher rejects leftist professor’s defense of critical race theory

Today’s progressive ideology is too much even for some prominent liberals — including HBO’s Bill Maher.

The host of Real Time recently clashed with a leftist professor during an on-air discussion on the topic of critical race theory.

Education trends invite division

Vanderbilt University professor Michael Eric Dyson appeared on the program this week and defended the curriculum that has been widely criticized for injecting a race-based agenda into classrooms across the United States.

The debate between Dyson and Maher came on the heels of a Virginia gubernatorial election in which GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin scored an upset victory of Democratic contender Terry McAuliffe.

Education played a major role in that campaign with exit polls showing that it was among the most important issues for voters, following only the economy and jobs.

McAuliffe and many other Democrats have faced a backlash from parents upset over their association with critical race theory, which is widely seen as an effort to indoctrinate students with a racist ideology. Youngkin capitalized on the issue and his victory in Tuesday’s election was interpreted by some as a resounding blow to the Democratic Party’s approach to education.

For his part, Maher declared that “Democrats got their a** kicked” this week and pointed to education as a major factor.

“There are other things going on”

Of course, Dyson disagreed, insisting that parents are “spooked by critical race theory” even though they cannot define it and are actually upset over the fact that America’s history is being accurately addressed for the first time.

“But I find that a disingenuous argument because I don’t think that is what people are objecting to,” Maher shot back. “They are not objecting to Black history being taught. There are other things going on in the schools.”

Dyson asked the host for examples, to which Maher replied: “Like separating children by race and describing them either as oppressed or oppressor. I mean, there are children coming home who feel traumatized by this. That’s what parents are objecting to.”

Dyson dug into his position, claiming that the opposition expressed by most parents hinges on “centering Black people as historical agents,” suggesting that they are harboring a “deeply entrenched … anti-Black sentiment.”

The on-air debate continued throughout the segment, serving as the latest evidence that the curriculum being taught in many classrooms is likely to remain a divisive issue — even among those on the left.

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