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What Is Critical Race Theory and Why Are States Banning It? (Video)

By Emma Patti Harris & Stephen Sawchuk — May 27, 2021 2:34
What Is Critical Race Theory and Why Are States Banning It? (Video)

The 40-year-old academic concept provides a lens to understand disparities between racial groups, but conservatives argue it pits white people against people of color.
Now, politicians want to ban it from the classroom.

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Emma Patti Harris is a deputy managing editor for Education Week who oversees visuals and immersive experiences.
Stephen Sawchuk covers district leadership and management, school safety, and civics education for Education Week.

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