Critical race theory
Critical race theory (CRT) is a Postmodernist construct based on Critical theory that teaches that race is not genetic. Instead, race is a social construct and a basis for political struggles in the fight for racial justice. In some schools Critical race theory is being camouflaged as Culturally relevant teaching (CRT) or culturally responsive teaching (CRT).
Critical race theory rejects the core teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, that people should be judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Critical race theory teaches that white people, white society, and white culture is inherently and irredeemably racist. Christopher Rufo of the Manhattan Institute says CRT “isn’t an exercise in promoting racial sensitivity or understanding history. It’s a radical ideology that seeks to use race as a means of moral, social and political revolution.”
- 1 Origins
- 2 Tenets
- 3 CRT in higher education
- 4 CRT view of law enforcement
- 5 Groups adopting CRT
- 6 In the federal government
- 7 Criticism
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 References
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- See also: Cultural Marxism
Critical race theory was devised by Derrick Bell, Barack Obama’s favorite Harvard professor, in the early 1980s. It is the foundational for claim that the Founding Fathers were racist. CRT exemplifies Lenin’s strategy as applied to race. According to Discover the Networks:
|Critical race theory contends that America is permanently racist to its core, and that consequently the nation’s legal structures are, by definition, racist and invalid … members of “oppressed” racial groups are entitled—in fact obligated—to determine for themselves which laws and traditions have merit and are worth observing. …|
Bell’s theory is in turn an innovation of Critical Theory, which was developed by Marxist thinkers of the Frankfurt School in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923. The Institute’s left-wing scholars fled Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s, relocating to Columbia University in New York. Critical Theory teaches a view that all aspects of Western society are discredited, and this view forms the foundation of what we know today as political correctness. One of its most famous purveyors was the Frankfurt School’s Herbert Marcuse, longtime associate of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Julian Bond. Marcuse invented the concept of “partisan tolerance,” that is, tolerance for leftist ideas and intolerance of all others. The Southern Poverty Law Center applied Marcuse’s strategy in developing its “Hate Watch” list, and Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky used it in his own life’s work.
Christopher Rufo says CRT teaches "that America is an irredeemably racist nation and that the constitutional principles of freedom and equality are mere “camouflages,” in the words of scholar William F. Tate IV, for white supremacy. The solution, according to prominent exponents of critical race theory such as Ibram X. Kendi, is to abolish capitalism and install a near-omnipotent federal bureaucracy with the power to nullify any law and silence political speech that isn’t “antiracist.”
CRT in higher education
- See also: Scientific racism
CRT has affected higher education in a number of ways, and many critics claimed that higher education was the breeding ground for the theory prior to its spread into general society. CRT has been developed and spread in a large number of academic papers, with journal editors showing a preference for analysis that promotes CRT relative to other theoretical frameworks.
In terms of faculty hiring, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964, discrimination on the basis of race in hiring and promotion is illegal, however CRT adherents advocated that color-blind hiring and promotion practices must be abandoned because of the inherent "institutional racism" embedded in traditional views of academic standards and quality. Some universities reallocated budgets to create special minority hiring funds. Under this arrangement, academic departments could use color-blind hiring as vacancies occurred, but that separate funding would be made available from the central fund for additional raced-based hiring.
Starting in the 1980s, campuses began to adopt "speech codes" seeking to limit student speech that black students would find hurtful without a corresponding limitation on speech that majority students would find hurtful. CRT provided a rational for limiting traditional First Amendment rights of college students and staff.
In contrast with the 1960s, when the Civil Rights Movement fought to integrate campus housing, including fraternities and sororities, CRT has promoted "safe spaces" and segregated campus housing for minority students.
The first and most thorough adoption of CRT in the United States was at Evergreen State College in 2017. Proposals were advanced for race-based hiring and promotion, and administrators tried to pressure faculty to change the grades of a black student who complained. The students took over the library/administration building, seized the cafeteria, demanded that the President stand-down the police, while they hunted down Bret Weinstein, a faculty-critic, with baseball bats. When the administration called a town-hall meeting, the black students actively discouraged white students from attending. The national publicity of the crisis resulted in a large drop in enrollment and donations.
CRT view of law enforcement
- See also: Systemic racism
Under traditional theories, the goal of law enforcement was the adoption of clear rules of conduct and then enforcing those rules in a color-blind manner. Because law enforcement officials have to make split-second decisions that could result in serious bodily harm or death, most states adopted qualified immunity statutes to protect individual law enforcement officers from liability for such injuries.
