Critical Race Theory (CRT)
Critical race theory’s key assertion is
that racism is not the result of individual, conscious racist actions or thoughts. Racism is “systemic” and “structural.”
It is embedded in America’s legal system, institutions, and free-enterprise system, and imposes “whiteness” as the societal norm.
The system, including capitalism, is “rigged”
to reward white behavior and preserve
white supremacy. Curricula and training sessions that teach that racism is systemic and structural, and demand that Americans work to dismantle laws, traditions, norms, institutions, and free-market enterprise—the entire American system itself—are part of CRT. (Taken from E-Booklet The Heritage Foundation on CRT)
Systemic Racism means that racism is within the laws and governing system of a nation or other governed entity.
While racism is alive in the hearts of mankind all over the world, the laws of the United States do not make distinction of how to treat people on the basis of race. This has been in the system in the past and prevalent in states until as recently as the 1960’s where people could not use water fountains, restrooms or hotels if they were black.
People who are racist are still in positions of authority and might use their authority with prejudice. However, the Laws of the Nation are not such that their behavior is justified or legal. The racism is not systemic in the sense that it is not justified in the legal system.
A major objection to CRT is that it creates division by contending that in society there are oppressors and the oppressed. And you are automatically an oppressor if you are racially white and you are oppressed if you are racially black. This is diametrically opposed to the desire expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his equal rights movement when he stated his goal that one day people would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
To read or view videos on this topic you can go to: The Heritage Foundation, Christopher Rufo
Critical Race Theory – Christopher F. Rufo
CRT Ebook (Email required to receive)
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