Critical Race Theory Lite: Anchorage School board adopts new equity policies that critics say contain anti-American ideologies – Must Read Alaska

Equality is out. Equity is in.

On Tuesday night, the Anchorage School Board adopted its new anti-racism policy that reflects the latest social fad of Critical Race Theory, which posits that the nation is systemically racist.

It’s a viewpoint supported by mayoral candidate Forrest Dunbar, as described last June in his description of the founding of the Republic, and all its many flaws, which he inventories in this video clip:

The majority of board members and School Superintendent Deena Bishop dispute the characterization that the new policy is actually Critical Race Theory.

But when School Board member Dave Donley offered an amendment to the policy that stated clearly it was not in support of Critical Race Theory, every member but Donley voted his amendment down.

Board Member Margo Bellamy argued: “I did not rely on Critical Race Theory to create this policy and neither am I pushing for CRT in our district. That is an unfortunate connection to these policies. I can’t control what people believe. I can only state what I know and what I think,” she said.

She said the new policy was formed by the DIRE program of the National School Board Association. DIRE stands for Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education.

DIRE acknowledges that institutional, structural, and systemic racism has been engrained in the history of America and throughout its public education system, according to the NSBA.

Critical Race Theory in education says that color-blindness is bad, that racism is the societal norm, that race, like gender, is a social construct, that measuring progress is a “white” value, and that whites have been the beneficiaries of civil rights legislation.

The books on the Anchorage School District’s equity reading list support most, if not all of the components in Critical Race Theory and many of the writers are considered standard-bearers for the the new CRT ideology:

  • Antiracist Baby by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 
  • How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 
  • Stamped from The Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 
  • The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander 
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz 
  • White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo 
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson
  • The Building of the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House by Joshua Zeitz
  • The Tao of Raven: An Alaska Native Memoir by Ernestine Hayes
  • The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race by Anthony Christian Campo

Alternatives

There are alternatives, but they are not provided to parents and teachers by the Anchorage School District to help advance critical thinking on this controversial ideology. We offer a few of them here as resources to balance the new Critical Race Theory direction of the Anchorage School District:

The Truth About Critical Race Theory, by Chris Rufo.

Randall Kennedy’s Harvard Law Review analysis of CRT.

Beyond All Reason by Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry

CRT in schools:

Bad Education, by Chris Rufo, describing how a Philadelphia elementary school recently forced fifth-grade students to celebrate “black communism” and simulate a Black Power rally in honor of political radical Angela Davis.

Woke Elementary, Rufo’s report about an elementary school in Cupertino, California—a Silicon Valley community with a median home price of $2.3 million— that recently recently forced a class of third-graders to deconstruct their racial identities, then rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.”

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