In contrast, CRT sees all events and interactions between police and minorities as involving race and the exercise of power to subjugate racial groups. Accordingly, CRT justifies movements to "defund the police" and to repeal qualified immunity for law enforcement.
Groups adopting CRT
- See also: Long march through the institutions
Psychology and psychiatry
On September 1, 2020, the national professional society of caregivers responsible for the mental health of individuals in the United States, adopted a resolution calling for “true systemic change in U.S. culture” because of “institutional racism.” It is unclear how the duty to provide care in the best interests of indivdual patients will be compromised by this new goal of fighting institutional racism or whether white patients will be treated differently that patients of color.
Mathematical Association of AmericaMathematics is possibly the profession which deals with abstract truths and discovery independent of cultural factors. Our current mathematical knowledge has its origins in Arabia, Greece, China, India among other civilizations. The Mathematical Association of America's Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics issued a statement on October 2, 2020:
Critical race theory, referenced in recent Executive statements by the President of the United States, is an established social science inquiry which is grounded in decades of scholarship. It is misguided, at best, to reduce this theory to the race-blaming of white people and to define it and the discussion of systemic racism as a “divisive concept.” Furthermore, banning training utilizing this scholarship to raise consciousness, from federal and federal contractor workplaces, is an encroachment on science and the academy.Of course, this criticism is inept because the Executive statements specifically allow for teaching of CRT objectively, and prohibit in race-blaming of any group, whites, blacks or other people of color or misusing stereotypes.
Southern Baptist Convention
According to the Alabama-based Capstone Report, Critical race theory has made its way into some of the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) seminaries. At its 2019 Annual Meeting, messengers to the SBC narrowly passed Resolution 9, which stated that CRT (along with intersectionality, another controversial construct) could be "useful tools" in interpreting modern issues (though it pointed out that any such use not impinge on Biblical inerrancy or infallibility).
In response, a Conservative Baptist Network was formed in February 2020 to battle the spread of CRT within the SBC. It is concerned that CRT has overwhelmed the proper Baptist emphasis on evangelism and spiritual renewal. Theologian Tim Keller has noted:
The distinctly secular theory of justice locates evil in the wrong place, he added, seeing all injustice as occurring on a human level, demonizing human being instead of recognizing evil forces — "the world, the flesh, the devil" operating in every human being (Ephesians 6:12).
Boy Scouts and other youth groupsFollowing the death of George Floyd, a nation-wide panic arose to "virtue signal" support for "racial justice" as defined through the lens of CRT. For example, on June 15, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee issued a statement that redefined "Be Brave" as including being anti-racist.
The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter. This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.BSA will require each Eagle Scout to earn a new diversity and inclusion merit badge, and all BSA staff will be required to attend diversity training.
In 2007, a Professor at the University of Waterloo published a research paper, "Ugly on the Diamonds: An Examination of White Privilege in Youth Baseball" which argued that there are elements of racism within the color-blind polices of the Little League.
In the federal government
Trump administration ban
On September 4, 2020, President Trump ordered federal executive branch departments to halt employee training based upon critical race theory. Russ Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote a memo announcing Trump's instruction to stop using controversial forms of training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege” and “any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either...that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or...that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” Vought added, “These types of ‘trainings’ not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce." Vought's memo concludes:
The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government.
On September 22, 2020, President Trump followed up with an Executive Order on "Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping." The Executive Order prohibits teaching CRT to the Uniformed Services or requiring members of the Uniformed Services from being sanctions for refusing agree with CRT. All federal government contractors are prohibited from using CRT-based trainings. Entities that receive federal grants are also prohibited. The Executive Order recognizes the inconsistency between CRT and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Attorney General must research how CRT could establish a hostile work environment prohibited by Title VII.
On September 28, 2020, the Director of OMB followed up with further guidance requiring all federal departments to report on all of their contracts and contractors by November 20, 2020 all violations of the other guidance. Anyone who is aware of federally funding training that violates those Executive actions are instructed to report it to an Inspector General.
Biden junta reinstatement
- See also: Biden junta
In June 2021 the Biden junta revived “diversity training” lessons that former President Donald Trump had ended. Biden dropped a Trump-era investigation into the anti-Asian discriminatory practices of Yale University. Under CRT theory, anti-Asian discrimination is permissible because Asians are so-called “white-adjacent.”
