CNN’s efforts to negatively portray conservatives who oppose CRT appear to have been thwarted during a heated exchange between CNN’s Victor Blackwell and Texas State Representative Steve Toth. State Rep. Toth even went as far as to accuse the network of putting a “slanted view” on issues of race in order to promote the teaching of CRT in public schools.
Indeed, the main impetus for inviting State Rep. Toth onto Blackwell’s program appears to have been his leading role in crafting legislation in the Texas State House that would significantly limit the ability of the Texas public school system to teach CRT in schools. When Blackwell questioned the motivation to prioritize opposing the teaching of CRT over other issues public school students face in Texas, State Rep. Toth responded by saying “Critical race theory is not about not teaching the egregious things that happened in the past. Critical race theory is about blaming children today in the classroom for things that happened in the [past]. Years ago, we said stereotyping, racial profiling, we said that was the wrong thing, and yet that’s what is being taught in our classroom,”.
Blackwell then attempted to lambast Toth about a section in the legislation that says “A teacher may not be compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated or current controversial issue of public policy or social affairs,” before not giving the Texas Representative enough time to provide a full answer. In the heated and interrupting exchange that followed, Toth maintained his unwavering stance on the need for teachers to provide multiple perspectives to any given current news story if they decide to discuss such stories in the classroom.
Blackwell pressed the State Representative with the example of the Charlottesville protests, to which he replied by maintaining balance, saying that “If you want to talk about Charlottesville, you should talk about people who were there peacefully and you should talk about people that were there hatefully.”
Blackwell then made a last-ditch attempt to discredit the State Representative by quoting President Trump out of context, to which Toth responded by saying “There were people who there peacefully and there were racist, bigoted, hateful people. And that’s the truth.”
State Representative Toth has made attempts in the past to run for a larger office, including the 8th Congressional District of Texas. Perhaps this profile-lifting exchange might make another attempt a viable option?