In many American schools, racial justice activism became supercharged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Critical Race Theory (CRT), equity, and antiracism quickly began to penetrate school curricula. But in Southlake, Texas, these debates are not new. The affluent suburb 30 miles northwest of Dallas has been bitterly divided over these contentious concepts since 2018.
The battle culminated last month with Southlake’s local elections. Republicans have historically won in the city; this time, however, the energizing issue was not partisanship. Instead, voters overwhelmingly voted against candidates pushing to institute a radical and far-reaching diversity program into public schools. Not only was the election a landslide, but three times as many voters cast ballots as in similar contests in the past.
As these ideas percolate throughout the rest of the country, Southlake gives us an early look at what happens when more extreme elements of progressive ideologies butt up against Americans in the voting booth.
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