Mary Grabar, Resident Fellow at The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), tackles Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project in an essay published on June 10 in The Federalist, an online journal that covers American politics and culture. In “Axing Critical Race Theory Allows for Teaching Honest History About The Tulsa Violence 100 Years Ago,” Dr. Grabar distinguishes between the application of the ideology of Critical Race Theory to the study of history and honest scholarship that teaches the complexities of this country’s history of race and racism. She focuses on the Tulsa Race Riot (1921), about which President Joe Biden lectured the public recently.
Dr. Grabar contrasts the characterization of the Tulsa Riot by “woke” activists with the more accurate and balanced coverage of 1776 Unites, an organization founded by Robert Woodson.
It “represents a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of writers, thinkers, and activists focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility.”
History is complicated,” Grabar observes. “People don’t act as preprogrammed members of racial, ethnic, or class groups. At times, individuals act nobly; on other occasions, sometimes terribly, and all in situations often far different from ours. Some people participate in mobs; others help the victims of mobs. Jettisoning critical race theory and the 1619 Project, she concludes, “would not preclude teaching black history. On the contrary, it would allow a multifaceted, honest, and truthful history to be told.”