The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory

On July 8, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin sent a letter to each school district administrator in the state specifically invoking the national and local controversy over “critical race theory” and attempts to limit its teaching. In that particular context, the letter “reminds” the districts of anodyne statutory directives to teach an “understanding of human relations, particularly with regard to American Indians, Black Americans and Hispanics” and that curricula should reflect “the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.”

The letter warns schools they can be sued for creating a racially hostile environment and notes they have a legal obligation “proactively to remedy and end any racially hostile environment in their schools.” That “will often necessarily include discussions of race.” It claims that undefined “culturally responsive” teaching will enhance the performance of racial minorities.

While the ACLU never says “teach CRT-derived concepts or else,” it takes little imagination to pick up that message. It’s as if the ACLU is saying, “Maybe there is no such thing as CRT in the schools, but there had better well be CRT in the schools.”

Critical race theory (CRT) is a quantum ideology: Now you see it; now you don’t. Its defenders tell us that it is, at most, an “academic theory” limited to law school musing and nowhere to be found in public schools. Except when they claim that schools must teach it.

On July 8, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin sent a letter to each school district administrator in the state specifically invoking the national and local controversy over “critical race theory” and attempts to limit its teaching. In that particular context, the letter “reminds” the districts of anodyne statutory directives to teach an “understanding of human relations, particularly with regard to American Indians, Black Americans and Hispanics” and that curricula should reflect “the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.”

The letter warns schools they can be sued for creating a racially hostile environment and notes they have a legal obligation “proactively to remedy and end any racially hostile environment in their schools.” That “will often necessarily include discussions of race.” It claims that undefined “culturally responsive” teaching will enhance the performance of racial minorities.

While the ACLU never says “teach CRT-derived concepts or else,” it takes little imagination to pick up that message. It’s as if the ACLU is saying, “Maybe there is no such thing as CRT in the schools, but there had better well be CRT in the schools.”

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Author: HP McLovincraft

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