Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic framework invented to allow Woke “scholars” to conclude that the institutions and systems that run this country are structurally racist. What most people are talking about now in our schools and corporations are better described as CRT-derived programs. A better term to use when describing them is NeoRacism.
The Left has been pushing back with all the elements of their noise machine to play Gotcha with this difference. Someone will claim CRT is racist because it says “All White people are racist”. The credentialed academic will say “A Ha! CRT does not say that therefore you are an ignorant racist yourself” They are technically correct as to what CRT says. This lets them misinform many people there is no danger of this NeoRacist training in our schools and corporations.
But there is and it comes in the form of programs based on books like “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram Kendi and “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. These books do say explicitly “All White people are racist”. They are not technically CRT, but they use the CRT framework. They claim that since all institutions and processes in this country are affected by Systemic Racism and since all White people benefit, they are racist by default.
I read DiAngelo’s White Fragility book when a friend was being forced to deal with it in training at a major corporation. It was such an un-scientific and un-reasoned, racist mess, I started writing notes for him last Summer. I ended up writing The Myth of White Fragility as a guide for people forced to deal with this boloney in little more than two weeks.
The same goes for Kendi’s Antiracist screed; there is no there, there. What is there are unfounded assertions that any instance of a disparate results for Black people is prima facie evidence of Systemic Racism. But they go no further than making that claim; there is no actual study of potential causes for a difference in achievement or outcome.
I examine some of these in my book:
There was no question that Blacks were killed and arrested in larger numbers than their percentage of the population, but, we found there was little to no proof that systemic racism was the cause and that a number of other factors are much more highly related.
“Our findings show there has been no increase in total number of police homicides or percentage of Blacks killed in them. We also found that race does not correlate as well as other factors, specifically: (1)Attacking a police officer or civilian, (2) the sex of the victim being male, and (3) the amount of violent crime in the victim’s neighborhood.”
Much of the furor fueling the current unrest and the faulty conclusion police racism is the cause is based on this collection of anomalies without doing any of the analysis, as we did. Yet a basic look at the most definitive statistics shows this is not a reasonable or even likely conclusion. This should prompt a much deeper evaluation of exceedingly broad claims like those made by Ms. DiAngelo of a systemic racism so pervasive that America as a whole is a White supremacist country.
There is a powerful need for more people to stand up and make the arguments against allowing our children to be taught explicitly racist ideas in the supposed cause of antiracism. This does not mean we should avoid topics like slavery, or Jim Crow or other historical topics. But CRT and the NeoRacist programs are not history, they are social indoctrination and shaming and yes outright discrimination based on skin color— racism.
It is disingenuous for the Woke Left to try and deflect the attention rightly placed on these attempts to re-segregate the country. But that simply means we must be more precise and diligent in rooting them out. Any program that places blame on anyone based simply on the color of their skin is racist and wrong. Many of them are likely in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Act prohibited discrimination in public accommodations and federally funded programs. It also strengthened the enforcement of voting rights and the desegregation of schools.
The NeoRacist programs currently in use are literally re-segregating our schools as they separate children separated by race and tell some they are racist simply by their birth. There is no justification for that even if their claims were valid. But the entire idea of Systemic Racism is not just unproven and inaccurate, it is a tool for those who want to tear this country down and rebuild it as a socialist paradise.
This is the right place to make a stand. If we make the proper arguments, their claims fall apart and the mask is ripped off to reveal the social engineering beneath. Time to return to teaching our kids actual history and kick the racial grievance mongers out of the corporate boardrooms as well.