Bryan Cranston and Bill Maher discuss critical race theory

Liberal comedian Bill Maher feuded with progressive actor Bryan Cranston over whether critical race theory should be taught in schools.

In a recent episode of Maher’s Club Random podcast, the two clashed over teaching students CRT at school after discussing slavery.

Speaking on the subject of the first US presidents to own slaves, Cranston stated, “It’s been 400 frigging years since we’ve looked at this and our country still hasn’t taken responsibility or accountability.”

When Maher asked what the country wasn’t responsible for, Cranston shot back: “For the history of systemic racism in this country.”

Maher then wanted to know what was still to be done.

The “Breaking Bad” star refuted“Well, I mean, for one thing, I think critical race theory is essential to teach.”

The host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” asked for clarification on the definition of critical race theory.

Cranston replied, “I mean, in everything we’ve done in government and in social activities, teaching how race trafficking and racism is systemic.”

“Yes, it was,” Maher agreed, then claimed, “It’s like, like, why the Second Amendment was real, I mean, that’s one person’s theory, but I think it’s the truth, the second.” Amendment it really has to be to do with, in a country where you held a hostile people in chains, you needed guns, you know, you needed very loose reins on guns to keep that under control. So this has a lot to do with why other countries don’t do it. We don’t have a Second Amendment like we do.”

Maher is alluding to them theory that the second amendment was created solely to allow for slave owners and slave patrols. The theory was disputed in Article, opinion piecesand from academics.

Maher then cautioned against making sweeping statements about critical race theory.

“Critical race theory can mean, I mean, it’s just one of those catch-alls, if you mean we should teach our past honestly, of course, if you mean more what the 1619 book says, which is that it’s just the essence of America and that we’re irrecoverable, that’s just wrong,” Maher said, referring to the book by New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones.

The Hollywood actor admitted, “Yes, I agree. But even teaching our past and being honest and admitting who we are as a country and history?”

Maher replied, “Most schools do.”

Crantston claimed, “In Florida they want to abolish critical race theory and many other states.”

Maher then explained, “Because sometimes it deviates into things that are really not appropriate in schools.”

The talk show host said that teaching young children that they are oppressors introduces “ideas about race that are inappropriate for children of that age who cannot understand it”.

Cranston felt that common sense would correct all problems, and then Maher pointed out that common sense “is lacking in this country”.

In the end, Cranston and Maher agreed that certain “awakened” subjects should not be taught in schools because children are too young to grasp the concepts.

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