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Mychalejko: Anti-Critical Race Theory hysteria revives McCarthyism, Klan politics

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If you want to understand the wave of anti-Critical Race Theory (CRT) paranoia, conspiracy, and fear-mongering consuming school board meetings and elections across Bucks County and the country, just turn to history.

It’s a dark lesson and probably one these conservative culture warriors pushing their dangerous propaganda don’t want taught in classrooms.

“It’s a very similar structure to the McCarthyite Red Scare of the 1950s,” said Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.” “It intermingles with Ku Klux Klan ideology to be frank. I hate to say it but it does.”

The idea then, as similarly now but though CRT, is that communists or Marxists are trying to incite racial strife, undermine Christian values, and diminish nationalism in order to destroy the United States from within. While the Red Scare started in the 1940s, it was Senator Joseph McCarthy who really whipped the country into a frenzy in the 1950s with his spurious accusations of communist infiltration of our government.

The KKK, whose members considered themselves “Christian American Patriots,” also blamed communism for the civil rights movement and attacks on........

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