Critical Race Theory is an impractical, ideological twist on reality, and while it sounds harmless, the implications of such are on display across American city streets. Critical Race Theory is the idea that racism is engraved in the fabric of America and that “The individual racist need not exist to note that institutional racism is pervasive in the dominant culture.”
President Trump authorized an executive order regarding the teachings of Critical Race Theory based on the principle that “all men are created equal” and denounced critical race theory’s “pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country.”
According to the executive order, the “malign ideology” of critical race theory “is now migrating from the fringes of American society and threatens to infect core institutions of country.”
As a result of such, the President has taken drastic measures to combat the fringe ideology, abolishing critical race theory trainings from the federal government, the military, and all federal contractors.
Making a move against the federal contractors who impose such “trainings” is an exponential step as a large portion of the Fortune 500 companies have implemented trainings and classes that entertain the notion of Critical Race Theory.
Moreover, President Trump’s executive order also disrupts the flow of money to academia’s critical race theory programs. The order stops all federal grants that support CRT—with the potential to cripple hundreds of academic projects moving forward.
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The executive order has a strong enforcement component: all federal diversity programs must be approved directly by OMB and OPM, and agencies are directed to initiate adverse action proceedings against managers who continue to hold CRT trainings.
Lastly, The President instructed the Attorney General to assess whether critical race theory trainings create a “hostile work environment” and constitute a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Critical race theory threatens the very fabric of this country and claims that the United States’ constitutional structure i,s in fact built to only support white people, thereby making every the democratic republic system of the US a ‘racist system;’
Critical race theory (CRT) is a theoretical framework in the social sciences that examines society and culture as they relate to categorizations of race, law, and power. Developed out of postmodern philosophy, it is based on critical theory, a social philosophy that argues that social problems are influenced and created more by societal structures and cultural assumptions than by individual and psychological factors. It began as a theoretical movement within American law schools in the mid-to late 1980s as a reworking of critical legal studies on race issues, and is loosely unified by two common themes.
Firstly, CRT proposes that white supremacy and racial power are maintained over time, and in particular, that the law may play a role in this process. Secondly, CRT work has investigated the possibility of transforming the relationship between law and racial power, as well as pursuing a project of achieving racial emancipation and anti-subordination more broadly.
By 2002, over 20 American law schools, and at least 3 law schools in other countries, offered critical race theory courses or classes which covered the issue centrally. In addition to law, critical race theory is taught and innovated in the fields of education, political science, women’s studies, ethnic studies, communication, sociology, and American studies. Important scholars to the theory include Derrick Bell, Patricia Williams, Richard Delgado, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Camara Phyllis Jones, and Mari Matsuda.
Critics of CRT, including Richard Posner and Alex Kozinski, take issue with its foundations in postmodernism and reliance on moral relativism, social constructionism, and other tenets contrary to classical liberalism.
Further, Critical race theory is based on Critical theory, which; “was first defined by Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School of sociology in his 1937 essay “Traditional and Critical Theory”, in which it is described as a social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding or explaining it. Wanting to distinguish critical theory as a radical, emancipatory form of Marxist philosophy, Horkheimer critiqued both the model of science put forward by logical positivism and what he and his colleagues saw as the covert positivism and authoritarianism of orthodox Marxism and Communism.
He described a theory as critical insofar as it seeks “to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them.” Critical theory involves a normative dimension, either through criticizing society from some general theory of values, norms (or oughts), or through criticizing it in terms of its own espoused values (i.,e. immanent critique).”
For our previous report on Critical Race Theory; see here.