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The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Has Donated More Than $12.7 million to 21 Organizations Attacking Critical Race Theory

[quote] The Thomas W. Smith Foundation has no website and its namesake founder keeps a low public profile. Thomas W. Smith is based in Boca Raton, Florida, and founded a hedge fund called Prescott Investors in 1973. In 2008, the New York Times reported that The Thomas W. Smith Foundation was "dedicated to supporting free markets."

[quote] More information about the foundation can be gleaned from its public tax filings, which are called 990-PFs. The Thomas W. Smith Foundation has more than $24 million in assets. The person who spends the most time working for the group is not Smith but James Piereson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. According to the foundation's 2019 990-PF, Piereson was paid $283,333 to work for The Thomas W. Smith Foundation for 25 hours per week.

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by Anonymousreply 39July 26, 2021 3:29 PM
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by Anonymousreply 1July 13, 2021 1:09 PM

[quote] Florida is one of six states in recent months that have passed such pedagogical regulations — which in some cases apply to public universities — and 20 others are considering measures to the same effect, often explicitly targeting critical race theory. Where did this movement come from, and what are the underlying disputes? Here’s what people are saying.


[quote] Yet others believe that the restrictions sweeping the country are so dangerous that opposing them must be their first priority. In The Times Magazine, the Yale historian Timothy Snyder compares them to Russian memory laws: government actions designed to guide public interpretation of past atrocities to protect the powerful.

[quote] “If it is illegal in Russia to discuss the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of nonaggression between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, then it is impossible to discuss how, where and when the Second World War began,” he writes. “If it is illegal in Florida to teach about systemic racism, then aspects of the Holocaust relevant for young Americans go untaught.”

[quote] In The Times, a group of writers across the political spectrum cast the threat in existential terms. “These laws threaten the basic purpose of a historical education in a liberal democracy,” they write. “Though some of us share the antipathy of the legislation’s authors toward some of these targets and object to overreaches that leave many parents understandably anxious about the stewardship of their children’s education, we all reject the means by which these measures encode that antipathy into legislation.”

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by Anonymousreply 2July 14, 2021 12:36 PM

[quote] The person who spends the most time working for the group is not Smith but James Piereson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Oh, so now we know who is funding their former alumnus, John McWhorter!

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by Anonymousreply 3July 14, 2021 12:40 PM

CRT is racisim.

by Anonymousreply 4July 14, 2021 12:45 PM

[quote] CRT is racisim.

Anything else in the list of talking points, right wing troll dumbass? You're a bit late with that one.

by Anonymousreply 5July 14, 2021 12:46 PM

So on top of not being able to teach human reproductive biology or any subject in science that requires the understanding that the Earth is more than 6000 years old or that everything on it was created by the Christian God, public schools can't mention in class that some people in America have been bad to others and that they shouldn't do that.

by Anonymousreply 6July 14, 2021 1:00 PM

wasn't created by the Christian God.

by Anonymousreply 7July 14, 2021 1:01 PM

[quote] Large group of demonstrators march onto Palmetto Expressway in show of support for Cuban protesters

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by Anonymousreply 8July 14, 2021 2:31 PM

It's their money. They are welcome to spend it however they want. Perhaps the billionaires who like CRT could fund their own cause.

by Anonymousreply 9July 14, 2021 3:06 PM

Did you say that about the Mormon church bankrolling Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage, R9?

Or the guy in Tennessee renting the SD National Guard?

Private citizens should not have unfettered influence over public policy.

by Anonymousreply 10July 14, 2021 3:18 PM

[quote] It's their money. They are welcome to spend it however they want. Perhaps the billionaires who like CRT could fund their own cause.

Any more right wing pearls of wisdom? It would be a pity if this remained your only contribution to DL, ever.

by Anonymousreply 11July 14, 2021 3:37 PM

Good grief!!! These Deplorables are so stupid. CRT is simply a method of analysis that most scholars use anyway in doing empirical studies. I am amazed that the Right wing idiots have worked themselves into such a lather over a scholarly method. But then again, these are the people who thought Hillary Clinton ran a pizza shop and molested kids in the back of her shop.

by Anonymousreply 12July 14, 2021 4:26 PM

“Critical Race Theory causes a bad rash under the nose.”

