Forty-nine percent of parents support teaching critical race theory in schools: Poll

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Forty-nine percent of parents approve of teaching critical race theory in K-12 education, according to a national poll released Friday.

While most parents support teaching the consequences of slavery and racism to schoolchildren, their sentiment regarding critical race theory is less positive, the USA Today/Ipsos back-to-school survey found.

Critical race theory and related ideologies argue the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between white and nonwhite communities. Critics claim it delegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to victimhood.

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Thirty percent of participants opposed the teaching of critical race theory outright, and 21% did not know how they felt, according to the data.

Sixty-three percent supported educating the nation's youth on the "ongoing effects of slavery and racism," results showed.

That left 30% of parents who disapproved of teaching the effects of America's past, which left some concerned about the disputants, the poll's analysis showed.

"Who are those 1 out of 4 parents who don't want their kid learning history?" said David Hinojosa, a lawyer with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. "Or do they think American history should be taught, but without slavery?"

"More than 8 in 10 Democrat parents believed their children should learn about the lingering impact of slavery and racism in schools, compared to fewer than 4 in 10 Republican parents," it read.

The study was administered between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, and roughly 20% of participants were parents of children in school.

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The poll's credibility interval, similar to a margin of error, was plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. It was conducted among 2,000 U.S. residents.

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