ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Tensions are rising as several Georgia school systems look to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT). At a Cherokee County School Board meeting, parents applauded a resolution to prevent the district from implementing the curriculum. ”We simply won’t trade our principles for enticements like federal funding or special interest grants,” said Cherokee County School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower.

Supporters say opponents have it all wrong. Kimberle’ Crenshaw, the Columbia University and UCLA law professor who founded the legal construct of CRT, has said it supports the 13th, 14th and 15th Constitutional amendments and that it’s about confronting inequality. It takes a look at institutional racism, how it’s rooted in White supremacy and how it’s perpetuated in today’s society.

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Parents and elected officials who oppose it say it’s political and divisive. “It flies in the face of American core values, and that is because it focuses on skin color instead of focusing on what’s really important, and that’s content of character,” said State Representative Brad Thomas (R) District 21, who also spoke as a parent at the Cherokee County School Board meeting. “If you are advocating or allowing the teaching of CRT, a concept grounded in ideology and not real scholarship, you are, by definition that’s been accepted by the academy, promoting racism,” said Kendall Cameron, a parent who spoke at the Forsyth County School Board meeting during public comments.

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State Attorney General Chris Carr called the proposal flawed and radical, saying, “I believe in history by addition, not history by revision.” Governor Brian Kemp tweeted a letter he sent to the State Board of Education urging members to keep the ideology from taking root in Georgia.

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Hightower says the Cherokee County School District plans to continue its Social Emotional Learning Initiative to ensure all children feel welcome and valued.