Rewriting History, Reversing Progress

May 4, 2023

The second event in our Civil Rights at a Crossroads series focused on the intersection of history, education, and critical race theory. History — and how it’s taught — is a powerful tool to help shape the future. It reveals attitudes and judgments that framed the laws that govern us today. Structural racism is embedded in our institutions and the policies they enforce. The consequences are clear: an enormous racial wealth gap, political disenfranchisement, and glaring disparities in health, education, employment, and housing.

Opponents of critical race theory foster fear and false narratives about the role of race in our history and its connection to present-day systemic biases affecting people of color. On May 4, 2023, we had a conversation with policymakers and social justice advocates about how continuing to whitewash American history holds us back from real progress.

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