The culture war has been one of the most often discussed topics in the conservative movement. Many have expressed frustration at the apparent inability of the Republican Party to garner more influence in the culture, which has led to a continual decline of conservative values in American society.
The root of the issue can be attributed to the party’s tendency to constantly act as the party of opposition, offering only criticism of the left’s policies without putting forth its own solutions to compete on the battlefield of ideas. This largely reactionary inclination can be seen in the current debate over critical race theory.
The Battle Over Critical Race Theory
Conservatives celebrated after states like Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, and several others introduced legislation to ban critical race theory in their schools. Amid widespread criticism from Democrats and media activist outlets, Republican leaders and influencers lauded the moves, touting the trend as a victory against the spread of the hard left’s latest attempt to fight racism with more racism.
But will this be a true victory? While they may have succeeded in banning critical race theory in school for now, they will not have defeated the idea in the culture, meaning it will only be a matter of time before the hard left manages to persuade a large enough number of Americans to mandate its inclusion in the education system.
Preventing the widespread acceptance of critical race theory will require more ...