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In this episode, League of Education Voters CEO Lauri Hennessey talks with Edwin Lindo, a Critical Race Theory scholar at the University of Washington. Professor Lindo addresses the controversy around Critical Race Theory, clarifying what it is and also how incredibly important it is that students learn about our true history. You can find more about him on Twitter @edwinlindo.


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6 comments on “Washington Game Changers Podcast – Critical Race Theory Scholar Edwin Lindo

  1. This doesn’t make sense to me. Teaching people who abuse how to not abuse changes nothing about abusers — they continue abusing. Teaching people how someone was abused also doesn’t change anything about historical or current abuses.

  2. I am still confused and feel completely marginalized listening to the critical race theory as it is being taught at the college level. I have been in 2 trainings and felt completely under attack. My grandfather was a freed black in 1833 Daniel Savage, my heritage is very mix. Native, Black, Jewish, Polish, Irish, Scottish, my family came from absolute poverty! My grandmother didn’t have shoes until 11. My great grandmother was given snuff starting at 3 years old to keep her awake to work picking cotton. The whole family was slaves to the cotton field owners. (my great grandmother had belts taken to her back) I do not know one person who is pure “white” I am very confused by this concept. I also took care of my best girlfriend in grade school, she was paralyzed from the neck down because a “bigot” ran her over when she was 3. We didn’t refer to each other as black and white, our love for each other was about being sisters!!! Just because my skin is considered white doesn’t make me racist. I also am a teacher that taught the truth of history because truth does need to be told, the common core curriculum also requires us to teach the history regardless of what people are saying. Using Howard Zinn’s, Us History according to the People is a great resource. We must stop calling individuals by “colors” my name identifies me and I really think most people are just trying to create more divisions, people trying to dominate each other, this is the dysfunction. Systemically the foundations of government and education should have reforms and critical conversations about how it should change, but not coming at it by telling anyone with light skin they are racist, this doesn’t build trust, people will avoid the trainings and reforms if there is violence and threats involved.

  3. Lindo, in the LEV CRT podcast, does differentiate CRT from teaching accurate history. They are not the same thing. Howeve, critics conflate the two as being the same. Unfortunately, there are some teachers who probably, inappropriately, teach CRT to their students in public school classrooms.

  4. This is very informative of CRT and I appreciate it. At the same time, it is a presentation/lecture/talk that much of the general public would not understand. I’m thinking of my own relatives that are not highly educated and are suspicious of these issues anyway. I’d thought this was something I could suggest they listen to. Sadly, it’s not so I’ll keep looking for something less academic.

  5. I really enjoyed this episode about CRT. Edwin was on point about his analysis of each example of critical thinking.

    A lot of folks today just do the same thing that their parents did not thinking for themselves or questioning their morales and values.

    I would really like to hear Edwin speak on patriotism using the CRT methodology.

  6. I really want to share this, but the captioning has a lot of mistakes that make it harder to understand: tenants, instead of tenets; by Poc instead of BIPOC, and others. Can it be improved?

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