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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?

By Editors' Choice

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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President of the General Assembly Abdulla Shahid speaks at a High-level meeting on the U.N. World Conference Against Racism during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

UN anti-racism event, rejected by some, recommits to goals

By News & Current Affairs

By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press — The U.N. General Assembly pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions. Looking back on the two decades since the conference in Durban, South Africa, the assembly adopted a resolution that acknowledged some progress but deplored what it called a rise in discrimination,…

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The Legacy Museum shows visitors elements of America’s long history of racial injustice – slavery, lynching, segregation, police killings of Black teens and the societal addiction to putting Black people behind bars.

‘Truth-telling has to happen’: the museum of America’s racist history

By Reparations

The Legacy Museum, opening in October, lands at a time when racial violence is again on the rise and critical race theory is being used to prevent America’s racist past being taught in schools. By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian — A 30ft wave crashes over your head as you enter the museum, dragging you instantly down into the roiling waters. The waves keep coming at you in gunmetal grey surges,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Who gets flexibility?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — I had not planned to have a policy conversation when I boarded my connecting flight from Detroit to DC. But the young white woman, totally professionally dressed, seemed to want my ear. She was coming to Washington to do “advocacy,” she said, around workplace flexibility and “reimagining work.” I thought girlie just wanted to hear herself talk, so my responses were minimal – um hum,…

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Cuban trumpet solo by Riccardo Maria Mantero Reuse

Cuba’s census, skin color and social analysis

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Esteban Morales Domínguez — Although it still causes many prejudices, misunderstandings and challenges, there is no choice but to pay attention to skin color. Above all, in its consideration within the media and national statistics. Cuban society is a multiracial society, or rather, multicolored, mestizo. And that reality has to be registered statistically. Not by handling the Census as a simply numerical matter, but as a cultural demographic one….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The New Multiracial America

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — So you are sitting on a park bench, just enjoying the weather. What is the likelihood that the next person that walks by you is of a different race than you? In 2010 the probability of a different race person walking by was 54.9 percent in 2010, and it rose to61.1 percent by 2020. We are more likely to see people who are different than…

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A mural is seen in the Fifth Ward in Evanston, Illinois.

Illinois city’s reparations plan was heralded – but locals say it’s a cautionary tale

By Reparations

Evanston was the first city to implement a plan to repair the harm caused by slavery – and what occurred there could set the tone for what may happen at a national level. By Kiran Misra, The Guardian — In March, Evanston, Illinois, beat the federal government to become the first to pass a reparations plan in America. It gained national attention, heralded by celebrities such as Danny Glover, who called the…

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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

By Editors' Choice

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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March on Washington

The myth of class-reductionism

By Commentaries/Opinions

The fight for racial and gender justice has always been about economic inequality, too. By Adolph Reed Jr., New Republic — Ever since Bernie Sanders’s insurgent run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, a specter has haunted left-liberal debate: the specter of “class reductionism.” Left-identitarians and centrist liberals have used this oversimplified charge not merely to dismiss Sanders but also to cast suspicion on the broad array of universally…

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Armed National Guard and African American men standing on a sidewalk during the race riots in Chicago, Illinois, 1919.

GHOSTS TOO CLOSE: This week’s 1919 DC Race Rebellion and the tragic history of DC’s Lafayette Park

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Nkechi Taifa — Normally my morning walks don’t include going down Memory Lane, particularly one that has been invisible for almost a century. But there I was, in Lafayette Park one Saturday morning last month, right near Lafayette School and its adjoining Recreational Center in upper NW D.C., and Black history came to greet me. I saw a crowd and I saw a sign. So I did what anyone would…

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Speech bubble mirror

There is no debate over critical race theory

By Editors' Choice

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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John Quincy Adams House of Representatives Speech

Why a culture war over critical race theory?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Consider the pro-slavery congressional “Gag Rule” By Frank Palmeri and Ted Wendelin, HNN —  What is Critical Race Theory and why are Republican governors and state legislators saying such terrible things about it? If you are among the 99% of Americans who had never heard of this theory before a month or two ago, you might be forgiven for believing that it poses a grave threat to the United States…

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