DISCLAIMER: Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic framework that is NOT traditionally taught or discussed in K-12 classrooms. However, the misguided demonization of this term is leading to legislation that will effectively dismantle many equity, diversity, inclusion, anti bias, and antiracist initiatives in school districts nationwide. The resources provided here are NOT meant to promote the teaching of CRT in the K-12 classroom. They are to provide individuals with accurate information so that educators can work collectively to ensure that ALL students have access to an exemplary and equitable education.
What is CRT?
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic framework for examining how systemic racism is embedded in aspects of American life (health care, housing, economics, education, clean water, criminal justice system, and more). It is meant to help us understand why racial inequities exist in our society and how we can eradicate them.
What is not CRT?
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is NOT the same as Anti Bias Anti Racism Education, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Multicultural Education, or other anti racism approaches.
What is the legal impact?
Over 20 states have passed, introduced, or plan to introduce 'anti-CRT' legislation. None of the state bills that have passed mention the words “critical race theory” (with the exception of Idaho). The legislations mostly ban the discussion, training, and/or orientation that the U.S. is inherently racist as well as any discussions about conscious and unconscious bias, privilege, discrimination, and oppression. These parameters also extend beyond race to include gender lectures and discussions.
What can we do?
Take immediate action! Read the specific language being used in legislation for your state or school district. Know your rights and plan accordingly! Write to your local/national elected officials, testify at upcoming hearings, speak up at local school board meetings, sign petitions, organize and attend protests.
Here are links to articles and additional resources to expand your knowledge on CRT and the legislation being passed across the country.