While Critical Race Theory is not taught in K-12 schools in Tennessee, the law bans instruction or material that “include” any of one of 11 poorly defined concepts. A sampling:
“Privilege” based on race or sex
“Discomfort” or “guilt” based on race or sex
“[D]ivision between, or resentment of, a race, sex, religion, creed, nonviolent political affiliation, social class, or class of people.”
Armed with this vague law, a Williamson County, Tennessee chapter of Moms For Liberty, a right-wing dark money group, filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the language arts curriculum for second graders in Williamson County school violates the law banning Critical Race Theory.
In May, Tennessee passed a law banning Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools. The state is already seeing the ugly consequences of the law. And things are likely to get worse. While Critical Race Theory is not taught in K-12 schools in Tennessee, the