The words critical race theory make for an odd phrase. The meaning they are meant to convey is not readily apparent. Also, their literal meaning is not what you might guess, if you were guessing. To understand the phrase requires preparation and a dose of history. You must learn the secrets before you can practice the craft.
First, you must learn that Critical Race Theory is a special application of Critical Theory. Then you must learn that Critical Theory is a radical departure from traditional theory in the social sciences. Whereas the traditional approach relied upon scientific methods to understand and explain the features of human society, the critical approach sought to critique and alter society as a whole.
It could do this because it assumed the Hegelian dialectic (thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis) was objectively the driving force of history and human events. The critical theorists didn’t need the scientific method because their law of gravity had already been discovered. Thereafter they could earn their wages as mere analysts, or critics of the passing scene.
Thus, Critical Theory “is an approach to social philosophy that focuses on reflective assessment and critique of society and culture in order to reveal and challenge power structures.” (Wikipedia)
And thus, Critical Race Theory “is an approach to social philosophy that focuses on reflective assessment and critique of race in society and culture in order to reveal and challenge power structures.”
If it has occurred to you that CRT resembles a cult, you aren’t far off. More accurately, it is an occult discipline complete with initiation rituals, repudiation of outside knowledge, service requirements, and enforced sexual mores.
That CRT can be called anti-white racism is a consequence of its structural features.