UCLA database reveals well-funded push for critical race theory, claims Cornell law professor

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The difference between two databases, both designed to track critical race theory, reveals the strength of institutional and financial support behind CRT in American schools and businesses, argued Cornell Law professor William Jacobson. School and founder of CriticalRace.org

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law launched its “CRT Forward Tracking Project” in August, a database that will allow users to “track attacks on critical race theory” in “local, state and federal levels”.

Launched over a year ago, CriticalRace.org hosts a database that tracks critical race theory in higher education, private schools, and medical schools.

The database is a “resource for parents and students concerned about the impact of critical race theory and the implementation of critical race training on education,” according to the website.

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Yorba Linda, Calif., Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – The Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools.
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Jacobson told Fox News Digital that the difference between the two databases was a “metaphor” for critical race theory in the United States.

“The conventional wisdom, if you just read The New York Times and The Washington Post, is that anti-CRT groups are so well funded that there’s all kinds of black money coming their way, things like that. The reality is actually the opposite,” he said.

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Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught in the Scottsdale Unified School District ahead of a digital school board meeting at Coronado High School in Scottsdale on May 24, 2021.

Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught in 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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Jacobson pointed to the institutional heft and funding behind the UCLA database, as opposed to CriticalRace.org, which is affiliated with the popular Legal Insurrection website, and is run on a “minimal” budget.

“That’s really how the parenting movement and the anti-CRT movement works. These are people doing things with next to no money and getting incredible results,” he added.

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According to a UCLA press release, the law school database “is funded by a $400,000 grant from the Racial and Equity Fund of the Lumina Foundation and support from the Law School of UCLA”.

“So what we’ve found is that there’s a grassroots desire for what we’re doing,” Jacobson added. “I somehow doubt that’s true with the UCLA website. Their website is for activists, whereas ours is for the general population and people who want to learn.”

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Even the National Education Association, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation, points its members to the UCLA database as part of a “Know Your Rights: Back-to-School Guide.”

“Learn more about your rights as a patchwork of state and local censorship and anti-LGBTQ+ rules have cast doubt among educators,” reads the NEA guide.

The teachers’ union also tweeted its support for the database at its launch, writing: “A new UCLA project has found efforts across the country to censor teachers and eradicate honest education under the banner banning ‘critical race theory.’ The push to whitewash education must end.”

Tweet from the National Education Association about the UCLA database that tracks critical race theory.

Tweet from the National Education Association about the UCLA database that tracks critical race theory.
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Jacobson also pointed out how the UCLA database has targeted local opposition to critical race theory, not just policies enacted at the state and federal levels.

“They are targeting the one area that remains of opposition to this, and that area is state legislatures, local school boards and state governors,” he said. “The academics are completely on board with that. The foundations are completely on board with the CRT stuff… The only place there is pushback is in state and local governments, because those are the only institutions that have not already been captured by liberals or the left.”

According to the UCLA database, the project has identified nearly 500 “cases of anti-critical race theory activity” since August 2021.

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Cases cited by UCLA are categorized by “local school district,” “city or county government,” or “state and federal.” Examples include programs, resolutions, and laws passed at the local, state, or federal level.

UCLA did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.