critical race theory

GOP furor about Critical Race Theory hits college campuses

BY: - July 5, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined with new […]

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What is critical about critical race theory

BY: - July 1, 2021

It says a lot about the state of Montana politics when the Friday edition of The Billings Gazette featured two guest columns, one from former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the other from current Rep. Matt Rosendale, both of which were columns rebutting criticism from voters. Zinke was called out by fellow veterans […]

U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, Dred Scott author

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision—as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. The legislation passed on a vote of 285-120, with all the […]

Wisconsin lawmaker proposes to ban Washington, D.C., from teaching Critical Race Theory

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Republican member of the U.S. House from Wisconsin wants to restrict how District of Columbia public school teachers talk about racism and sexism, drafting a bill that’s the latest attack by the GOP against discussions of race and gender in U.S. schools. The bill introduced this week by Rep. Glenn Grothman, titled the “Ending […]

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White Americans can handle the truth about the nation’s history

BY: - June 18, 2021

When Europeans first came to the Americas in the middle of the last millennium, scholars estimate that there were roughly 60 million indigenous people here. And while the actions and motivations of those who immigrated to this hemisphere obviously ran the gamut, there is simply no denying that the impact on the native population was […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide regarding how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history. Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states have already […]

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If you love our country, don’t ban its history

BY: - June 13, 2021

Opponents of critical race theory don’t want us to ask what we can learn from the past. But that’s the whole point of studying history. Across the country, several states have passed or introduced bills that ban teaching “critical race theory.” Oklahoma’s governor just signed one. Arizona’s governor just vetoed one. Texas and North Carolina are moving ahead with similar bills. […]

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We won’t be able to make our world more just until we reckon with our past

BY: - June 11, 2021

The late historian John Henrik Clarke explained the dominant subculture’s preoccupation with manipulating history. Europeans “began manipulating history in the 15th century to justify the slave trade,” said Clarke, a pioneer in Pan-African studies, during an interview with Tony Brown on Brown’s eponymous show in the 1970s. Modern racism incubated during this period, Clarke said. […]

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Standing with Alan Turing and Emma Malonelord

BY: - June 8, 2021

If you were to credit a single individual with defeating Hitler, it wouldn’t be a statesman or a general. It would be a British mathematician – Alan Turing. Turing figured out how to beat Enigma, the machine that used more than 150 trillion possibilities to change German military codes every eight hours. Turing’s breakthrough gave […]

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Opponents misunderstand Critical Race Theory

BY: - June 5, 2021

Montana has become the most recent state to formally oppose the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” in public schools. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen, published a blog on May 12 in which she labeled CRT a “fringe ideology” and called on Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen to issue a formal opinion on the legality […]

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Falling in love with our mythology while ignoring our history

BY: - June 3, 2021

One of the roles of a journalist – arguably the most important – is to set the record straight: Seek facts, report truth and understand context. During one conversation this week, a reader chastised us for not reporting about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines. She scolded us for not reporting “the other side.” And while […]

AG Knudsen targets anti-racism curricula in legal opinion

BY: - May 27, 2021

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen on Thursday issued a legal opinion asserting that aspects of the intellectual and academic framework known as critical race theory violate federal and state law, warning that schools that violate the law could be legally liable or risk losing government support. Knudsen writes that his opinion is not to ban […]