By Ken Blackwell
Small victories are still victories, and worth celebrating. So, as we — all Americans — come to realize just how much critical race theory has come to permeate our discourse and our dialogues, we are fighting back. We are reclaiming that most self-evident of truths— all men are created equal.
Last week, the Ohio State Board of Education repealed an “anti-racism” resolution and replaced it with something far more meaningful. Gone was the language of division, blame, and condemnation; in its place was offered something more hopeful.
The Board stood against teachings that “seek to ascribe circumstances or qualities, such as collective guilt, moral deficiency, or racial bias, to a whole race or group of people.” The Board also expressed “its unwavering commitment to excellence in education for all, education that empowers each student to reach his or her full potential” not as a member of a particular race – as was woven throughout Resolution 20 – but simply “as a member of the next great generation of Ohioans.”
As a native Ohioan and a former mayor of Cincinnati, it pains me to see how critical race theory is used to both reframe our history, our conversations and even alter the courses of action we must take to improve the lives of all of our children.
I denounce this educational fad, not as a Black man, but as an American.