Critical race theory debate unsettles communities in US borderlands

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 Proponents and opponents of critical race theory  in attendance as the Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban it from being taught in schools in Placentia, California. Photograph: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Proponents and opponents of critical race theory in attendance as the Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban it from being taught in schools in Placentia, California. Photograph: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

There is an old saying: “In Ireland a hundred miles is a long way, and in America a hundred years is a long time.”

I drove 2,000 miles exploring the Texas-Mexico borderlands, experiencing a landscape so vast, so endless and unforgiving, on my return it felt as if I had been to space and back. Driving through the hallucinatory desert mountains, I wondered at the fates of migrant travellers who cross this parched expanse on foot.

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