Peter M. Burfeind writes,
Black Lives Matter is the operational arm of “critical race theory,” the postmodern philosophy of “critical theory” applied to race. Critical theory suffers an inescapable epistemological conundrum. It’s the Liar’s Paradox: If a Cretan says all Cretans are liars, is he to be believed? [...]
So, who came up with critical theory? You got it: white men. Or do you not recognize in Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Ferdinand de Saussure, George Herbert Mead, Noam Chomsky, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Roland Barthes, and Jacques Derrida, a whiteness the lilies themselves would envy. Should we not add critical theory to the list of oppressive systems dead white men came up with to advance white power? [...]
According to its own terms, critical race theory must be racist. Furthermore, Black Lives Matter, the political movement based on its theories, must also be racist—and not black racism, but white racism. At a deep, subconscious level, it serves the purpose of advancing and enhancing “white privilege.”
How else do you explain rich white kids screeching venom at black police officers and business owners? Or how else do you explain that the theorist who’s been most empowered by critical race theory is white author Robin DiAngelo?
Meanwhile, of necessity by the terms of critical race theory, the flip side of this dynamic is going on. Leftists feel the new world order will advance their wills to power. Now, at the subconscious level, leftists don’t know they’re doing this. They may reject they’re doing this — because they have white fragility. Or, more accurately, they are projecting onto others what they themselves are.
They are truly the racists, as they always have been. And here’s sort of an obvious point: They’re telling everyone this now. This is exactly what they’re currently saying: “We’re all racist.” To which I say, “Speak for yourself, but interesting what you’re saying.” [...]
Who do you suppose will benefit most from that new regime of civil rights law? Sounds like a nice system if you’re an upper-middle-class white leftist. That’s because it is. It’s exactly as critical race theory proposes. “Whites gonna white,” says the theory, so how can the theory itself be anything other than the latest vehicle for whites to empower themselves?
The evidence bears this out. The left has had decades of power and control of our cities, academia, and media. They’ve had ample opportunities to demonstrate the wonders of their ideas. Yet all we see is the perpetuation of the very things they decry, while they gain more and more power.
For decades, we’ve been told all the violence and ugliness spawned by leftism are merely the birth pangs of a new system. Well, how long do you leftists need to give birth? Enough already! Give us a taste of the glories of the New World in your urban microcosms!
Or maybe, as Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who he is, believe him.” Leftists are outing themselves as racists complicit in perpetuating systems of oppression. Maybe we should believe them. [...]
Perhaps an honest appraisal of critical race theory is in order, so we can liberate ourselves from the sticky epistemological tentacles of a nonsensical theory. Unfortunately, writ into the DNA of its axioms is the deconstruction of rational dialogue — that too, you see, is just another tool of white privilege. Leftism can’t have room for questions.
We could extol what is by and large a just system for the advancement of anyone who applies himself and works hard — the American system. Individuals in that system could be spending their days in hope and personal achievement using the liberties available to them in this country. Or we could have a healthy discussion about race as it relates to traditional American principles.Yet instead, we’ll just have to wait for the virus of critical race theory to work its nihilistic destruction on the black community, while whites sit on the sidelines with their shut, masked mouths, on bended knee, advancing their privilege.
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- "Conservative Baptist Network launched amid 'woke' trend in SBC, emphasizing Scripture, evangelism", FEBRUARY 14, 2020. Retrieved on October 3, 2020.
- "Critical theory is not biblical justice, it locates evil in the wrong place: Tim Keller explains", August 13, 2020. Retrieved on October 3, 2020.
- BSA’S COMMITMENT TO ACT AGAINST RACIAL INJUSTICE (June 15, 2020). Retrieved on October 4, 2020.
- Glover, Troy D. (January 30, 2007). Ugly on the Diamonds: An Examination of White Privilege in Youth Baseball.
- "Trump ends 'critical race theory' training for federal employees, calls it a 'sickness'", Fox News, September 5, 2020. Retrieved on 2020-09-05.
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- Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (September 22, 2020). Retrieved on October 3, 2020.
- Ending Employee Trainings that Use Divisive Propaganda to Undermine the Principle of Fair and Equal Treatment for All (Sept. 28, 2020). Retrieved on Oct. 6, 2020.