FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Community members join a panel discussion on Critical Race Theory on September 21.
It was organized and moderated by Western Arkansas Transparency in Government at the Fort Smith Senior Activity Center.
One of the panelists was State Representative Mark Lowery.
He says one of his main concerns with Critical Race Theory is making sure students don’t feel overwhelmed.
“These theories can be discussed in college classrooms, students know that if they don’t like the way it is, they can get up and go,” Lowery said. “A fourth grader really doesn’t have the ability to stand up and leave an uncomfortable discussion.”
Ila Campbell is a former history teacher and member of the Informed Parents of Fayetteville Public Schools group.
She was also present at the roundtable to share her thoughts.
“We don’t teach American history through the prism that we started out as a racist country and because we started out as a racist country, all the institutions, the constitution, our laws, our economic policies, our social constructs are all racist, ”Campbell said.