CRT IDENTIFYING IT AND FIGHTING IT!
History Britannica.com, Critical race theory (CRT) was officially organized in 1989, at the first annual Workshop on Critical Race Theory, though its intellectual origins go back much farther, to the 1960s and ’70s.
CRT Explained in 60 Seconds or Less
"Critical Race Theory is an ideology that was born out of Critical Legal Studies that comes Critical Theory, which traces its roots to Marxism. It's based on the presupposition that racism is the defining characteristic and the defining realty of American culture and all things are to be understood through that lens."*
“CRT replaces the Marxist economic struggle with a racial struggle that pits people of color against whites. The principles of CRT are embedded in many terms and phrases which are all based on this racial struggle. CRT is known by euphemisms like “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” and “Culturally Responsive Teaching”. There are many terms associated with CRT like “implicit bias”, “power and privilege”, “social justice”, “white supremacy”, “cultural competence”, “white privilege”, “anti-racism”, “lived experience”, “storytelling/narrative”, and many more.”**
*Voddie Baucham, “Are Christians Being Duped Into the New Social Justice Ideology?” Alisa Childers YouTube channel
**View a Presentation by Cedra Crenshaw to gain more insight into CRT.
A Brief History
How it Manifests
How to Stop it by Addressing CRT Claims Specifically
Contrast CRT based on Worldviews
Important Terms (Purdue University)
White privilege: Discussed by Lipsitz, Lee, Harris, McIntosh, and other CRT scholars, white privilege refers to the various social, political, and economic advantages white individuals experience in contrast to non-white citizens based on their racial membership. CRT proposes that all Western cultures--especially the United States--are infused to the core with "white supremacy", "white privilege" and "institutionalized racism."
Institutionalized Racism: This concept, discussed extensively by Camara Phyllis Jones, refers to the systemic ways dominant society restricts a racialized individual or group’s access to opportunities.
Microaggressions: Microaggressions refer to the seemingly minute, often unconscious, instances of prejudice that collectively contribute to racism and the subordination of racialized individuals by dominant culture. For example, asking a person of color, "Where are you from?" or saying, "You are so articulate." or male colleagues interrupting women at meetings.
Introduction video by PragerU: Miseducated: The Decline of America's Schools Why are schools obsessed with race (0 to 5 minutes), gender, and sex education (5 to 9 minutes) issues? Why are children learning revisionist history (starting at 9 to 15 minutes) ? Why are America’s schools teaching children to hate America—and each other? In Miseducated, PragerU Kids Director of Outreach, Jill Simonian, interviews experts who understand our K-12 education problem and are awakening America to the battle happening right now for the minds of our children. 15:38
How to Identify Critical Race Theory (CRT), Knowing critical race theory when you see it and fighting it when you can
A parent's guide to saving America's public schools by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.
Parental Rights in the Face of CRT. Alliance Defending Freedom. Video describing Parent's Rights and the implementation of CRT in out Schools.
Alliance for Defending Freedom Parental Rights Toolkit E-book. E-book referred to by page numbers in the video.
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