About a year ago, Mary Jane Evink was clueless about the phrase “critical race theory.”

She wasn’t alone – many Americans still find it puzzling even after the events of the past decade, which have brought more public attention to racial inequalities.

Contact Matthew at mehler@grandhaventribune.com.

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I appreciate the Tribune's publication of the article that helps to not only explain what CRT is, but also illuminates how these unsubstantiated claims about our local K-12 schools utilizing this higher-ed legal theory to "indoctrinate" students in socialist ideology is just the latest manifestation of the kind of culture wars historians tell us are all too often "battled out within schools."

These battles are waged at the expense of our students. I applaud the efforts of GHAPS executive curriculum director Mary Jane Evink for GHAPS and the rest of the school system's staff for showing up every day to ensure our students receive the high-quality education our area schools are known for.


Excellent article regarding CRT and the fact that it is a college level, frequently law school subject. It is not “taught” at the K-12 school level regardless of what some would have us believe. It’s a political touchpoint that some have used to foster divisions between us that do not exist. Thank you to the Tribune and Mary Jane Evink for helping to clarify what CRT is and what it isn’t.

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