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Critical race theory at center of heated debate at Fort Worth school board meeting

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Anti-CRT protesters helped pack the Fort Worth Independent School District Board of Education meeting on June 22. In total, 86 people spoke at the meeting, including 48 anti-CRT or anti-equity speakers.

Residents packed the Fort Worth school board meeting on Tuesday over the teaching of “critical race theory.”

Hundreds of people attended the board room, with dozens speaking either for or against the theory.

Participants speaking against critical race theory said its teaching is negatively indoctrinating their children and victimizes minority students.

Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought originating in the 1970s and ‘80s that analyzes how racism impacts the U.S. and its various systems. The theory has recently become an umbrella term among conservative activists and politicians who have used the term to criticize anti-racist education efforts.

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that restricts how America’s history of racism can be taught in public schools.

Those advocating for equitable education and speaking out against those protesting critical race theory said the teaching of racism and the negative aspects of America’s history is necessary to give children a complete education.

Arlington resident Jonathan Roger said the critical race theory protesters have also spoken out at other school district board meetings in North Texas.

Roger said protesters marched from downtown to the meeting Tuesday night.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.