The “debate” over critical race theory – really, more often a shouting match – shows no sign of ending soon. As the New York Times noted in this thorough primer, the decades-old theory based on extensive scholarship continues making “national and international headlines and is a target for talking heads. Culture wars over critical race theory have turned school boards into battlegrounds, and in higher education, the term has been tangled up in tenure battles. Dozens of United States senators have branded it “activist indoctrination.”’
Stephanie York, VP of Hennes Communications and host of Forum 360 on PBS, recently welcomed as her guest Professor Brant Lee, J.D., assistant dean for diversity and social justice initiatives at the University of Akron School of Law to talk about critical race theory, what it means and what it doesn’t. You can view the interview right now on this YouTube page. It’s also scheduled to air on PBS Western Reserve the first Monday in December – check your local listings.
Here at Hennes Communications, we’ve been working to assist school boards across the nation that are dealing with this divisive issue – and a host of other lightning rod issues – offering specific tactics and tools designed to guide board members into meaningful community engagement and away from shouting matches. For more information, call us at 216-321-7774 or email us at [email protected].