Boston University professor says Republicans are 'party of white supremacy'

Boston University professor said the Republican Party is making it hard for individuals to learn about history

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A professor at Boston University said that Republicans are "the party of white supremacy."

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, Ibram X. Kendi, Boston University Andrew W. Mellon professor in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Antiracist Research said that Republicans are not the party of "any group of parents," but rather "the party of white supremacy."

Kendi wrote in the op-ed that Republican opposition to critical race theory means it is "clearly" not the party of parents.

"The Republican Party is clearly not the party of parents. The Republican Party is certainly not the party of parents of color. But is the Republican Party even the party of white parents?" Kendi wrote.

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Ibram X. Kendi discusses the book "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" at Build Studio on March 10, 2020, in New York City.

Ibram X. Kendi discusses the book "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" at Build Studio on March 10, 2020, in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

He stated that Republican "branding" of being the "party of parents" is a "myth" that's equivalent to "the great lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump," adding that it has been built on "false conceptual building blocks.

Kendi says that the "false conceptual building blocks" are "Republican politicians care about white children," "Anti-racist education is harmful to white children," "Republican politicians are protecting white children by banning anti-racist education," and "Republican politicians are protecting white children by banning anti-racist education."

He goes on to say that if Republican politicians care about White children, "they would not be ignoring or downplaying or defending or bolstering the principal racial threat facing white youth today."

"Instead of focusing on this very real threat, Republican politicians—to justify Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law—have cited QAnon conspiracy theories about public schools being overrun by child predators who are ‘grooming’ children to be gay. A spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis reframed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill as an ‘anti-grooming’ bill. But if QAnon Republicans really cared about white children, then they would be worried about white-supremacist grooming. This is the grooming that parents of all children should be worried about," Kendi wrote.

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Ibram X. Kendi at American University in Washington following a panel discussion on his book "How to Be an Antiracist" on Sept. 26, 2019.

Ibram X. Kendi at American University in Washington following a panel discussion on his book "How to Be an Antiracist" on Sept. 26, 2019. (Michael A. McCoy/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Kendi says that "anti-racist education" protects "all children."

"This is anti-racist education, and it protects white children—all children—against the growing threat of white supremacists, as I demonstrate in my upcoming book," Kendi wrote.

The Boston University professor also wrote that the Republican Party is making it hard for individuals to learn about history.

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Ibram X. Kendi visits BuzzFeed's "AM To DM" on March 10, 2020, in New York City. 

Ibram X. Kendi visits BuzzFeed's "AM To DM" on March 10, 2020, in New York City.  (Jason Mendez/Getty Images)

"The Republican Party is not the party of parents raising white kids. The Republican Party is not the party of parents raising girls, raising trans kids, raising kids of color, raising queer kids, raising poor kids, raising immigrant kids. The Republican Party is making it harder for all of these kids to learn about themselves and their histories. The Republican Party is stripping parents and educators of their collective ability to protect vulnerable children from being indoctrinated by—or victimized by—the scourge of white supremacy," Kendi wrote.

"This Republican Party is not the party of any group of parents, but the party of white supremacy," he concluded.