There’s an inherent contradiction in standing up against compelled speech and passing bills which arguably suppress free speech as well.
Yes, it has been frustrating to watch and hear the constant mischaracterizations of the (for lack of a better term) “anti-CRT bills” that have popped up in statehouses around the country. Not a single one prohibits teaching history or puts the brakes on students learning the brutal truth about slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow. But the dishonest coverage and rhetoric around the bills does not change the fact that many of these bills are misguided.
America already has an existing legal framework to combat much of what has gone terribly wrong in the name of equity, antiracism and social justice — and it’s time to put it to work. The laws that America used to combat segregated lunch counters are the same laws that can (and should) be used to fight against the segregation that emanates from critical race theory. And the First Amendment protects individuals’ right to speak, free from government interference; the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gates.
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