Opinion: Critical Race Theory DOES NOT
By George Smith — July 16, 2021
Despite news and pundits stating it, Critical Race Theory DOES NOT teach superiority of any race over another. It’s a study about certain systems set up to discriminate against a race or races.
It is a fact that this country…in its laws by state and nationally DID discriminate against myriad races and religions. That practice is happening today with voter suppression laws and gerrymandering.
Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.
The basic tenets of critical race theory, or CRT, emerged out of a framework for legal analysis in the late 1970s and early 1980s created by legal scholars Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Richard Delgado, among others.
A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risks, often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to black people in those areas.
Racism has existed since the founding of this county. It still exists today. It is history…and embedded in the present culture.
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