By: Robert Miller

I am surprised to learn that a Law School elective course examining the role of racism in the formulation of public policy is being taught in our grade schools. I would be impressed if it were true, but it is not. The name of this course is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. It’s a catchy name, ripe for assigning all kinds of sinister meanings to it. Along with all the usual misdirection, obfuscation, and a pinch of prevarication to grease the wheels of outrage, the mis-characterization of this course is being used to stoke fear where none should exist. It appears that slavery can be taught in schools as long as there is no mention of those who profited from it. It seems that segregation and Jim Crow can be taught as long as those who promulgated it are footnotes. Many of the treaties between the U.S. government and Native Americans that were broken can be studied, but not the people who coveted the land upon which they were assigned to live. History is a moment by moment log of factual events, not assumptions or opinions.

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