James Clyburn denies critical race theory is being taught in elementary schools, calls claim a 'red herring'

James Clyburn denies critical race theory is being taught in elementary schools, calls claim a 'red herring'
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Elementary school students are not being taught critical race theory in classrooms, said Rep. James Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat.

Conservatives are using critical race theory as a "red herring," Clyburn said, adding that critical race theory is only taught at the university level.

"This whole issue on race, and all this activity we see going on in elementary schools all about critical race theory — theory is the operative word," Clyburn told Axios. "We do not teach theory in elementary schools. We teach people in elementary school to read, write, and how to be well-mannered — how to be respectful of others."

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"Critical race theory is something at the university level, and for us to continue to apply that to these elementary schools and high schools, [inaudible] that debate around the country ... come clean to the American people and let them know this is a red herring," he added.


Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies hold that the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites. Critics claim it relegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to that of victims.

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The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, also said critical race theory was not being taught in K-12 classrooms.

“Critical race theory is not taught in elementary schools, or middle schools, or high schools,” Weingarten said July 6 at an American Federation of Teachers conference. “It’s a method of examination taught in law school and in college that helps analyze whether systemic racism exists and, in particular, whether it has an effect on law and public policy.”

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