Glossary explanation of extremist ideals and false tropes
Critical Race Theory Mischaracterization: Not knowing or understanding Critical Race Theory and claiming that the theory is being taught in k-12 schools
Click Bait: A common tendency to sensationalize a title, heading, or image with the intent to call attention and more often than not misrepresent or misinform the reader on issues behind the image or heading.
Colorblind: The notion that if we simply don't call attention to race/color, racism will cease to exist. Assumes individual racism is all that's necessary to change in society in order to eradicate racism, and also assumes we live in a post-racial society where racism is mostly a thing of the past.
Groomers: The notion that educators who recognize disparity, feelings of exclusion, and favor equity serve as coaches for students to become sexually precocious and/or are turned gay. The radicalized conservative extremist believe that mental health issues resulting from exclusion and marginalization are not real and social-emotional learning is about "grooming" children to become sexually active and queer.
Indoctrination: The misconception that certain facets of our identity can be taught, such as gender or sexuality, and further the accusation that public school teachers are wildly influencing the radicalization of students by teaching them about the ideal of equity. In reality, Christian nationalism and White extremists seek to indoctrinate the public on what they claim are universal values and ideals.
Privatization of the educational system: A goal sought be the Trump Administration, spearheaded by the then Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Many of the national anti-progress, Christian nationalist organizations that have sought to infiltrate school boards have the underlying goal of destroying public education and converting the educational system into one of selective charter school where religion, nationalism, and exclusion are idealized.
Proud Boys: A violent and widely dispersed White nationalist organization whose aim is to obstruct progress and work towards an equitable society. This organization was also invoked by the former President of the United States when he claimed that the election had been stolen.
Unbiased Truth: The notion that public education, progressives, and non-extremist news outlets are the only sources of objective truth. Most of the claims made under the guise of truth are based in circular logic, strawman arguments, red herrings, or any number of other logical fallacies.
Weaponizing: language, discourse, or truth usually originally of BIPOC used in the opposite way of its original intent. Quotations of oratory by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have been frequently usurped to suggest that colorblindness, for example, is an ideal or that racism no longer exists. Ideas promoted by BIPOC are also frequently taken out of context and used against the person who presumably intended to be divisive.