Critical Race Theory

From Wikipedia — Critical race theory (CRT) is a cross-disciplinary intellectual and social movement of civil-rights scholars and activists who seek to examine the intersection of race and law in the United States and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice…

A key CRT concept is intersectionality—the way in which different forms of inequality and identity are affected by interconnections of race, class, gender and disability. Scholars of CRT view race as a social construct with no biological basis. One tenet of CRT is that racism and disparate racial outcomes are the result of complex, changing, and often subtle social and institutional dynamics, rather than explicit and intentional prejudices of individuals. CRT scholars argue that the idea of race advances the interests of white people at the expense of people of color, and that the liberal notion of U.S. law as “neutral” plays a significant role in maintaining a racially unjust social order, where formally color-blind laws continue to have racially discriminatory outcomes.

CRT began in the United States in the post–civil rights era, as 1960s landmark civil rights laws were being eroded and schools were being re-segregated. With racial inequalities persisting even after civil rights legislation was enacted, CRT scholars in the 1970s and 1980s began reworking and expanding critical legal studies theories on class, economic structure and the law to examine the role of U.S. law in perpetuating racism. CRT, a framework of analysis grounded in critical theory, originated in the mid-1970s…

Addition of Critical Race Theory to the list of curricula opposed by Americans, openly or not-so-openly racist, is simply that. A recent addition.

Criticism of some of what may be termed self-delusion about American law and enforcement is nothing new. Whether pointing at liberals or some other flavor of thought that believes that every law is passed to make life better for us all…and is interpreted and enforced with that aim in mind…doesn’t remove racism from root and context.

3 thoughts on “Critical Race Theory

  1. Discomforted says:

    (Jan 19, 2022) A Florida bill that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they are taught or trained about discrimination in the nation’s past was advanced by a Senate committee on Tuesday. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2022/01/19/florida-bill-could-restrict-lessons-on-discrimination-at-school/6583928001/

    Footnote: Four girls—Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Carol Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Rosamond Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Dionne Wesley (age 14)—were killed in the white supremacist terrorist bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday, September 15, 1963. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Street_Baptist_Church_bombing#Bombing

  2. Santayana says:

    One hundred years ago, the Mississippi state Senate voted to evict the state’s Black residents — the majority of its total population — not just out of Mississippi, but out of the country.
    The Senate voted 25 to 9 on Feb. 20, 1922, to ask the federal government to trade some of the World War I debts owed by European countries for a piece of colonial Africa — any part would do — where the government would then ship Mississippi’s Black residents, creating “a final home for the American negro.”
    The act is a reminder of just how long after the end of slavery some White Southerners were pushing not just to strip African Americans of their political rights but also to remove them from the land of their birth. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/02/20/mississippi-black-africa-mccallum/

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