President Trump brought national attention to Critical Race Theory (CRT) in 2020 when he banned it from training in federal agencies by executive order, but now that his administration is out, such federal training has returned after President Biden nixed Trump’s executive order and signed a new order welcoming the ideology into the bureaucracies that run our daily lives. When asked about CRT during the campaign, Biden stated nonchalantly that CRT is merely a way to consider others’ feelings. However, CRT demands that we consider others’ feelings based on skin color. It is, at its core, a racist way of thinking.
To think the way CRT proposes, if you are white, you must always reflect on how your skin color makes you an aggressor, whether you’ve committed some act of bigotry or not. Your very way of life is the result of the privilege white men brought into existence and did so only for the benefit of their fellow whites. All whites must, therefore, bear the guilt of the racist offenses they did not personally commit and must force themselves to recognize they do not deserve what they have because, as President Obama once famously put it, “You didn’t build that.”
The proponents of CRT then train marginalized people to see the behaviors and attitudes of white people (especially white men) as aggressions against them personally. Moreover, people of color (and other marginalized people) should have what whites have since it was taken by whites at the expense of their suffering. For example, in the summer of 2020, a group of protestors marched through the West Seattle neighborhood and with bullhorns informed the residents who were standing on their balconies that the buildings they resided in belonged to them because the neighborhood was historically a black neighborhood until it was “gentrified” by the current residents.
While Trump and Biden dealt with CRT at the federal level only recently, CRT had already made its way into our daily lives: public school, workplaces, universities, social media, and our justice system. Consider this statement by the American Bar Association describing CRT.
It critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers. CRT also recognizes that race intersects with other identities, including sexuality, gender identity, and others. CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.
Our youth are also being trained in our public schools. In 2019, for example, a high school in Baltimore began a program called “OneWhitman.” At its beginning, it was a mandatory, weekly sessions. According to the school newspaper, The Black & White:
In a later article, a survey on the effectiveness of OneWhitman revealed some negative attitudes toward the program.
Instead of dismantling the program, the administration has decided to make some modifications and give students and faculty more time to adjust to the topic.
Because of the persistence of CRT proponents to incorporate the ideology into our public education system, a whole generation of Americans is now being trained to view the world through a CRT lens. My 13-year-old daughter sees videos and posts on her social media feeds that clearly demonstrate our youth have been successfully indoctrinated by it.
It will be a fight to rid our society of this racist way of thinking, but the solution is actually stated in the radical document which founded our nation: All men are created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. While CRT divides people along racial lines, there are people of color working toward unity based on our country’s founding principles. One such woman is Dr. Carol Swain, a retired Harvard and Vanderbilt professor of political science who says that unity training must replace the diversity training that is based on CRT. However, her first attempt at a zoom meeting to bring together those interested in the unity training was hijacked by disruptors who spewed profanities and racial slurs and presented pornographic images into the meeting. Why would people use such hateful tactics to oppose a unity training? Here is one of many likely reasons as stated by Dr. Swain:
It is my hope that Dr. Swain gains momentum in her fight to replace CRT with our country’s founding ideology of equality and unity.