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Southern Baptists Face Turmoil Over Critical Race Theory, Whatever It Is

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“Critical race theory,” again?

Groan. Every time I surf the news these days, those three little words continue to pop up, even though hardly anybody, including the people who say it, seem to know what “critical race theory” or CRT, for short, really means.

So I was only half-surprised to see the CRT dispute has even reached churches, ...Read more

The Historic Latta Plantation Controversy Reminds Us What Juneteenth Can Teach Us

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After more than a century and a half of underappreciation, the emancipation celebration known as Juneteenth is bringing out the regional differences in various ways, some of which make me wonder whether the Civil War really ended in 1865 — and if so, who won.

“Juneteenth,” also called Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, among other names, ...Read more

Vice President Kamala Harris’ Charm Offensive Turned Mostly Offensive

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually was being kind when she described Vice President Kamala Harris’ “Do not come” message to undocumented Central American migrants as “disappointing.” “Embarrassing” would have been closer to the point.

On her first foreign trip as vice president, at a news conference with Guatemalan President ...Read more

American Reporter Detained in Myanmar for Committing Journalism

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He was so close.

Danny Fenster was about to board a plane in Myanmar on May 24 to return home to Michigan.

Instead he was detained at Yangon International Airport, apparently for — as one of his former teachers at Columbia College in Chicago aptly tweeted — “performing acts of journalism.”

I say “apparently” because the military ...Read more

Let’s Not Forget: Chicago Had a ‘Black Wall Street’ Too

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Of the many lessons to be considered 100 years after a breathtakingly brutal race riot tore through Tulsa’s Greenwood district, one of the most painful is this: Tulsa wasn’t alone.

The two-day rampage came two years after the “Red Summer” of 1919 in which race riots and white supremacist terrorism tore through more than three dozen ...Read more

Loyola Academy Stirs Up an Unexpected Lesson in What Race, Privilege and Education Really Mean

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Education or indoctrination? That’s the big question at the core of the hullabaloo over “critical race theory,” and you don’t have to be a conservative to worry about it. You only have to be a parent.

The concept of critical race theory, or CRT, has been widely roasted by conservative politicians, commentators and activists as radical, ...Read more



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