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Jan. 29, 2023

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Letter: CRT has shortcomings


While the 200-word limit constricts my ability to address all of Mr. Hamilton Rosales’ concerns in his opinion piece on May 30, “Teach real history of United States,” I think it worthwhile to speak to his support of critical race theory, or CRT.

As a history graduate, we were taught to be cognizant of the lenses we use to dissect past events. This is the crux of the issue with CRT: it limits one’s viewpoints to only those that pertain to race. History surely deserves a much more nuanced approach. Furthermore, CRT applies this framework to the present in the form of every interaction being racially charged and incendiary. This leads to a skewed sense of reality and only serves to be a self-fulfilling prophecy for those that ascribe to its fallacies.

Very few are arguing that the teaching of racial injustices isn’t important or should be left out of school curriculum. But we are asking that our children receive a balanced view of history that includes all aspects; CRT by its nature denies this approach. We cannot change the past, but we can teach our children how to interpret history in a holistic manner that avoids inherent pitfalls.

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