Opposition to the Culture Wars

Articles, Documents, Statements on Opposition to the Right-Wing Culture Wars

Key Statements and Calls

African American Policy Forum (AAPF), “A Call to Action,”  https://www.aapf.org/truthbetold-call-to-action

PEN America, “Educational Gag Orders” (statement, analysis, history), https://pen.org/report/educational-gag-orders/

PEN America Warns: Educational Gag Orders Spreading to Higher Education, https://academeblog.org/2022/02/01/pen-america-warns-educational-gag-orders-spreading-to-higher-education/


Academic, Professional, Intellectual Groups

American Anthropological Association, “Anti-Racism and Social Justice,” https://www.americananthro.org/mpaac#AntiRacism

Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

American Historical Association (AHA)

https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/aha-president-and-executive-director-publish-op-ed-on-divisive-concepts-legislation-(october-2021); here is the op-ed: “State laws are corrupting the study of history by forcing ‘opposing viewpoints’ in the classroom” https://thehill.com/opinion/education/577464-state-laws-are-corrupting-the-study-of-history-by-forcing-opposing?rnd=1634679469&rl=1d

  • AHA Grossman and Jeremy C. Young w. art in The Hill July 2021

https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/aha-staff-members-publish-article-on-divisive-concepts-bills-(july-2021);  here is the article: “To understand the history wars, follow the paper trail,” https://thehill.com/opinion/education/561549-to-understand-the-history-wars-follow-the-paper-trail

Later this summer, the findings of a recent national survey of “people’s understandings and uses of the past” will be released on the AHA website. head of the release of the full results, various media outlets have published articles on the survey, including History News Network; WCCO radio; the Milwaukee Independent; and two articles in Time, “The Split in How Americans Think About Our Collective Past Is Real—But There’s a Way Out of the ‘History Wars’,” and “‘Critical Race Theory Is Simply the Latest Bogeyman.’ Inside the Fight Over What Kids Learn About America’s History.”

American Bar Association

Authors Guild

Learn from History Coalition—“collectively representing millions of parents, educators, students, and other Americans of goodwill,” https://learnfromhistory.org/


PEN America


Zinn Project

“Right-Wing Campaign to Block Teaching for Social Justice,”



Academic and Educational Labor

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)–national, locals, state organizations

AAUP—see above under “Academic, Professional, Intellectual Groups

Bargaining for the Common Good

  • “The Bargaining for the Common Good Network is made up of unions, community groups, racial justice organizations and student organizations that work together as equal partners to win bigger and broader demands at the bargaining table and in the streets”


National Center for Collective Bargaining in Higher Education


National Education Association (NEA)

NYSUT, NY State affiliate of AFT and NEA

Some Articles on teachers’ unions

“Teachers’ Unions Vow to Defend Members in Critical Race Theory Fight,” Education Week


Social and Racial Justice Advocacy Groups

African American Policy Forum (AAPF)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU

Color of Change, “the nation’s largest online racial justice organization”

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Scholars for Social Justice, https://scholarsforsocialjustice.com/

HPAD Sanctions Syllabus, https://www.historiansforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Empire-of-Sanctions-Syllabus.pdf

Renate Bridenthal, Molly Nolan and Prasannan Parthasarathi from HPad’s Empire Working Group have drafted a syllabus on economic sanctions–their forms, legality, and effectiveness, their history across the twentieth century and their current deployment, as well as blowback from and resistance to them. The syllabus can be used in whole or individual weeks or parts can be selected. All materials are readily available online.

Updated 2/24/2022