Letters to the editor: July 30


Critical race theory’s approach is divisive

Critical Race Theory has nothing to do with the teaching of history, and banning it has nothing to do with gutting history (“Banning critical race theory will gut the teaching of Jewish history,” July 23). Teaching history, including the dark, shameful aspects such as slavery, segregation and Jim Crow is of vital importance to our country. We must never forget our past and should learn from it to strive to improve our country’s future.

CRT is not about history, but rather judging people based on their race — privileged or oppressed. CRT believes that America was founded on racism and remains systemically racist to this day. These ideas are not only absurd but dangerous for the unity and future of our country. America was not founded on racism, and in 2021 is not systemically racist. People of color from all over the world want to come here more than any place on earth. Why would they want to come to a systemically racist country?

Yes, teach our children all our history, even when it is painful. But teaching CRT will accomplish nothing but divide the country and fester hate for future generations.

Jay Lehman

Silver Spring

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