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by Anonymousreply 13July 14, 2021 4:27 PM

So now we know who is funding the trolls that comment on CRT on DL

by Anonymousreply 14July 14, 2021 4:36 PM

[quote] CRT is simply a method of analysis that most scholars use anyway in doing empirical studies.

The truth doesn't matter. It's just a scary word like "Sharia law" to whip the GOP base into a frenzy

by Anonymousreply 15July 14, 2021 4:38 PM

or "gay marriage" or "Late term abortion"

by Anonymousreply 16July 14, 2021 4:38 PM

Thanks OP. You just reminded me that I need to donate to some organization opposing this insane, Orwellian, race-hustling bullshit.

And stop shilling this shit already.

by Anonymousreply 17July 14, 2021 6:45 PM

That's the guy? My old racist uncle would say he has negroid features.

by Anonymousreply 18July 14, 2021 6:58 PM

The Texas Senate on Friday passed legislation that would end requirements that public schools include writings on women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement in social studies classes.

Among the figures whose works would be dropped: Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose “I Have a Dream"speech and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” would no longer make the curriculum cut.

The bill (S.B. 3), which was passed on a vote of 18 to 4, now is stalled because the House can’t achieve a quorum while a breakaway group of Democrats is out of the state. The special session is set to end on Aug. 6.

It would remove more than two dozen teaching requirements from a new law (H.B 3979) that bars the teaching of critical race theory, an academic framework exploring racism’s shaping of the country.

That law included a list of historic figures, events and documents required for inclusion in social studies classes. The Senate-passed bill would remove most mentions of people of color and women from those requirements, along with a requirement that students be taught about the history of white supremacy and “the ways in which it is morally wrong.”

The measure also would bar the teaching of the 1619 Project— a New York Times initiative exploring U.S. history starting at the date enslaved people arrived in the English colonies.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), who presides over the Senate, said in a statement after the vote that “Senate Bill 3 will make certain that critical race philosophies including the debunked 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide.”

“Parents want their students to learn how to think critically, not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism,” Patrick said.


Speaking on the chamber floor, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D) said the legislation amounts to “tying the hands of our teachers.”

“How could a teacher possibly discuss slavery, the Holocaust, or the mass shootings at the Walmart in El Paso or at the Sutherland Springs church in my district without giving deference to any one perspective?,” she said.

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by Anonymousreply 19July 18, 2021 4:48 PM

[quote]Thomas W. Smith is based in Boca Raton, Florida, and founded a hedge fund called Prescott Investors in 1973. In 2008, the New York Times reported that The Thomas W. Smith Foundation was "dedicated to supporting free markets."

Funny how "free markets" means any wingnut bullshit that wanders into the mind of some rich asshole.

by Anonymousreply 20July 18, 2021 4:52 PM

Just stop, OP. BLM is NOT our friend. R4 is correct, and by trying to make it like only Repubs are against this racism, you are falling into their trap that CRT is embraced by Dems. It is not.

by Anonymousreply 21July 18, 2021 4:55 PM

So racists, misogynists, et al consider teaching accurate history to be the same as tattling on their bad behavior?

by Anonymousreply 22July 18, 2021 5:07 PM

Agree with R9. And that goes for Chick-fil-A funding anti-gay organizations all over the world. If any restaurant chain wants to counter it, they're welcome to do so.

Right, R9? I mean you're not a hypocrite, right? You defend anti-gay funding if someone wants to do that, too. Yes?

by Anonymousreply 23July 18, 2021 5:09 PM

R21, thank you for making it easy to put you on ignore, you lying sack of shit. EVERY asshole claiming CRT is racism is of the Tucker Carlson variety. Historians are FOR it, but they had some issues with only a few things, but they are still for teaching it. And the BLM comment summed up what a putrid individual you truly are.

YOU are the fucking liar. People like you are the reason I sometimes hope Republicans take over everything and gay assholes like you have to live entirely under their laws.

by Anonymousreply 24July 18, 2021 5:12 PM

The so-called ”left” made the word “woman” into a meaningless term anyway, so they might as well get rid of Susan B. Anthony before they cancel her for being white.

by Anonymousreply 25July 18, 2021 5:28 PM

R25 Get The Fuck Out of Here. Go back to Breitbart or whatever sewer you come from.

by Anonymousreply 26July 18, 2021 5:58 PM

R25 is a blocked Bitch

by Anonymousreply 27July 18, 2021 5:59 PM

As long as we tax the fuckers through the roof I don't care what any billionaire does or does not care about.

by Anonymousreply 28July 18, 2021 6:45 PM

[quote] ...for at least a year it has served as a supposed consulate for the “New Federal State of China,” declared by ex-White House strategist Stephen Bannon and his flamboyant Chinese patron, fugitive businessman Guo Wengui.

