The Boogeyman of Critical Race Theory

So, when you hear the terms “Critical Race Theory” what comes to mind? I’m curious because apparently there actually isn’t any one set definition or criteria for what we determine to be “Critical Race Theory”.

In reality, all Critical Race Theory actually is, is telling history, the whole history. And this involves taking a good hard look in the mirror and recognizing the very real impact that race and people’s views of race, has had on history, and yes American History.

What is Critical Race Theory? Can you define it? And if you’re one of those people who are adamantly against what you believe to be Critical Race Theory, which parts of it do you disagree with?

Whenever I ask this question people draw a blank.

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.

This concept is nowhere near new, it’s been around for decades.

All critical race theory asks us to do, is to think more deeply on many things that we take for granted and look at them through a slightly different lens, whether we be talking about laws and policies, academic discipline in schools, systems of credit and healthcare, and many other things.

Like most things in our modern era, the topic itself is greatly misunderstood, presented with misinformation and disinformation, and ultimately has been villainized by mainly white conservatives.

Critical Race Theory when applied in an academic setting, furthers conversations about important historical events and their impact on society.

People seem to think that this is a doctrine or form of curriculum, however in doing so they are missing the fact that CRT helps people understand how racism has impacted the development of our country and how it still impacts many aspects of the lives of black people and people of color.

The reason why we are hearing so much about Critical Race Theory and these bizarre attempts to ban it, is because conservatives, and mainly white conservatives incorrectly think that being honest and truthful is somehow propaganda.

It’s a response to the fact that our society is beginning to really try to take a hard look at things that impact our lives, through the lens of race, and when that occurs such as what we’ve seen in the reactions to the BLM protests, those who benefit from upholding those systems, either intentionally or unintentionally, will fight to defend those systems that they benefit from.

Critical Race Theory and the made up backlash to it, is a very complex issue that few understand, and even fewer understand how nuanced it is. I believe it only scratches the surface and doesn’t go far enough.

This makes people uncomfortable, but then again, comfort has never been the goal. A deeper understanding of the impact of racism, the lingering effects of building racist structures, and the disconnect between those who live and experience the effects of racism and those who do not, should be at the core of why people look at Critical Race Theory, look at history, and seek to further expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Critical Race Theory might be one of the newer boogeymen in the conservatives closet, but at the end of the day it’s simply a way of understanding that racism is not simply an individual act, but a collective set of systems designed to operate exactly how it has, to treat people differently on the basis of race, which in itself, is a social construct.

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Psychology Graduate, Political Voice, Content Creator. Facebook-@iamjakevangogh

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Psychology Graduate, Political Voice, Content Creator. Facebook-@iamjakevangogh

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