The Morphing of Critical Race Theory

Most thoughtful people agree that the idea of race and even racism should be taught in schools. So why is Critical Race Theory so controversial?

  
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There’s a lot of passionate argument about whether “Critical Race Theory” should be taught in schools. But the meaning of CRT differs greatly depending on who you talk to. What did CRT originally mean, and what does it mean now? What are our children actually being taught? And why do some terms tend to become so thorny over time? Click play to find out.

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Most thoughtful people agree that the idea of race and even racism should be taught in schools. So why is Critical Race Theory so controversial?

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John McWhorter teaches linguistics and music history at Columbia University, hosts Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast, and is Contributing Editor at the Atlantic.
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