* Critical Race Theory

Founded by the late Derrick Bell, critical race theory is an academic discipline which maintains that society is divided along racial lines into (white) oppressors and (black) victims, similar to the way Marxism frames the oppressor/victim dichotomy along class lines. Critical race theory contends that America is permanently racist to its core, and that consequently the nation’s legal structures are, by definition, racist and invalid. As Emory University professor Dorothy Brown puts it, critical race theory “seeks to highlight the ways in which the law is not neutral and objective but designed to support white supremacy and the subordination of people of color.” A logical derivative of this premise, according to critical race theory, is that the members of “oppressed” racial groups are entitled—in fact obligated—to determine for themselves which laws and traditions have merit and are worth observing. Further, critical race theory holds that because racism is so deeply ingrained in the American character, classical liberal ideals such as meritocracy, equal opportunity, and colorblind justice are essentially nothing more than empty slogans that fail to properly combat—or to even acknowledge the existence of—the immense structural inequities that pervade American society and work against black people. Thus, according to critical race theorists, racial preferences (favoring blacks) in employment and higher education are not only permissible but necessary as a means of countering the permanent bigotry of white people who, as Bell put it, seek to “achieve a measure of social stability through their unspoken pact to keep blacks on the bottom.”


Additional Resources

Critical Race Theory, the New Intolerance, and Its Grip on America
By Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez (Heritage Foundation)
December 7, 2020

Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It
By Christopher Rufo
March 2021

Critical Race Theory: As ‘Pseudo’ as Pseudoscience Gets
By Allen Gindler
December 11, 2020

Critical Race Theory in American Classrooms
By Max Eden
September 18, 2020

Institutionalizing Critical Race Theory
By Clare Lopez
April 

Marxist “Critical Race Theory” Seeps Into U.S. Courts
By GianCarlo Canaparo and Hans von Spakovsky
December 23, 2020

Feeling Guilty About Everything? Thank Critical Race Theory
By Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez
December 7, 2020

Biracial Student Fails Critical Race Theory Class for Refusing to Confess His ‘White Dominance,’ Mom Claims
By Breck Dumas
March 11, 2021

The Monster Is in the Classroom
By Erika Sanzi
April 30, 2021

Videos:

The Hate of Critical Race Theory
Jamie Glazov interviews Clare Lopez
May 2, 2021

Critical Race Theory: On the New Ideology of Race
The Manhattan Institute (a discussion with Ralph Richard Banks, Randall Kennedy, John McWhorter, Jason Riley, & Christopher Rufo)
December 16, 2020

The New Intolerance: Critical Race Theory and Its Grip on America
The Heritage Foundation (a discussion with Lindsey Burke, Jonathan Butcher, Mike Gonzalez, Christopher Rufo, & Angela Sailor)
January 11, 2021

What Is Critical Race Theory?
By James Lindsay (Prager University)
April 26, 2021

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