Critical Race Theory originated as an academic theory in the seventies as an offshoot of the Marxist inspired movement of Critical Theory. While CRT can have value as an academic study in higher education, the ideological movement inspired by the analytical tool is problematic. Anti-empirical, anti-rational and illiberal efforts on the left threaten to give political power to anti-equality efforts on the right. My commitment is to racial equality through evidence-based approaches and by reaffirming liberal values.
When used appropriately by professionals, it can be useful at analyzing history and law through a racial lens. Systemic racism is also a useful concept that came out of CRT. Since the ideological movement that spawned from CRT has gone mainstream and become diluted, it’s been misused and abused by lay people, especially in online activism spaces.
CRT doesn’t allow you to see people as individuals. It reduces people to single variables. It puts social significance back into racial categories and inflames racism.
CRT claims that science, objective truth, reason and liberal values are part of a racist structure. As an analytic tool, it seeks to destroy all other analytic tools.
It’s also antisemitic, anti-asian and discriminates against people with disabilities.
We should be reaffirming liberal values and what Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement fought for: to see people for the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
Glenn Loury (Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University) and John McWhorter (Columbia University, Lexicon Valley, The Atlantic). Recorded May 1, 2021.
Linguistics professor and "Nine Nasty Words" author John McWhorter joins Bill Maher for a common-sense conversation about race.
James Lindsay is a US academic with a background in maths and physics. He co-authored the book Cynical Theories which takes a deep dive into the woke movement and its academic roots. Lindsay was also involved in the Grievance studies affair where a group of academics submitted fake papers for peer review to shine a light on poor standards and postmodernist ideas.
Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the complexities of American education's new focus on race.
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with John McWhorter about race, racism, and “anti-racism” in America.
Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the Jussie Smollett hoax, Donald Trump, and "antiracism" as a new secular religion.
In this episode, Coleman Hughes interviews John McWhorter, an American academic and linguist, on the notion of anti-racism, the Alex McNab saga, religion, and more.
In episode 165 of The Michael Shermer Show, Dr. Shermer speaks with John McWhorter about his new online book on how the antiracism movement poses a threat to progressive America. Shermer and McWhorter discuss: antiracism as a religion; the 3 waves of antiracism; the antiracism trinity: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Robin DiAngelo, Ibram X. Kendi; white fragility; Black Lives Matter; systemic racism (incarceration rates, housing, jobs, income, etc.); reparations; George Floyd, Tony Timpa and police violence; the N-word and language as violence; and Third Wave Antiracism catechism.
Critical Race Theory…
The cognitive distortions in Critical Race Theory
Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility Is Snake Oil Masquerading As Insight by David Edward Burke
To build a truly antiracist society, we need to listen to all black voices, not just those deemed "authentic." Erec Smith.
Tracing, facing and erasing what psychology titles the Victimhood Mentality will be key to, among other things, saving America's educational system. John McWhorter.
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) delivered the most vigorous rejection of CRT yet, calling it "a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud." CACAGNY is one of the oldest chapters of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, which was founded in San Francisco in 1895 to respond to nationwide discrimination and violence against Chinese Americans.
Jewish Institute for Liberal Values
Hannah E. Meyers February 4, 2021
‘Way to fight racism isn’t to cease discussion and debate,’ say dozens of Jewish intellectuals and writers, assert opposition to ‘the imposition of ideology’
By Jeremy Sharon
David Baddiel's book looking at the left's blind spot on Jews gets a thumbs up from Jeremy Havardi, despite the comedian 'ducking the challenge' on Zionism.
Steven Mintz is professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin
"Today, almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education ushered in the Civil Rights Movement, there is an urgent need to reaffirm and advance its core principles. To insist on our common humanity. To demand that we are each entitled to equality under the law. To bring about a world in which we are all judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.
That’s where FAIR comes in."
"We are a wide-range of people who are taking a stand against the divisive obsession with people’s racial identity. We refuse to be divided—by racists or culture warriors—who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour. We are liberal anti-racists who reject the proposition that the UK is inherently racist in 2020, with racial prejudice embedded into our institutions. We wrote this open letter to fellow citizens of the UK and we’d like you to join us."