The Biggest Lie About Critical Race Theory

Sure. There are many lies, half-truths and hyperbole based on the controversial concept known as Critical Race Theory (CRT). Many reasonable thinkers have already expressed, and continue to express, the fallacies espoused in CRT, and the concepts contained within have—when subjected to scientific scrutiny—fallen out of favor with all but the extreme left—a not-insignificant number of individuals and institutions.

Yet perhaps the biggest lie about critical race theory propagated by the left is that somehow it is not incorporated into the school curriculum and taught to our children, but rather exists only at some esoteric university level for those who choose the path to race studies. degree. It is not so. Critical race theory, or more aptly, a significant component of CRT, is actually being taught to our children in schools across the country.

First, we should examine what exactly critical race theory is. CRT has been around for several decades and basically assumes six concepts:

  1. Race is a social construct and not based on biology or genetics. In this way, CRT proponents claim that race has been used to associate a set of physical characteristics, such as skin color, with a generalized set of psychological and behavioral predispositions (both positive and negative), thereby justifying a system of oppression by white Americans. of Western European decent more than people of color.
  2. Racism, especially in the United States, continues to be the norm, not the exception, and the experience of most people of color. And while racism may not be as overt as it was 50 years ago and earlier, subtler forms of generalized racism in the form of what CRT advocates like to call “microaggressions” are prevalent.
  3. The concept of “convergence of interests” whereby any advances, whether legal, institutional, or attitudinal by people of color in American society, were made because they ultimately served the interests of the political elite; the aforementioned white power brokers of Western European decent society who want to strengthen American influence around the world.
  4. Evolving negative stereotypes or “differential racializations” are attributed to members of minority groups over time to serve the needs of the white power elite.
  5. The concept intersectionality, where no individual can be completely defined by representation in one group. Intersectionality is defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group to create overlapping systems of discrimination and disadvantage.”
  6. “The Voice of Color” thesis, which argues that people of color are uniquely qualified to speak on behalf of others in their group about the effects of racism in society.

While academic and intellectual critiques of critical race theory are extensive and come from a cross-section of the political divide, CRT has generally been criticized as a vehicle for viewing all aspects of American life through the lens of race. all individuals in society can be pigeonholed into either the role of oppressor or victim. With a belief that assumes that all white people (including white children) are inherently oppressors of people of color and that all people of color should accept that they are victims of such oppression, how could any logical thinker not argue that critical theory race is not only factually inaccurate, but dangerous to American society—especially when taught to our youngest students?

Ultimately, most opponents of CRT offer that the philosophy is being used to further divide society on the basis of race, rather than continuing the journey to eliminate the remaining vestiges of racism in the nation. And while the debate about the legitimacy of CRT is worthy, it is not the main premise that should be heard within.

Radical leftists and their willing proxies in the mainstream media like NBC News, The New York Times, PBS and others somehow feel that the concept of critical race theory that is formally taught to our children in K-12 schools is, to say the least, inappropriate , argued that CRT is not a part of school curriculums and lesson plans and is rather just some far-fetched theory taught in universities and law schools. According to the left, the claim of CRT in the K-12 curriculum is simply an attempt by conservatives to score some political points. The evidence would suggest otherwise.

Just a few years ago in 2018, a comprehensive volume entitled Critical Race Theory in Education was published that set out how CRT can be incorporated into education – especially primary and secondary education. Some in the education business were already on board, and some have since taken the book’s premise to heart. Accordingly, there have been many instances where core principles of CRT, such as white privilege and systemic racism, have been found to be incorporated into school curricula.

Look no further than the Pennsylvania State Department of Education website Racial and ethnic identity with a list of recommended school reading by many authors defending the premise of critical race theory.

In Buffalo, New York, students learn the basic premises of CRT through subtle kindergarten lesson plans that include colored crayons and crescendo in high school and college, where teachers are instructed to teach lessons on “systemic racism,” emphasizing that American society it was designed to “impoverish people of color and enrich white people” and that the United States “created a social system based on racist economic inequality.”

Then, of course, there was the celebrated hullabaloo in Virginia last year that led to the election of Republican Glenn Younkgkin over incumbent Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Among other things, the teaching of critical race theory in schools has taken center stage, with promises to ban it as any part of the K-12 curriculum. Democrats decried it as pointless, arguing that CRT is not taught in schools and it was just an attempt by Republicans to gain support among their conservative base. As a result, vile accusations of racism and white supremacy were leveled against Virginia Republicans. (Also, Virginians elected an African-American lieutenant governor in the same election… …but I digress). Once again, one only needs to look at the Virginia Department of Education website (at the time) to reveal that while the term critical race theory was not specifically mentioned, many of the themes and vernaculars of CRT, in addition to citations from prominent CRTs were present by the authors.

So are these cases just the proverbial outliers, as many on the left would argue? Is it merely a game of semantics to lead us to believe that CRT is not being learned by our children? New evidence coming to light would prove otherwise. The first results from the Manhattan Institute report are in, and the results are pretty clear.

A survey of 18-20 year olds across the country was conducted where these recently graduated young Americans were asked if they had ever learned about any of the above 6 concepts of critical race theory during their education. “white people have unconscious biases that negatively affect non-white people,” and 67 percent said they had been taught or heard that “America was built on stolen land.” Over 90% of respondents reported learning at least one of the CRT concepts.

Further, when the same respondents were asked if any opposing views or alternative theories were offered in their classes, 68 percent said they were either not taught about opposing arguments or were taught that there were no “respectable” opposing arguments.

Interestingly, these results did not differ in any statistically significant way for those who identified as black or white, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, or publicly or privately educated.

When a student is presented with a lesson that is likely to be controversial without a reasonable counter-opinion at an age we can agree is more impressionable, does that count as education or perhaps something else – indoctrination?

So, while the phrase Critical race theory may not have been found in any official school curriculum or in any teacher’s lesson plan, it is patently obvious that CRT has been and is being taught – or better said – fed to our young students. Accordingly, state legislatures across the country have passed laws that either expressly prohibit the teaching of critical race theory or many of the concepts contained in that theory.

In California, however, a predictable alternative approach was taken. In 2021, the California Department of Education voted to adopt the fourth version of the ethnic studies curriculum after four years, three previous versions, and more than 100,000 objections. The objections were primarily based on CRT concepts that were prominently featured in the state curriculum.

And while the state has taken a stand, individual California school boards continue to struggle and in some cases have taken steps to support and teach CRT. Both the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District in Orange County and the Paso Robles School District in San Luis Obispo County have banned the teaching of critical race theory or elements of CRT in the classroom. Other districts are likely to follow.

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