Letter to the Editor: Does HB 198 call for Critical Race Theory in the classroom and elsewhere?

Posted 7/22/21

Did you know that the Delaware General Assembly recently passed House Bill 198 ordering Black history education? I believe it mandates the tenets of critical race theory (CRT) to be taught in every …

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Letter to the Editor: Does HB 198 call for Critical Race Theory in the classroom and elsewhere?

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Did you know that the Delaware General Assembly recently passed House Bill 198 ordering Black history education? I believe it mandates the tenets of critical race theory (CRT) to be taught in every school in K-12, adding it to Black history education. If you ask your school administration, a board member or a bill supporter, you might hear that CRT is not mentioned in the legislation. True, but that is a sidestep because I feel the tenets of CRT run throughout HB 198 provisions.

CRT holds that any person, including schoolchildren, must be judged by their skin color, not the content of their character. And that America is so systemically racist that it must be dismantled, including capitalism, the U.S. Constitution and its legal foundations (as I see proposed by Robin DiAngelo in “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”; Richard Delgado in “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction”; and Ibrim X. Kendi in “How To Be An Antiracist”).

This letter is a call for curriculum transparency, so parents and others can see what their children are being taught and how. CRT supporters say CRT simply provides a more accurate history of past and current racism in American life.

What if you are uncertain as to the facts? Do you know the specific questions to ask about your school’s handling of the legislative mandate to teach CRT tenets or if it is teaching it now? How will you and your child be affected if CRT is being taught in the classroom or by your company or corporation or by the military?

What can you do?  A free event is available. “Understanding Critical Race Theory Panel Discussion” will be held July 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Georgetown. Information can be found at heritageaction.co/crt-event.

Al Frech

Bridgeville