[quote] Earpiece-wearing guards stalk an otherwise historic block, while a star-spangled national flag designed by Guo himself dangles from a pole mounted to the swerving facade. In the doorway alcove, just past the unwavering eye of a security camera, metal letters spell out “The Himalaya Embassy.”

[quote] The installation has bewildered neighbors who spoke with The Daily Beast with the flashy characters and occasional motorcades it attracts. Meanwhile, public records, court documents, and in-person observations reveal that Bannon and Guo have converted the building’s residential floors, against code and zoning, into the offices for their network of right-wing media and nonprofits—which have recently gained attention for publishing bogus COVID-19 studies and promoting conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden.

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by Anonymousreply 29July 19, 2021 12:39 PM

Excluding minorities from the invitation only discussion on teaching race is a PERFECT example of systemic inequality.

[quote] Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel called it “ridiculous” to have a conversation about inequity while “excluding the very people who are saying we’ve been treated inequitably.”

[quote] “That talks more to the kind of hearing that they wanted to have than the information that they wanted to gather,” Chapel told reporters after the hearing. “They wanted to hear from their friends who were going to support their political talking points.”

[quote] Republican Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, who leads the committee, said she wanted to use the hearing to highlight voices of parents upset about critical race theory who have said local school officials ignored their complaints.

[quote] “I felt today it was important to hear from people who have tried to go through the official cycle of authority within their districts and have basically been turned away,” she told committee members.

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by Anonymousreply 30July 21, 2021 1:02 PM

Cut the truth out of my brain... is that what you want Aunt Vi? Well you can't. Not even God can change the truth that we were nothing but a pair of-"

by Anonymousreply 31July 21, 2021 1:17 PM

The problem is, at least as far NYC private schools go, the “hysteria” isn’t due to some news story, but what parents discovered their kids are being taught…based on things like “pledges” they’re asked to sign and what the kids (high school age) report they were told in school. I believe these parents because there are no more self righteous liberals than rich NYC parents. If THEY have a problem with it, there’s fire where there’s smoke.

by Anonymousreply 32July 21, 2021 1:46 PM

For example, this teacher’s story.

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by Anonymousreply 33July 21, 2021 1:48 PM

[quote] I don't know what state legislators and governors need to hear this, but here we go: Sabotaging your school system in 2021 is only going to tank your state's economy in 2035. There's a reason why, even with low taxes and a pro-growth economy, businesses don't move to Mississippi.

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by Anonymousreply 34July 21, 2021 6:41 PM
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by Anonymousreply 35July 26, 2021 2:59 AM

He should have spent that money on those puffy as fuck eyes.

by Anonymousreply 36July 26, 2021 3:14 AM

[quote]Just stop, OP. BLM is NOT our friend. [R4] is correct, and by trying to make it like only Repubs are against this racism, you are falling into their trap that CRT is embraced by Dems. It is not.

r21, don't bother. These people are lying, as if any grown adult can say they went through highschool without learning about the Civil War and slavery and that we now need CRT in order to do this. It's a lie. This is about power and control. It's a backdoor for communist thinking, but rather than grouping the oppressed/oppressors by means of production they have replaced it with race. And please don't be fooled into thinking that they actually care about black people, this has nothing to do with black people, it's just a means to an end. Any black person who speaks out, like myself, will also be attacked for opposing CRT.

by Anonymousreply 37July 26, 2021 5:50 AM

Boy, what a load of bullshit. The mind of a simp on display @R37.

by Anonymousreply 38July 26, 2021 5:53 AM

The greatest stupidity of those opposed to CRT is that they think the end of slavery was the end of hell on earth for black people. They can't even point to the curricula that specifically attacks all white people. Like very stupid sheep, they were told it was racist by actual racists and now they spread that bullshit like feces on a Capitol wall and then they come here to like each others' ignorance. Pathetic beyond belief how you so desperately want to be portrayed as the "victims."

by Anonymousreply 39July 26, 2021 3:29 PM
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