In a nutshell, Critical Race Theory is a doctrine that asserts that white people are oppressors and people of color are oppressed.
Enlightenment can be obtained from reviewing references, which provide details about the origins of Critical Race Theory and how, indeed, it is being taught in K-12 schools.
In the article “CRT: It Doesn’t Exist…And It’s Awesome!”, John Hinderaker wrote:
“The claim by liberals that the radical principles of CRT are not taught in K-12 schools is disingenuous, as demonstrated by the fact that in July, the National Education Association, America’s largest union representing some 3 million teachers, approved New Business Item #39, which expressly endorsed the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the public schools. That resolution went so far as to encourage teachers to teach the principles of CRT even in states where it has been made illegal to do so by the legislature. Such is the depth of the education establishment’s commitment to CRT dogmas.”
Hank Berrien, the author of the article “Indiana Educator Warns Parents: ‘We’re Lying’ About Not Teaching CRT, ‘Keep Looking’ ,” presents facts based on his first-hand knowledge. Berrien wrote in the article:
“I’m the science coach and admin in the largest public school district in Indiana. I’m in dozens of classrooms a week, so I see exactly what we’re teaching our students...When we tell you that schools aren’t teaching Critical Race Theory, that it’s nowhere in our standards, that’s misdirection...We don’t have the quotes and theories as state standards per se; we do have Critical Race Theory in how we teach. We tell our teachers to treat students differently based on color; we tell our students that every problem is a result of ‘white men’ and that ‘everything Western Civilization built is racist,’ ‘Capitalism is a tool of white supremacy.’
“We call it ‘anti-racism’ so you feel bad if you disagree with our segregationist pedagogy. It’s taking advantage of kids’ vulnerability and parents’ inactivity to preen over social snake oil schemes designed to create division...Parents: When we tell you Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught in our schools, we’re lying. Keep looking.”
The article “Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It” by Christopher F. Rufo reveals the origin of critical race theory.
Rufo explains how Marxist scholars in the West “adapted their revolutionary theory to the social and racial unrest of the 1960s. Abandoning Marx’s economic dialectic of capitalists and workers, they substituted race for class and sought to create a revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories.”
Rufo wrote the following:
“Critical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s, built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, over the past decade it has increasingly become the default ideology in our public institutions. It has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs, and corporate human resources departments in the form of diversity training programs, human resources modules, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.
“There are a series of euphemisms deployed by its supporters to describe critical race theory, including ‘equity,’ ‘social justice,’ ‘diversity and inclusion,’ and ‘culturally responsive teaching.’ Critical race theorists, masters of language construction, realize that ‘neo-Marxism’ would be a hard sell. Equity, on the other hand, sounds nonthreatening and is easily confused with the American principle of equality. But the distinction is vast and important. Indeed, equality—the principle proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, defended in the Civil War, and codified into law with the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of “1965—is explicitly rejected by critical race theorists. To them, equality represents ‘mere nondiscrimination’ and provides “camouflage” for white supremacy, patriarchy, and oppression.”
Critical Race Theory Briefing Book. Rufo, Christopher F. Christopher F. Rufo.Com (2021)
How ‘Diversity’ Turned Tyrannical. Krauss, Lawrence. WSJ (2021)
The Constitutional Way To Defeat Cancel Culture. Gonzalez, Mike. Heritage Foundation (2020)
Frances Presley Rice is a lawyer, author and retired Army lieutenant colonel who is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the events which shaped the lives and contributions of African Americans. She is the Co-founder/ Vice President of the non-profit Yocum African American History Association (YAAHA), of which educator Sandra K. Yocum is the Founder/President.
She co-wrote with Yocum the book Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African-American History that is available in all national bookstores. Please donate to YAAHA and help fight Critical Race Theory at: https://www.yocumblackhistory.org/educational-fund/