Thousands of parents across the United States are claiming that teachings like Critical Race Theory (CRT) or those “inspired” by CRT are filtering into their children’s school courses without their consent.

“Putting children into boxes where they feel like they are either the oppressor or the oppressed at age 5 is wrong,” says Tiffany, a mother of four school-aged children and founder of the group, Moms for Liberty. “Divisive ideology about Critical Race Theory – it distracts children from what should be happening in the classroom.”

Quisha, a mother of two, says she is also strongly against CRT being taught in K-12 schools. “It is teaching that we are to judge people on the basis of their skin color,” she says, adding, “We should be trying to eradicate all instances where people are judged by their skin color and not by who they are.”

And Amy, who has four children, says she’s against teaching Critical Race Theory in public schools because she feels it’s “abusive” toward children and “designed to create hate.”

“Critical Race Theory is the exact opposite of what Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement fought for,” she claims.

Tune in to Wednesday’s Dr. Phil, “Critical Race Theory: A Nation Divided,” as Dr. Phil talks to parents, educators, and others from all sides of the equation about this polarizing topic.

Plus, find out why Dr. Shaun Harper, Race and Equity Director at the University of Southern California, says he thinks Americans on both sides of the debate are conflating conversations about structural and systemic racism with CRT and why it’s important to know the difference.

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