The misguided argument against bans on teaching critical race theory

The misguided argument against bans on teaching critical race theory
Derrick Bell, a mentor of Barack Obama, is one of the founders of critical race theory. (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Theater of the absurd]

A good rule of thumb for evaluating political debates: If the strongest argument from the sharpest writers in the most prestigious newspaper op-ed page is predicated on a claim that takes 30 seconds to fact-check as false, then that side probably has the weaker case.

Hence, a recent New York Times op-ed by Dispatch Senior Editor David French, Harper’s columnist Thomas Chatterton Williams, Yale professor Jason Stanley and podcaster Kmele Foster provides perhaps the best evidence to date in favor of state laws “banning” critical race theory (CRT) in public schools.

This was, of course, not their intent. As a “progressive, a moderate, a libertarian and a conservative,” they write, “we are united in one overarching concern: the danger posed by these [anti-CRT] laws to liberal education.”

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The danger, they claim, is that states are censoring curricula that make students uncomfortable.

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