Several local and state politicians have come out against the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Georgia schools, including Bartow Board of Education Chairman Derek Keeney, who announced a bid for Georgia State Senate this weekend. Bartow NAACP representative Dexter Benning says that he actually agrees, but with a caveat.

 

“I don’t think that that should be taught at K-12. I think that’s a […] subject that should be taught at the college level, and not in the elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools,” Benning said in an interview with WBHF.

 

However, Benning emphasized the importance of being transparent in K-12 classrooms about the country’s history of racial discrimination. He also mentioned that race can play a role in one’s social standing to this day as after-effects of practices like slavery and redlining. Redlining was a practice that denied home loans to anyone who lived in predominantly Black neighborhoods, and although this policy is now outlawed, many formerly redlined areas are still majority Black and low-income.

 

“There’s no doubt that race plays a role in someone’s social standings,” Benning said. “Inequality is alive and well in this country. If you’ve never been discriminated against, you would not understand. Again, the truth is the truth. […] The real problem, when you really boil down to it is people don’t want to come across in a bad light. They want their history to be good, and it’s not always good.”