Critical Race Theory essentially teaches children to practice racism.
If you’ve not heard of it, Critical Race Theory, or CRT, comes from an earlier school of thought known simply as, Critical Theory, an idea that took seed at the Marxist inspired Frankfurt School in Germany during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). Advanced by men like Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm and others, Critical Theory was exported to Columbia University in New York at the invitation of John Dewey, known as the “Father of Progressive Education.”
Critical Theory advances the belief that practical knowledge is never independent from political power. It must, therefore, seek “emancipation from slavery” in all its many guises to satisfy the “needs and powers of human beings.” The underlying goal of Critical Theory is to overcome oppressive social structures. While “Traditional Theory” seeks to understand society, Critical Theory seeks to change it.
From Critical Theory emerged Critical Legal Theory (CLT), which holds that law is not an instrument of justice, but of oppression for the needs of the powerful. Another incarnation of Critical Theory involves race and, not surprisingly, is called Critical Race Theory.
Similar to its forerunners, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, Critical Race Theory holds that:
“law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. According to Critical Race Theory, racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interests in labour markets and politics, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities.”
If this sounds confusing, in part it’s meant to be. In its simplest terms, CRT stands for the idea that American culture is racist, that “white” society is oppressive, and that remedial action on behalf of the oppressed against their oppressors is necessary. CRT is been spreading across the nation’s K-12 public schools.
Another goal of Critical Theory and, by extension, Critical Race Theory, is to change the record of history to bring it into conformance with the underlying orthodoxy. An example of this in action is the 1619 Project, which has infected America’s schools. For more on how academics are changing our historical narrative, see our article on Historical Revisionism.
What Can You Do?
It’s crucial that parents take the time to educate themselves. Talk to your Principal. Demand to see CRT infused curriculums and opt out your children of this indoctrination. But also seriously consider preparing a “Plan B” to remove your child from public-schools.
To learn more, here’s a video by Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, describing the encroachment of CRT in the classroom: “There is No Apolitical Classroom.”
From our friends at Californians for Equal Rights Foundation, visit their site, RejectCRT to learn more. Learn how to identify it in your public school and how to combat it.
Here’s a report on the harms of CRT from the Heritage Foundation: Critical Race Theory, The New Intolerance, and its Grip on America.
From Citizens for Renewing America: Combatting Critical Race Theory in Your Community; An A to Z Guide On How To Stop Critical Race Theory And Reclaim Your Local School Board