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Senator Blackburn slams University of Tennessee amid report it was seeking to create critical running center


The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is under fire after reporting that it has put forward proposals to partner with a ‘Critical Race Collective’ (CRC) and seeks to integrate social justice and anti-racism into various aspects from school.

The College Fix reported last week that the school’s Diversity and Engagement Division plans to establish a CRC Center to “enhance research and scholarship capacity in this area of ​​study and ‘identifying current racist policies and practices on campus’. Other plans would have included requiring faculty to engage in diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

“Critical Race Theory is a dangerous program that teaches that we are either oppressors or victims,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a statement to Fox News Digital in response to the UT program.

“It has no place in our schools and it creates a false narrative of division that pits Americans against each other. We should bring people together and teach students to be independent thinkers. In Tennessee, we believe in l equality, civility and opportunity for all.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “Texas’ Unconstitutional Abortion Ban and the Role of the Shadow Docket,” at the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, September 29, 2021.
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According to its webpage, the CRC is “a collection of researchers, teachers, and scholars who strive to bring a critical theoretical perspective on race to the University of Tennessee.”

It appears to be part of the university’s “Center for the Study of Social Justice”.

The CRC’s webpage adds that it adheres to “five central tenets of critical race theory,” which include “the centrality of race and racism in society” and a “commitment to social justice.”

Senator Blackburn slams University of Tennessee amid report it was seeking to create critical running center

Entrance to The Hill on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus in October 2012.
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The university referred Fox News Digital to a recent statement released by President Randy Boyd’s office.

“Our citizens take great pride in the University of Tennessee. We have a responsibility to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff have the tools necessary to succeed both on our campuses and in a global economy,” says the press release.

Senator Blackburn slams University of Tennessee amid report it was seeking to create critical running center

Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught at the Scottsdale Unified School District ahead of a digital school board meeting at Coronado High School in Scottsdale on May 24, 2021
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“We are committed to promoting diversity on our campuses – including diversity of people and diversity of ideas – to prepare the next generation to find solutions to real-world problems.”

“We recognize that there is an important difference between diversity efforts on campus and the promotion of an ideology. The university does not require students or faculty to adopt a specific ideology in order to graduate or obtain the We will review the ideas compiled in the Diversity Action Plans recently highlighted in the media and work to clarify any areas necessary to ensure that we meet our commitment to our students, our employees and the state. “


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