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What is Critical Race Theory, and why is it under attack?

What is Critical Race Theory, and why is it under attack?

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By Stephen Sawchuk, EducationWeek — Is “critical race theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement. The topic has exploded in the public arena this spring—especially in K-12, where numerous state legislatures are debating bills seeking to ban its use in the classroom. In truth, the divides are not…

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Reparations, defund police, critical race theory? Read all about it, Charleston.

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By Steve Bailey, Post and Courier — On Tuesday, Charleston City Council will receive the recommendations that the Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation spent more than a year developing. My question: Has anyone outside the commission actually read this stuff? A $100 million reparations fund for descendants of slaves and a guaranteed income fund indexed to the cost of living to all black residents who have lived…

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Illustration of the importation of captive Africans at Jamestown in 1619, Howard Pyle, 1910.

The history of systemic racism that critical race theory opponents prefer to hide

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By Clyde W. Ford, HNN — Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a lightning rod for conservative ire at any discussion of racism, anti-racism, or the non-white history of America. Across the country, bills in Republican-controlled legislatures have attempted to prevent the teaching of CRT, even though most of those against CRT struggle to define the term. CRT actually began as a legal theory which held simply that systemic racism was consciously created,…

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Bernice King hits GOP: ‘Beyond insulting’ to misuse MLK’s teachings to oppose critical race theory

By News & Current Affairs

By Aris Folley, The Hill — Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., called some Republicans’ misuse of her father’s lessons “disturbing,” one day after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) drew heat for claiming teachings of critical race theory “go against everything” the late civil rights icon taught. “Do not take excerpts from my father. Study him holistically,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday. “There is a lot he wrote extensively….

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There is no debate over critical race theory

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Pundits and politicians have created their own definition for the term, and then set about attacking it. By Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic — The United States is not in the midst of a “culture war” over race and racism. The animating force of our current conflict is not our differing values, beliefs, moral codes, or practices. The American people aren’t divided. The American people are being divided. Republican operatives have buried the…

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The critical race theory panic is a new weapon in the right-wing war on public education

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By Jeff Bryant, Independent Media Institute — No one deserves the school I went to,” says Celia Gottlieb. Gottlieb is currently enrolled in Middlebury College and working as an intern with New York University’s Metro Center, but she is talking about the high school she attended in Highland, New York, a small community in the Lower Hudson River Valley region of the Empire State. The Highland Central School District would…

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The War on Critical Race Theory

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By David Theo Goldberg — According to the right, a specter is haunting the United States: the specter of critical race theory (CRT). On the eve of losing the presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order in September banning “diversity and race sensitivity training” in government agencies, including all government “spending related to any training on critical race theory.” He was prompted, apparently, by hearing an interview with conservative activist Christopher Rufo on Fox…

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So is critical race theory poisonous or illuminating?

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By The Unitimes Reporter— Twice during last year’s American presidential election campaign, the US president attacked Critical Race Theory (CRT). The first time, on Constitution Day in September, Donald Trump called the critical school that developed from Critical Legal Theory in the late 1980s “ideological poison” because it foregrounded the racial aspects of American history in the school curriculum. The 1619 Project developed by scholars and the New York Times was “radical”,…

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