Critical Race Theory

Is CRT Too Progressive for California?

An Ode to the Pearl-Clutching American History “Purists”

The Antagonist Magazine
13 min readJul 21, 2021

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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations of 2020, many Americans wondered what we could do to heal our country. So, as anti-racism book recommendations circled the daily news, it was off to the bookstores to purchase Black literature. With our newly gained understanding of anti-racism, we could implement new policies, or that’s how I imagine the lexicon of these awakened folks went.

For example, California became the first state to move forward with ethnic studies additions to the K-12 curriculum. As a result, students will be able to engage in a “breadth of experiences” detailing the history, contributions, and struggles of Asian, Black, Latinx, and Native American peoples. The legislation of this model will also present students with more insight into Jewish, Armenian, and Sikh cultures.

California’s recent legislative win trails on the shadow of Burbank Unified School District (BUSD), where just last year, they removed the following race-based books from their core novels reading list: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; To Kill a Mockingbird; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; The Cay; and Of Mice and Men.

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The Antagonist Magazine

I explore the intersectionality of race and culture from a humanistic lens. Host of The Renegade Professor Podcast.