Critical race theory (CRT) conspiracy mania continues. The hysterical and faulty belief that a graduate level legal theory is being taught to our babies as young as kindergarten and on up to high school. However, as with any crisis moment, there is always a silver lining. That lining in this case would be the opportunity for objective truth and logic to rise from the ashes of social chaos. My work in racial deconstruction is one of the unexpected outcomes of an avenue for progress. It is comprised of a three-step process: education, self-reflection, and application, part of which we will use in debunking the CRT lie.
CRT, originating in the mid-1970s, an intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color. Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.
The most important component in the above-mentioned description is that race is socially constructed. Note the following definition of a social construct:
Something that exists not in objective reality, but as a result of human interaction. It exists because humans agree that it exists. Social constructs do not have inherent meaning. The only meaning they have is the meaning given to them by people.
What does this say then about race as a social construct? It means race is not real! In addition, the racial identities of Black and white are not real. It is saying that the concept of Black people and white people is false, not real. Race is a man-made ideology based on the social acceptance of the social idea of white supremacy; it is not a scientific or genetic classification. This important component is the most challenging aspect for the average person to mentally embrace. Why? Because a significant percentage of our country believe that identity by skin color Black and white are scientifically and genetically valid concepts. Are you one of them?
Racial classification systems were developed in the 1600s as Europeans explored and colonized the globe and found that there were physical differences between people. These classifications were used to justify colonization, conversion, slavery and genocide. According to these systems, white skin was the standard, and dark skin was associated with intellectual inferiority and slowed development.
So with this historical and objective fact in mind, consider the following questions:
- Did your instructors teach you that race is a social construct when you were in K-12?
- Did or do your children’s instructors teach race as a social construct?
- Were you or your children taught that your identities actually are not a skin color?
- If this primary tenet of CRT is not taught, how then can CRT be taught in whole or in part in the K-12 curriculum?
One of the primary fears of those who are opponents of CRT, is that it is teaching white people that they are bad people. Again, let’s refer to this foundational tenet of CRT, race as a social construct. Keeping with this logic, the concept of white people is also then a social construct. Hence, white people can’t be bad, nor can they be good, because white people theoretically don’t exist. Any school not teaching this theoretical view, is not teaching the principles of CRT, they are actually teaching the principles of race ideology, learn the difference.
The issue is not critical race theory, it is race ideology in need of address in not just the system of education, but all systems of public service. Children as early as the age of 5 know instinctively the social meaning of racial identity by skin color. The challenge for you is to decide whether or not to continue the perpetuation of racial identity, now that you know the purpose and roles of these racial classifications of color.
George Middleton is a mental health counselor and author of three books addressing the connection between mental health and the social impact of the race construct. Contact him at email@example.com.