Once again, these things are so broad as to include stuff that predates either the 1619 Project or “critical race theory” by decades.
For example, what if a high school history teacher wanted to assign a passage from “American Slavery, American Freedom,” which covers the arrival of African captives to British North America? Or what if they wanted to use an excerpt from “Before the Mayflower”?
Would it be “critical race theory” for a teacher to have students read from David Walker’s “Appeal”? Seriously, what wouldn’t be covered under these bans?
“You can read one paragraph of MLK’s March on Washington speech but you can’t read the rest, or Letter from a Birmingham Jail, or Where Do We Go From Here.”
None of this stuff is actual critical race theory, but it does deal with ideas about racism and the structure of American society that has been deemed “critical race theory” by right-wing propagandists.

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