"Critical race theory," used as a term to describe and address racial inequalities, is currently under criticism for being taught in schools and offices across the United States, specifically in the midwest and south. While experts in the field emphasize that critical race theory is meant to acknowledge how deeply rooted racial inequalities persist in American history and in our current day's society, some states' governors disagree.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a devout Republican, said in March, "There's no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money." Similarly, South Dakota Governor Kristi Norm and former Trump Cabinet official Ben Carson wrote, "Critical race theory is a deliberate means to sow division and cripple our nation from within – one brainwashed and resentful student at a time."
Efforts to eliminate critical race theory originated during former president Donald Trump's term, who called critical race theory "un-American" following the aftermath of George Floyd's murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. He ventured to ban critical race theory's influence on Americans across the country.
Experts on critical race theory argue that these politicians are not truthfully discussing the study. They emphasize that one of the theory's key tenets is that the United States government and society has always promoted racial inequalities and inequities, and while progress has been made, implicit biases can still be found in legislation that is meant to create equality.
Education professor at the University of South Florida, Dana Thompson Dorsey, states, "If you're going to say that racism can't be discussed, or critical race theory cannot be in civics or any type of history courses, you're saying that racism did not exist in America and does not exist in America. That's not true."
Thus far, 30 House Republicans have signed an effort to ban critical race theory from training for the armed services and federal employees, in an attempt to fully eradicate Americans from learning about their country's history. Dorsey continued on to say, "You're going to be mid-educating students, un-educating students, and not allowing them to learn the real history of the United States of America.