June 15, 2021

These attacks on people who are supposedly getting Critical Race Theory wrong are evidence that its proponents have failed to explain and defend it.

I had more to say on this subject yesterday, in a post criticizing a NYT column called "Demonizing Critical Race Theory" (NYT). I said: "I challenge proponents of Critical Race Theory to speak to ordinary people in terms they can understand and explain the theory, why it's a theory, and what is meant by 'critical.'... Why can't that be done clearly and straightforwardly? People are right to feel anxious and suspicious about something so big and powerful that can't be talked about. To say 'In fact, I don’t even believe that most people have any real concept of what critical race theory is' is to blame the people for failing to understand what isn't being discussed clearly. That's perverse and elitist."


Ann Althouse said...

Amadeus 48 writes: "Isn’t this a case of Kendi’s How to be Anti-racist, White Fragility, Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, etc. all being put in the food processor and emerging as a smoothie called Critical Race Theory? I think the confusion is real, and it may be intended by elites who are now going to attack the opposition as being fomented by ill-informed yokels who are not initiated into the priesthood of the elect. But my counter is that when one is being talked down to by the likes of Joy Reid, Whoopi Goldberg, Charles Blow, Ibram Kendi, and Robyn DiAngelo, it is not the elect, it is the special ed students…not that there is anything wrong with special ed students as a group, but I don’t look to them for guidance. It’s like getting a lecture from Meghan Markle on how to get along with your spouse’s family. "

Ann Althouse said...

Lee writes:

This is a comment on the piece starting with the AzraNomani tweet.

“To Porter, the issue was straightforward: The district had denounced white supremacy in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police but did not teach critical race theory the academic study of racism’s pervasive impact….

…Virtually all school districts insist they are not teaching critical race theory, but many activists and parents have begun using it as a catch-all term to refer to what schools often call equity programs, teaching about racism or LGBTQ-inclusive policies.”

The district “denounced white supremacy in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.” White supremacy is a fantasy, and even if there is a tiny number of people in America who would like it to exist, there is no evidence whatsoever that the guy who killed George Floyd is one of them. It’s instructive that the loooong NBC article pauses not for a second to examine either the text or the implications of this denunciation of “white supremacy.”

Consequently is it very surprising if the parents of children being “educated” in the district are a wee bit concerned about the precise content of the, no-sir-definitely-not-CRT, “equity programs, teaching about racism or LGBTQ-inclusive policies” that the district’s schools are force feeding their children ?

I’m not sure that demanding a precise definition of critical race theory is the point. I think parents object to the indoctrination of their children with racist, divisive, far left propaganda, whatever the propagandists happen to be calling it today. That which we call a rose, eh ?