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Professor: Opposition to critical race theory is ‘rebranded Nazi-style antisemitism’

A professor of creative writing, working class literature and “changing masculine roles” believes opposition to critical race theory (CRT) is not only antisemitic, but Nazi-style antisemitic.

Georgia Southern University’s Jared Yates Sexton, who according to his Twitter bio fancies himself a political analyst, made this claims in a Friday Twitter burst which also included the invocation of QAnon and “white supremacist paranoia.”

“The ‘CRT’ conspiracy theory is rebranded Nazi-style antisemitism that’s being used by wealthy donors and their think-tanks to weaponize history for their own purposes while radicalizing people to take over local governments and clear the way for the privatization of education,” Sexton tweeted.

“Within the ‘CRT’ conspiracy theory are QAnon principles without the label or even recognition by some of believers. These ideas and white supremacist paranoia are leveraged by the wealthy to further control of society and prepare public education to become a market for profit.”

Sexton alleges the “wealthy” are using the Republican Party as their “PR front” and Fox News as a “propaganda arm” in a push to “radicalize believers of conspiracy theories.” The goal: The privatization of public education.

Oddly, Sexton refers to using the democratic process — in this case, running for elected school board positions — as an “antidemocratic movement.”

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“The ‘CRT’ push isn’t a local phenomenon,” Sexton continues. “It’s part of a widespread, coordinated effort funded by the wealthy who want to profit off the destruction of public education and stave off information that challenges them.”

He concludes: “People have to understand this.”

The description of Sexton’s new book “American Rule” claims that “[r]ecent years have brought a reckoning in America. As rampant political corruption, stark inequality, and violent bigotry have come to the fore, many have faced two vital questions: How did we get here? And how do we move forward?”

Rhode Island College recently centered another of Sexton’s books, The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making,” for a course titled “The Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity.”

During the Trump administration, Sexton had several paroxysms of self-righteous indignation, including a 2019 op-ed in which he claimed the U.S. was in “the grips of an epidemic” of white supremacy and Second Amendment worship.

A year before that, the professor claimed Trump and the GOP allowed “prejudice and fear” to “rule the day” in the 2018 midterm elections with their focus on the “factually untrue” migrant caravan from Central America.

MORE: Poll: Over half of American teachers oppose the teaching of critical race theory

IMAGE: Jared Yates Sexton/Twitter screencap

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.