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A Glimmer of Hope in the Fight against CRT

Are Americans who reject the vicious assertions of critical race theory and don’t want it taught to their children willing to take the slings and arrows of “progressives” and fight to boot school officials who want it?

In one town, the answer is yes. That town is Guilford, Conn., and in this Minding the Campus piece, history professor Jay Bergman explains what happened. Five candidates for the school board who opposed teaching CRT handily defeated the incumbents who wanted it.

Bergman sums it up this way: “The results of the election have national implications. If Americans not deluded by the malicious certitudes of left-wing academic ideology can make their voices heard in one town in Connecticut, with a population just over 77,000, there is no reason that what happened there cannot be replicated elsewhere. In their courage, integrity, and stubborn adherence to principle — in their refusing to be intimidated by opponents like the Hartford Courant, which in a scurrilous editorial smeared them as latter-day Klansmen, the TIE candidates and their supporters are reminiscent of the Civil Rights Movement, which stirred the conscience of an entire country.”

To paraphrase a chant popular back in the 1960s, “One, two, many Guilfords!”

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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