I also went to school in Alabama.
I don’t see any need for CRT especially since integration was a total failure.
“I heard about the Ku Klux Klan for the first time when I was 14, in school. The way I remember it, my eight grade teacher informed us during an English class that the KKK wasn’t so bad at first, that it started out as a vigilante force for defenseless Southerners who were being preyed upon by Yankees and free Black Americans during Reconstruction. Of course, this isn’t true; the Klan was always about racial oppression and white terrorism. That’s not how we learned it in my rural Alabama public school.
Incredibly, this wasn’t the only false or outright racist thing I heard from educators in the six years I spent in middle school and high school there, from 1999-2005. I was also taught that there wasn’t a “Civil War” but a “War of Northern Aggression,” which was waged not to abolish slavery but to “end state’s rights.”
As someone who was born and raised in the Deep South, I could not disagree more with these attempts to stifle an accounting of America’s racist past and even present. To people like me who attended small public schools in rural or remote areas, classes that delve into CRT would be instrumental in countering what feels like an overwhelming culture of deliberate ignorance toward our own history. …
Fortunately, I had a family that thought differently, that questioned or exploded the alternate-reality narratives I encountered at school; as the only Jewish family in a small conservative town of less than 2,000, we always stood a bit apart. …”
In the early 20th century, “blood will tell” was a key principle of the Southern race creed. We’ve spent most of the last century unlearning basic things – race, sex, gender, Jews – which everyone knew until yesterday.