Luke Gentile, Washington Examiner, July 22, 2023
A South Carolina school district has become embroiled in a dispute surrounding critical race theory after a high school teacher allegedly conducted a lesson centered on “systemic racism” teaching that “White America is syndicate for control.”
Meetings of the Lexington-Richland School District 5 have been the site of debate and turmoil after Chapin High School teacher Mary Wood purportedly introduced multiple books and videos into her lesson plan, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, according to a report.
The work discussed the author’s experiences regarding being black in the United States. Critics maintain it violates South Carolina law, which sets limits on K-12 lessons on race and bars the instruction of critical race theory.
The teaching of the book caused “several students to feel uncomfortable because of the color of their skin,” one mother said.
Between the World and Me argues that “white America is a syndicate to dominate and control our bodies,” another mother said.
“This is not only inappropriate and divisive, this is illegal,” she said “We had students email some board members that they feel ashamed to be white after reading these books and being assigned these assignments.”