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Martin Luther King Jr.’s son says Texas Republicans are misrepresenting his father’s words in effort to whitewash history

Republican Texas lawmakers have justified their efforts to limit how racism and current events are taught in school by saying that critical race theory judges people by the color of their skin. Martin Luther King III and experts disagree.

Martin Luther King III at the Atlanta History Center. MLK III is the oldest son of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. July 22, 2021.

Critical Race Theory FAQ

  • What is critical race theory?

  • How do Texas’ new laws discuss critical race theory?

  • What do Texas teachers think about the theory?

  • What are lawmakers doing on critical race theory during the special session?

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New “critical race theory” law

“There always are setbacks”

Nuanced accounts of history 

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