Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic concept which posits the idea that racism is not merely a product of individual bias but something that is embedded in U.S. institutions and leads to differential outcomes by race.

While CRT is taught almost exclusively at the post-graduate level, there have been widespread claims that CRT, or CRT “inspired” teachings, are either currently taught or are being proposed to teach in K-12 education. These individuals say that Critical Race Theory is divisive and has no place in the public school system. Others, like Laura Cathcart Robbins, a writer, podcast host, and mother of two, say it’s long overdue in the K-12 curriculum.

“We need to study Critical Race Theory so that we have a better understanding of where we were and where we’re headed,” she says. “I say let people come to their own conclusions after studying this – but let it be studied.”

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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