That’s pretty much it. There is of course a full library of Critical Race Theory scholarship that goes much deeper, but what I have shared the past few days is enough to give anyone a working idea of CRT’s foundation and elements.
So let me add, here at the end, what Critical Race Theory is NOT.
It is not about hating America. Or hating White people.
It is not about blame.
There may be some who, thanks to these tenets, learn something about this country and then feel some animosity, anger, or possibly hatred- but those things are not principles of the Critical Race Theory framework. Those things (animosity, anger, hate) can grow from any number of sources, including from learning truth. This does not mean we should avoid truth to alleviate anger.
Maybe some would prefer that tactic? Willful ignorance?
Either way, angry or otherwise, a patient being diagnosed with cancer should not blame their illness on the diagnosing doctor.
CRT is very much about diagnosis and understanding what is, or has been, happening and why.I have not read a single article or study by any Critical Race Theory expert, who upon making a find, prescribed hate as a solution.
Nostalgia is a key ingredient in the potpourri of holiday cheer, and for in this dumpster fire of a year, this is the Christmas reunion I need.
Outkast is solidly enshrined in the pantheon of Hip-Hop legends as well as being respected fashion templates, but what many might not know, is that their first big break was on a Christmas album.
In 1993 Atlanta based LaFace Records released an album featuring songs from their stable of acts including TLC, Toni Braxton, Usher, and introducing this young rap duo called Outkast.
A lot has changed since those days, Big Boi did not yet tend a house full of exotic animals and Andre had not yet donned an old lady turban, yet my love for them persists. 2020 needs an Outkast Christmas concert. I also demand it be held at the back lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
If you are a White person and think calls to reform or even defund police departments sound ridiculous, or extreme, might I request that you consider the following:
If you are not Black, or do not live in a predominantly Black neighborhood, then how are you getting information about what is happening in the Black community? Is it from Black people in those communities? If not, why not? Is your source a Black person you know personally or is it via mass media or reposted social media? How reliable is your information and the perspective it brings?
What is different in their experience that would lead them to such a proposal? Perhaps, the danger you foresee in a police-less state, already exists in some communities. If you lived in a violent neighborhood, and the police department is part of that violence, is it really crazy to want to change? Or crazy to want to shut down a department?
Have you read the Ferguson Report?
Do not assume that those calling for these measures are stupid, or that you are simply smarter than them.
1. Bad intentions and bad choices are equally distributed throughout the population without regard to race or wealth. 2. The consequences of bad intentions and actions are NOT equal for all races and social classes.
This indicates there is a systematic issue that cannot simply be solved by teaching one group to make better choices.
One of the more troubling aspects of studying American history, is that there have always been, right from the very beginning, white people who knew racism was wrong.
These characters are troubling because they remind us that not only has it not always just “been that way”, but also that it could have been different. Our history with racism exists as it does because We the People intentionally made it that way- not because we had no way of knowing any better. There were people there shouting out the truth all along.
This should trouble us today, because right now there are plenty of people telling us ways to be better, and a lot of us are finding excuses to not listen.