Ted Cruz releases eBook teaching 'defense' against Critical Race Theory – Chron

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks during a hearing to examine US-Russia policy at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 7, 2021.
As Texas school districts challenge books for teaching so-called critical race theory, Sen. Ted Cruz has released a how-to guide for conservatives planning to run for school boards. The work outlines how to “fight” against the academic framework from being taught in K-12 education.
The Republican senator recently released his free eBook “Critical Race Theory: A Lecture by Senator Ted Cruz” in collaboration with the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit that trains conservatives for political action. In the 10-page book, Cruz tries to explain what CRT is, where it came from and how to spot the concept in school curricula in order to “argue against [educators] effectively in your own community.”
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Critical race theory is a graduate-level framework asserting the existence of embedded racism in American institutions, history and the nation’s judicial system. Developed in the 1970s and 1980s by scholars, including Harvard Law School professor Derrick Bell, critical race theory is not taught in K-12 schools and is usually reserved for post-graduate programs or law schools. 
However, Cruz’s book claims teachers unions are pushing the concept in schools and relates CRT to “Marxism,” a social, political, and economic philosophy named after Karl Marx, saying CRT is to Marxism “what branches are to a tree trunk.” The manual also condemns the novel “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram Kendi as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project,” a series written for a special edition of the New York Times Magazine that aims to reframe U.S. history through the lens of slavery. 
According to Cruz, some words for conservatives to specifically look out for are “white privilege,” “intersectionality,” “systemic racism” and most importantly “equity.” While he writes that students should learn about the history of slavery in the U.S., Cruz ends his book with “Together, I think we can defeat Critical Race Theory in our schools and make sure that students learn the true history of America — the story of American greatness.”
GOP lawmakers, including Cruz, have frequently targeted CRT. On Sept. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 3, replacing a previous “critical race theory” law passed in May. The more restrictive and broader law, which went into effect on Dec.2, targets how topics such as race and racism can be discussed in Texas schools.
Cruz has previously espoused his opposition to the discussion of critical race theory. Over the summer in an appearance at the Faith and Freedom Coalition to Majority Conference, the junior senator condemned CRT, calling it “a lie” and “every bit as racist as a Klansmen in white sheets.”
“Critical race theory is fundamentally racist and irredeemably racist,” Cruz said at the event. “Critical race theory seeks to turn us against each other.” 
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Ariana Garcia joined Chron in 2021. Previously, she was a community news and breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. She enjoys binge-watching anime and films makeup tutorials in her spare time. 


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