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As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black activists say critical race theory tarnishes his legacy.

"Critical race theory points out that only one group or race is systematically racist, and that they are irredeemable and can never be forgiven," Emery McClendon told Fox News on Sunday. "That concept totally contradicts Scripture and the morals of civilized society."

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"Dr. King taught love and the need for mankind to seek to judge one another based on the content of our character, not on the color of our skin," said McClendon, a member of the Project 21 national advisory council.

Members of Project 21, a Black leadership network, also say the CRT controversy hurts King's dream of seeing all people united as one.

McClendon says critical race theory and the 1619 Project cause division and disruption among the races.

"Because the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory have perpetuated a narrative of 'systemic racism,' it is all the more imperative that we refocus our efforts on why it is important to reach Dr. King's dream of climbing to the mountaintop," McClendon said in a press release on Sunday.

"CRT is a very harmful doctrine and at the onset of its training, causes Black students and others to always see themselves as inferior and helpless victims who are discriminated against with no possible solution for change, or advancement," McClendon told Fox News.

"We must stress that every individual is capable of obtaining success and the pursuit of the American Dream through hard work and determination," McClendon said.

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Condoleezza Rice shared her thoughts about public schools teaching critical race theory (CRT) to children on ABC's The View.

Rice appeared on Wednesday's episode of The View with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Sara Haines.

Rice, the 2nd Black U.S. secretary of state in history, said parents ought to have a say in what their children are taught in schools.

She noted that home schooling is increasing in the United States because parents are fed up with the liberal curriculum in schools.

"[Parents] are actually homeschooling [children] in increasing numbers. And I think that's a signal," Rice said.

"First of all, parents ought to be involved in their children's education... I think parents ought to have a say. We used to have parent-teacher conferences; We used to have [Parent-Teacher Association's]. There are lots of ways for parents to be involved, and they should be."

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Rice, 66, said CRT was not helpful to Black or white students and that white students were being made to feel guilty for systemic racism in the United States.

"The way we're talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past," said Rice.

Rice added that she didn't feel teaching CRT in schools was "productive" to Black or white children.

"I don't think that's very productive or Black people feel disempowered by race. I would like Black kids to be completely empowered to know they are beautiful in their Blackness, but in order to do that, I don't have to make white kids feel bad for being white. So, somehow this is a conversation that has gone in the wrong direction."

Rice added:

"We teach the good and we teach the bad of history. But what we don't do is make 7- and 10-year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin."

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An outraged parent's criticism of Critical Race Theory (CRT) is going viral online. Ty Smith, a father of two sons, spoke out against the anti-race movement at an Illinois school board meeting.

Smith, who holds two medical degrees, questioned the theory of teaching Black children that they are oppressed.

"How did I get where I am right now if some white man kept me down?"

Smith complained that CRT teaches children how to hate each other. CRT also teaches Black children that they will never get ahead because of white people.

"You're going to deliberately teach [Black] kids, 'this white kid right here got it better than you because he's white'? You're going to purposely tell a white kid that black people are all down and oppressed? How do I have two medical degrees if I'm sitting here oppressed?"

Smith, who hosts the "Cancel This" program on Cities 92.9FM talk radio, appeared on Fox News to talk about the video going viral.

He said he taught his two sons (ages 17 and 19) to treat people with respect -- not based on the color of their skin.

At the end of the video, a woman shouts at Smith, "Don't scream." The video ends abruptly as people turn on her.

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D.L. Hughley is among the descendants of slaves in America who are side-eyeing Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday.

The comedian is among Black Americans who are on the fence about how swiftly Juneteenth became a federal holiday.

Juneteenth celebrates the day slaves in Galveston, Texas learned they were free - two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862.

Most Black people outside of Texas had never heard of Juneteenth until President Donald Trump decided to hold a rally on that same day last year.

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Trump later changed the date of his rally, saying, "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous."

Semi-retired singer Beyonce quickly recorded a track - "Black Parade" - to capitalize on the controversy.

The very next year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday, leaving most people Googling to learn the meaning behind it.

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Many are now questioning whether Juneteenth would be a federal holiday at all if Trump had chosen a different date for his rally last year.

D.L. says Black people have been demanding reparations, justice and equality for decades, but instead got a 3-day weekend.

There's another reason D.L. and others are wary of the new holiday -- several U.S. Senators who voted for the bill are trying to block schools from teaching about critical race theory.

As he put it, it's hard to explain the holiday if critical race theory is censored.

In the end, D.L. is all for another day to BBQ, but he adds, this holiday does nothing to level the playing field.

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A North Carolina news outlet sparked outrage on social media after publishing an editorial cartoon depicting prominent GOP politicians as KKK bigots.

WRAL, an NBC affiliate based in Raleigh, NC, labeled Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and State Board of Education member Olivia Oxendine as members of the Ku Klux Klan for objecting to teaching Black Lives Matter's critical race theory in the state's public schools.

Under the proposed curriculum, children as young as elementary school age will be introduced to racial politics, gender and transgender identities and dismantling the nuclear family headed by 2 heterosexual parents.

The Black Lives Matter-authored curriculum teaches children that they were "assigned" a gender at birth and they can be whatever gender they choose to be.

In the cartoon, an elephant, holding a copy of the state's proposed curriculum, is dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe, while declaring, "we prefer to start with a clean sheet."

Robinson, who is Black, slammed WRAL as "vile" for publishing the cartoon, drawn by 8th-grade social studies teacher Dennis Draughon, during Black History Month in America.

"On the second day of Black History Month, the first black Lt. Governor of North Carolina has been portrayed as such by one of the largest news outlets in this state," Robinson said. "It's something we cannot stand for."

Oxendine, the board's only Native American member, voiced her opposition to the proposed social studies standards, saying it gives "the feeling of America the oppressor, not America the land of opportunity."

Twitter user @flyfischer4428 slammed WRAL, writing: "I CANNOT believe how offensive this is. @markrobinsonNC is black. Olivia Oxendine is a Native American. @WRAL, @wlos this cartoon should be a story by itself."

Another Twitter user, @LotusBlossom44, wrote: "Wow. I thought WRAL couldn't sink any lower. This is shameful in so many ways. Calling GOP the KKK for not wanting to include race-based ideologies in the educational curriculum?"

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