Black Scholars Slam School Boards for Pushing Critical Race Theory in Open Letter
'Intellectually diverse' group of black-led writers, educators, thinkers, and activists
A group of black scholars torched the National School Boards Association and local school boards in an open letter demanding they discontinue the curriculum pushing the Marxist-inspired Critical Race Theory.
Posted on “1776 Unites,” which is an organization-designed curriculum to go against The New York Times's “1619 Project,” the scholars said CRT and the “narrative of racial grievances” are having a “damaging effect” on minority and low-income children.
The letter reads:
“The prevailing narrative of racial grievances has been corrupting the instruction of American history and the humanities for many decades, but has accelerated dangerously over the past year."
“The most damaging effects of such instruction fall on lower-income minority children, who are implicitly told that they are helpless victims with no power or agency to shape their own futures.”
According to the signees, they represent a nonpartisan and “intellectually diverse” group of black-led writers, educators, thinkers, and activists “focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, race relations, and upward mobility.”
Among the group is Bob Woodson, who created “1776 Unites," associate professor of Columbia University, John McWhorter, and Glenn Loury, a professor of economics at Brown University.
The letter states the group finds it problematic that teachers are allowing a “racial grievance” narrative in the classroom, while data shows only a small portion of America’s students are performing at or above proficiency standards in history courses.
“These dismal achievements in gaining an understanding of democratic citizenship, government, historical facts and perspectives across time are low across all student backgrounds and virtually unchanged from the benchmarks established two decades ago,” the letter reads.
The group urged school boards to opt to use curricula such as 1776 Unites and void using racist ideologies like Critical Race Theory.
Signees “stands in unqualified opposition to any curricula that depict America as irredeemably racist; teach that the legacies of slavery, racial segregation, and other appalling crimes are insurmountable; or fail to provide examples from history of black achievement against the odds.”
The group gives three tenets for its existing curricula.
The first is “continuity, not rupture,” which means asking teachers to teach about the harsh realities of slavery while reminding students that this is not an example of American ideals.
The second is “Dignity, not grievances,” which proclaims that black people can — and will — reclaim their own destiny despite hardships.
The third tenet is “resilience, not fragility,” arguing that knowing the achievements of historical black people can support current students better understand their responsibilities as American citizens.
In June, Black Columbia University linguistics professor, John McWhorter, urged parents who are “truly anti-racist” to remove their children from a private school that began teaching the far-left Critical Race Theory (CRT).
McWhorter’s remarks come in response to English teacher Dana Stangel-Plowe’s decision to resign from Dwight-Englewood School over allegations that it is indoctrinating students with the Marxist theory.