With all due respect to that impressive list of organizations ("Joint statement on legislative efforts to restrict education about racism in American history,” Loudoun Times-Mirror, June 18, 2021), those groups--and even our governor, unfortunately (p. 8)--simply don’t get it. The effort against Critical Race Theory (CRT) doesn’t “restrict” education about racism in America. Instead, it tries to expand the approach to our history to include more relevant—and truthful--facts, rather than an attempt to teach a toxic, anti-historical brew of one-sided, grossly distorted and inflammatory rhetoric that places ALL struggles of Black Americans on the shoulders of our Founders and, sadly, on children in our classrooms.
No? Then, why are our children being exposed to such CRT—formulated and endorsed terms as “white supremacy,” “oppressors,” “victims,” “structural racism,” “white supremacy,” “antiracist" and other loaded code words which mask a dishonest view of our history? CRT is not any sort of “honest reckoning,” as your opinion piece asserts. As Dr. Carol Swain states, [CRT teaches that] “…every dysfunctional condition in black urban communities can be traced to slavery and its aftermath. There is no place [in CRT] for individual choice or initiative” (or, I might add, any discussion of the enormous progress that Black Americans have made).
That’s why you won’t find [in CRT] any discussion of 300,000+ Union soldiers who died to eliminate slavery, the 100 years of Jim Crow laws after the Civil War, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the emphasis on strong family bonds and education, and real-life examples of how other racial, ethnic and religious minorities overcame mistreatment and discrimination in this country.
The LCPS system has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in education. Teaching the current principles of CRT, however, is a slander against its reputation and an injury to the honest intellectual development of our children.