My current understanding of Critical Race Theory is that public figures who deemed themselves to be experts on this topic offered general opinions without debating the individual points made by the people who made these claims. The effect of this is to dismiss Critical Race Theory out of hand, simply by identifying whatever opinion or facts they disagreed with as “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) and calling it false. Not everyone did this, but many of the people who did challenge CRT seem to be using this approach.
The most important idea I gleaned from this Wikipedia report is that there is NO ONE THEORY. All theories that could be classified as CRT are lumped together, making it almost impossible to consider the individual points of anyone’s arguments and determine which are valid and which are suspect, thereby making an intelligent discussion of the merits of these theories impossible.
That is pretty much all I have to say on the topic right now, but I do want to add this information related to the book Mr. Bob Malkas purchased for me and mailed to me.
1. I made the assumption without evidence that the book was likely to be racist, But when I began reading it, there was a positive aspect to it that I had not considered. Instead of writing as a detractor of racial theories, the author, David Barton demonstrates on the very first page that he respects and values the contributions that African-Americans have made as citizens and defenders of democracy. And although I don’t agree with some of his conclusions, I think his research is impressive, and many of the facts that he identifies are important and valuable.
2. I believe Barton’s book, AMERICAN HISTORY IN BLACK AND WHITE, is an icon of critical race theory because it offers important, critical opinions about race in America. For that reason alone, it should be an instrument to provide clarity for people who care about these issues.
3. One thing I believe for sure is that nothing valuable can be accomplished in the service of democracy and human rights if we dismiss CRT out of hand without regard to how what has been written affects all of us, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other arbitrary category which is used by public figures to divide us as a country.
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