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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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Maddy Niebauer and her 10-year-old transgender son, Julian, from Middleton, Wis., take part in a rally for transgender rights at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. on May 26, 2021.
Maddy Niebauer and her 10-year-old transgender son, Julian, from Middleton, Wis., take part in a rally for transgender rights at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. on May 26, 2021.
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Education Week talks to three students about their year of racial justice activism, what they learned, and where they are headed next.
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Tay Andwerson, front center, Denver School Board at-large director, leads demonstrators through Civic Center Park on a march to City Park to call for more oversight of the police Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Denver.
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