Community members discuss critical race theory at the Fort Smith Senior Activity Center

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Members of the community join a panel discussion on critical race theory on September 21.

It was hosted and facilitated by Western Arkansas Transparency in Government at the Fort Smith Senior Activity Center.

One of the panelists was State Rep. Mark Lowery.

He says one of his main concerns with critical race theory is to make sure students don’t feel overwhelmed.

“These theories can be discussed in college classrooms, students know if they don’t like the situation they can get up and walk away,” Lowery said. “A fourth grader doesn’t really have the ability to get 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 at the round table to bring her thoughts to the table.

“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 of the institutions, the constitution, our laws, our economic policies, our social constructs are all racist,” Campbell said.

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