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Letter: CRT buzzword Bingo cards for students

Varvel writes, "If CRT itself isn't getting taught in our public schools, racist concepts derived from CRT may very well be seeping into the curriculum. Rather than leave students in the dark, let's give students buzzword Bingo cards to allow them to detect when critical race theory is getting taught."

Letter to the editor FSA

I read Starkweather Superintendent Larry Volk's recent email with interest. He might not be aware that critical race theory is far from universally popular among Democrats. The Democratic-NPL of North Dakota mostly consists of the Non Partisan League using the Democratic Party as a flag of convenience. The Non Partisan League was once part of the Republican Party, very close in spirit to its “Black and Tan” faction which opposed both Bourbon Democrats and Bourbon Republicans.

Although Volk is correct about intrinsic similarities between the racism taught by critical race theory and the racism of the Dred Scott Decision, there isn't much similarity between the racism of Andrew Jackson and the liberalism of Hubert Humphrey – other than the label “Democrat.” While I share many of Volk's concerns about critical race theory, which is a misnomer because it is intrinsically an uncritical witch hunt, I disagree with his attempt to paint all Democrats with a broad brush.

Actually, our schools ought to teach students about critical race theory for the same reason why students should be taught about Nazism, Communism, and Eugenics – to provide them with tools for defending themselves against those discarded lies of totalitarianism. If CRT itself isn't getting taught in our public schools, racist concepts derived from CRT may very well be seeping into the curriculum. Rather than leave students in the dark, let's give students buzzword Bingo cards to allow them to detect when critical race theory is getting taught.

Andrew Alexis Varvel lives in Bismarck.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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