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LETTER: Thoughts on critical race theory

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LETTER: A letterbox with the inscription Letter to the editor

It is evident that the recent gubernatorial election results turned in part on negative voter reaction to the possibility that critical race theory might be taught in Virginia’s schools.

That it is not currently being taught evidently did not matter. Still, that fact hardly stopped the voters’ panicked flight to feel-good education from a clear-eyed understanding about slavery’s profound impact on American society.

America’s sordid history of enslavement and its deep impacts on our social structure and political attitudes did not, of course, end with the Civil War, or with Reconstruction, or with the end of the Jim Crow era.

Rather, these effects are deeply embedded in our current attitudes and behaviors, and they are as alive today as they ever were. The fact that none of us ever owned slaves hardly absolves us from our responsibility to understand and work to overcome slavery’s evil consequences.

Like it or not, slavery may well be the single most important defining element of our national character. That this is so little understood by the voting public is both tragic and shameful.

I’m certain that few, if any, of those ran away from the term “critical race theory” can even state in any meaningful way what the term means.

No, an accurate and complete comprehension of slavery’s meaning for America is not being taught in Virginia’s elementary and secondary schools. But to combat the ignorance that is so widespread within the voting public, it should be.

—Norm Reid

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(2) comments

Cameron Jones

Mr. Reid, It's not a supposition that CRT is being taught in Va schools, all one had to do is to go to the VA Dept. of Education and look at there website, to see it being pushed on school districts. It wasn't hidden. As for systemic racism in the U.S. today, it is only being kept alive by the Democrat Party, who has to put everyone in a box, beginning with their race. Most of America gets along with each other just fine, until the Democrats show up. If this is true as you stated, "America’s sordid history of enslavement and its deep impacts on our social structure and political attitudes did not, of course, end with the Civil War, or with Reconstruction, or with the end of the Jim Crow era.

Rather, these effects are deeply embedded in our current attitudes and behaviors, and they are as alive today as they ever were. The fact that none of us ever owned slaves hardly absolves us from our responsibility to understand and work to overcome slavery’s evil consequences." Why don't we start by turning the Woke Supremacists loose on the likes of LeBron James, the NBA, NFL, and MBA and all the players who are making millions from slave labor in China? Perhaps you should address these human rights travesties, supported by those who claim America is racist, before telling the rest of us we need to pay for sins we did not commit.

Razzyrazz

You make it very hard to stay a subscriber. You're a paper in a county that votes 70% Repiblican and you write false articles like this. Saying critical race theory isn't taught is extremely misleading. You'd be better off finding a paper in Arlington to write for.

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