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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Our system is not perfect by any means but it has brought more people out of poverty than any other system ever devised. Too often this so called critical race theory is bent to the point of saying that if you learn hard skills, work hard, and use your money and skills wisely then you must both racist and unethical. An example would be Jeff Bezos. He has a degree in electrical engineering an computer science from Princeton. He started selling books and devised an ordering, warehousing, delivery system in such a way what they could use independent companies, take orders of very diverse products and get them to the customer rapidly and efficiently, A way that had never been done before and he developed a system the likes no one had never been able to use before. He also followed US tax code as it is written to pay the amount of taxes that he was required to pay. But, now he is vilified for doing just that. For being very smart, working very hard, and creating literally thousands of new jobs it is somehow harming the country, causing the middle class to drown in debt, paying substandard wages, and failing the country for not paying enough taxes when we should be thankful for all the innovations. Yup, he certainly rich. So what is wrong with him spending his money like he wants to just like anyone else. Yup! This is what most people consider white privilege and racism. Obviously, nothing like this could never happened with the guidance of government employees and institutional racism.