Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It

Source: Imprimis.

We had a post a while back that challenged Tidewater Forum readers to explain Critical Race Theory. The challenge, I think, was based on the assumption that critics of CRT don’t know what it is, and wouldn’t criticize it if they did. The instant essay is as good a response to the original post as one can imagine, albeit a late one.

I am particularly struck by this observation in the essay:

Second, critical race theorists have constructed their argument like a mousetrap. Disagreement with their program becomes irrefutable evidence of a dissenter’s “white fragility,” “unconscious bias,” or “internalized white supremacy.” I’ve seen this projection of false consciousness on their opponents play out dozens of times in my reporting. Diversity trainers will make an outrageous claim—such as “all whites are intrinsically oppressors” or “white teachers are guilty of spirit murdering black children”—and then when confronted with disagreement, they adopt a patronizing tone and explain that participants who feel “defensiveness” or “anger” are reacting out of guilt and shame. Dissenters are instructed to remain silent, “lean into the discomfort,” and accept their “complicity in white supremacy.”

The Critical Race Theorists are immoral people, as evidenced by such dishonest rhetorical tactics.

21 thoughts on “Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It

  1. This is simple. Critical Race Theory is Communist Race Theory.

    Any interpretation or presentation of anything, but particularly societal and racial problems, that helps Communists win is good.

    Critical Race Theory is just another kind of agitprop.

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          1. ” . . . the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.”

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          2. “And they will as long as Democrats feel they need to keep racial animus alive to further their agenda.”

            LOL! Says the ardent supporter of the Birther-in-chief and our resident champion of “European civilization”

            Here is something that people of your sort do not want to hear – to solve a problem you first need to admit that it exists. Ben and Jerry can do it. So can you.

            https://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2016/systemic-racism-is-real

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    1. Actually, Socialists and Communists are often derided by CR Theorists as being “class reductionists” (their term). Communists try to organize people around class solidarity–harping on racial divides is often counterproductive. While racism is not tolerated, Communists tend not to spend much time making sure white people have achieved the requisite amount of self loathing.

      CRT is not without merit, but it is an academic theory that has leaked out of universities and is, in my opinion, being clumsily wielded as a cudgel to disrupt class solidarity (intentionally or unintentionally).

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    1. Gaslighting is the creation of “alternative facts” that do not correspond with reality. Is this central tenet of CRT such an “alternative fact.”

      ” . . . the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.”

      Is that something that you are not allowed to refute or is it something that you cannot refute?

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      1. No, gaslighting is manipulation to cause a person to doubt their own perceptions and memory. And the is exactly what CRT tries to do, convincing people they are racists even though they cannot find it in their own hearts, words or deeds.

        And if you object to the accusation, you are told that you suffer from ‘white fragility’ and that is proof of your inner white supremacy.

        Gaslighting pure and simple.

        And it works on weak minds. (Those aren’t the droids you’re looking for)

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        1. You were raised in a racist culture. You really think your unconscious mind is free and clear of everything you were taught as a child? Sorry, but human psychology does not work that way.

          But that is beside the point. No one needs to personally put on a hair shirt and admit to being a racist to acknowledge the demonstrable fact that our institutions operate with systemic bias against the interests of non-white people. If anyone is gaslighting as you define it, it is the people who say that there is no such bias even when it could not be more plain to see.

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        2. …”gaslighting is manipulation to cause a person to doubt their own perceptions and memory.”

          My how descriptive of Kevin McCarthy and the rest of a large part of today’s GOP.

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  2. Critical race theory holds that all law enforcement and judicial systems are inherently racist and that white people exploit black people for personal enrichment. That theory is racist in itself and if I find myself being lectured by a false conscious projection, I will not be shy.

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      1. What a lame reply. For you to use this blatant lie to promote your socialist utopia is pathetic but we knew that beforehand about you.

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        1. Interesting. You seem to think that a place where everyone is treated fairly and is given a fair opportunity to succeed is a “socialist utopia”.

          Man, you are delusional.

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