‘We are at the book-banning stage of authoritarianism’: Mehdi Hasan sheds light on new GOP censorship campaigns

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MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan on Sunday devoted a lengthy segment to showing how Republicans’ efforts to end the purported teaching of critical race theory in schools are leading them to enact the kind of censorship they claim to oppose.

“I’m here to report that we are at the book-banning stage of American authoritarianism,” Hasan said at the start of his monologue, and then went on to highlight the efforts being made by Republican Texas State Rep. Matt Krause, who last week launched an investigation into schools teaching books that may “make students feel discomfort” about issues such as racism and sexism.

“It’s shameful, it’s shocking,” he said. “And what else is shocking is that Rep. Krause is refusing to provide any specifics about his probe, claiming that it would ‘compromise the integrity’ of any potential investigation.”

Hasan then highlighted how three Florida academics who work at a state university have been barred by the state from testifying as expert witnesses in a voting rights lawsuit.

He also showed how Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin featured an ad with a conservative activist who had petitioned to get her son’s high school to take Toni Morrison’s classic novel “Beloved” out of the curriculum.


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  1. Yep but in the above picture of the book burning,they were burning communist literature and pornography,we are long overdue for a repeat.

  2. We’re supposed to think CRT types are being “oppressed”?

    Would they be OK with opponents having equal access to public venues (like schools)?

    Obviously not — CRT criminals violently opposes even mild opposition, and the powers that be actually support the hypocrites.

  3. We all came from the same original parents.
    Even if “evolution” we’re true, there is no way something as marvelous and unique as human beings could have spontaneously developed from different sources.
    Our DNA holds all the information necessary to provide for every “physical” type.
    The only significant differences between people are the language and cultural programming after birth.
    Of course we are endowed with certain spiritual aspects which makes each individual unique.

    • “Critical Race Theory” is just another psychological weapon to divide and weaken our common brotherhood of man.

    • Chosenites of all stripes in the USA would beg to disagree. Manifest Destiny equals Zionism equals racism, pure and simple. If you don’t understand this, just have any Native American or Palestinian explain it to you.

  4. Again, the largest proponents of censorship are the churches. They will scream for free speech, and then turn right around and make sure the only book acceptable is the bibble.

    The case we are not examining is, Pious Fraud and International Monetary fraud. Maintaining their position requires control over educational material. Meanwhile, this is incentivized with tax dollars. There is much to do.

  5. So, we’ll go from Heinrich Boll’s “wing-tipped jackboots” to the full-on overt fascism of MAGA caps and assault riffles. Wonder what the new “Reichstag fire” will be?

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