Conservative student calls CRT class course ‘most impactful’ she’s taken


A conservative white student at the University of Mississippi School of Law has described the state’s only Critical Race Theory (CRT) course as “the most impactful and enlightening course” she has ever had followed.

Brittany Murphree, of Rankin County, Mississippi, a sophomore in law school at Ole Miss, recently wrote a letter to Mississippi lawmakers about the CRT course she is taking after the state senate controlled by the Republicans passed a new bill to ban discussion of CRTs in K-12 schools and colleges.

Mississippi is one of several Republican states that began drafting legislation attacking CRT in schools in response to the 2020 racial justice protests, which demanded that the US education system reassess how it teaches. the story.

“To date, this course has been the most impactful and informative course I have taken throughout my undergraduate and graduate career at Mississippi State’s flagship university,” Murphree wrote to the Mississippi House Education Committee, according to a copy of the letter. obtained by mississippi todayIt’s Molly Minta.

The national battle over CRT erupted last year as conservatives began pushing for parental rights in the K-12 program and want to see it banned from classrooms. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn are among the state’s GOP leaders who have publicly argued against the CRT.

On January 21, after all black senators walked out of the chamber in protest, the state senate voted to pass SB 2113. The bill would ban schools, community colleges and universities from teach “that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin is inherently superior or inferior.” He is now on his way to the Chamber.

Murphree, who says she hasn’t heard from any lawmakers yet, told Minta, “The party I associate with doesn’t even know what the truth about this class is.”

“Why are they so afraid that people are just theorizing and thinking,” she said. “We’re not going to become, like, communists. Y’all relax.”

Murphree previously served as president of her high school’s Teenage Republicans of Mississippi chapter and once served as an intern for Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

His county is also among the major Republican strongholds in the state. Rankin County voted overwhelmingly for former President Donald Trump, with more than 72% of residents voting for the Republican nominee. Murphree herself has also voted for Trump in the past.

But despite his political affiliation, Murphree disagrees with many of his fellow Republicans who want to ban CRT in schools.

“The banning of classes and teachings like these takes away the opportunity for people of all backgrounds and races to come together and discuss very important topics that otherwise would not be discussed,” Murphree wrote. in his letter.

“I believe this bill not only undermines the values ​​of the Hospitaller State, but declares that Mississippians are structured in hatred and rooted in great ignorance,” she added.

“Banning classes and teachings like these deprives people of all backgrounds and races of the opportunity to come together and discuss very important topics that otherwise would not be discussed,” Brittany said. Murphree, a law student at Ole Miss, to Mississippi lawmakers in a letter supporting critical race theory appeals to the school. Ole Miss Rebels cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown during the 2nd half of an NCAA college football game against the Auburn Tigers on October 29, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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The law student said she decided to take ‘Law 743: Critical Race Theory’ this semester after wanting to understand what CRT really entails, adding that many of her friends and family did not approve. their decision to take the course.

In the class of 13, Murphree is one of four white students.

She said it was frustrating to see other conservatives thrust the CRT into the national spotlight as something it’s not, but said she understood why many people she grew up with got away with it. worried about his teachings.

“Here in the Bible Belt, people rely on the fact that they are a good person, they go to church on Sundays, they give money to the poor, so they could never imagine being called a racists,” Murphree said.

She said that even if CRT was banned in classrooms, it would not prevent students from seeing racism occur in their daily lives.

“I could just look around and see people in my [high school] class, and I could see the racial divide and how people were literally saying the n-word,” Murphree said. “Nobody had to teach me things. I’ve seen it in my life.”


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