The Fight Over Critical Race Theory

As I’m sure you have noticed by now, the latest battlefield in the ongoing culture war is the battle over Critical Race Theory (CRT). Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida have all passed legislation banning the teaching of CRT in K-12 schools, with the language included in the legislation varying widely between the states. Interestingly, Florida is the only state to explicitly ban CRT by name, with other states going with “divisive concepts” as their language of choice. Critics of the new laws have pointed out that the language included in them is overbroad, questioned if the legislature is even necessary due to CRT not being a topic of study in K-12 schools, and have speculated that this attempt to ban CRT is at its core an attempt to prevent the uglier parts of our history to children.

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