The Legal Case Against CRT

Critical race theory has its day in court.

The fight against critical race theory has taken an important new step: into the courtroom. In the past year, my reporting on critical race theory in America’s schools and corporations has inspired a national debate, but in recent months, has also inspired four lawsuits, which hope to demonstrate that this ideology—which traffics in racial stereotyping, scapegoating, and segregation—violates the First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, and Civil Rights Act.

Here is a summary of the current state of play:

Two Springfield, MO, teachers sue their district over critical race theory training

Last year, I broke the story that Springfield, Missouri, public schools were teaching white, straight Christians that they were “oppressors” and “covert white supremacists.” Now, two brave Springfield teachers are suing the school district for violating their civil rights. The teachers are being represented by our friends at the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

An Evanston, IL, teacher sues the district alleging racial discrimination

The Southeastern Legal Foundation has also filed a lawsuit to stop critical race theory indoctrination in the Evanston-Skokie School District in Illinois, which segregated teachers by race, compared “whiteness” to the devil, and claimed “to be less white is to be less oppressive.” They will win this case—and shut down critical race theory indoctrination wherever it arises.

Californians for Equal Rights challenges the state’s radical ethnic studies curriculum

Earlier this year, I exposed the radicalism in California’s statewide ethnic studies curriculum, which encourages students to chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice and advocates for the “decolonization” of American society. Californians for Equal Rights, along with the Thomas More Society, have now filed a lawsuit against the State of California to eliminate this practice.

A former AmEx employee alleges he was terminated for opposing the company’s critical race theory training

Following my reporting on American Express Corporation’s race reeducation program, former employee Brian Netzel has initiated a lawsuit against the company, alleging that he was fired for voicing opposition to critical race theory in the workplace. He is represented by my friend Dave Pivtorak, who is leading the fight against CRT in America’s corporations.

Christopher F. Rufo is a writer, filmmaker, and senior fellow of Manhattan Institute. He has directed four documentaries for PBS and is currently a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers critical race theory, homelessness, addiction, crime, and other afflictions.

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