Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) informed The Tennessee Star that it doesn’t plan to implement critical race theory.
MNPS spokesperson Sean Braisted responded to inquiries from The Star about remarks from the district’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion executive officer, Ashford Hughes. We asked whether Hughes would implement any of the banned tenets in MNPS’s forthcoming “Equity Roadmap,” and if MNPS planned to implement critical race theory.
Braisted responded, “Mr. Hughes was not suggesting those reading materials be a part of school curriculum, but rather that those interested in discussing the subject, read about what they are discussing.
“No, the district does not plan to ‘implement critical race theory,'” he concluded.
The finalized version of MNPS’s Equity Roadmap has yet to be published.
“This Juneteenth weekend I hope we can increase the debate around what Critical Race Theory actually IS by reading the scholarly works that have been written by leaders of the theory for over 30 plus years,” wrote Hughes. “This book should be on your shelf whether you oppose or support.”
This Juneteenth weekend I hope we can increase the debate around what Critical Race Theory actually IS by reading the scholarly works that have been written by leaders of the theory for over 30 plus years. This book should be on your shelf whether you oppose or support. 📚 pic.twitter.com/DdUnTi94zZ
— Ashford Hughes Sr. (@ashfordhughes) June 19, 2021
An online, free public version of the book is available here.
Hughes celebrated President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke previous President Donald Trump’s ban on incorporating critical race theory in employee training.
— Ashford Hughes Sr. (@ashfordhughes) January 22, 2021
Like the banned tenets now outlined in Tennessee law, Trump’s ban didn’t mention the words “critical race theory.” Both bans covered the tenets of the theory at length, such as: that a race can be fundamentally racist or sexist; that an individual’s race makes them inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive; that treatment of others should be based on race; that race determines moral character, values, privilege, status, and beliefs, as well as exacts blame or responsibility for past and current wrongs.
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