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Critical Race Theory Can’t Be Banned. It Can Be Exposed, Mocked, and Avoided.

A right-libertarian perspective.

By Robby Soave, Reason

Alarm about critical race theory—a previously obscure field of study pioneered by far-left legal scholars and sociologists—has suddenly gripped the political right. This development has forced the right’s adversaries on Team Blue to defend a theory that very few people on either side of this increasingly silly debate could accurately define if challenged to do so.

At least Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was honest. Last week, under intense grilling by House Republicans, he conceded that he would “have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is.” Nevertheless, he thought there was certainly a place for it in university classrooms; after all, students of history study communism and fascism, not because those were good ideas, but because it’s important to learn why they failed.

“The United States Military Academy is a university,” said Milley. “It is important that we train and we understand. I want to understand white rage, and I’m white. And I want to understand it.”

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