When asked whether critical race theory should be taught in their child's school, just under half of American parents said yes, a poll by USA Today and Ipsos found. But when asked about teaching the ongoing effects of slavery and racism — topics central to critical race theory — support grew to almost two-thirds. Thirty percent of parents opposed teaching either subject. The poll was taken from August 30 to September 1, 2021.
Source: Erin Richards and Alia Wong, “Parents want kids to learn about ongoing effects of slavery — but not critical race theory. They're the same thing,” USA Today, Sept. 10, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/yckv2ukt
Data for the graphic are as follows:
|Teaching Topic||Percentage Supporting||Percentage Opposing||Percentage Who Don't Know|
|Critical Race Theory||49%||30%||21%|
|Ongoing Effects of Slavery and Racism in U.S.||63%||30%||7%|