Why Georgian Schools Must Reject Critical Race Theory
Too many public schools have largely abandoned teaching logic, civics, rhetoric, philosophy, or classical languages — the subjects that once turned schoolchildren into educated Americans. Instead, many schools are now focused on indoctrinating their neighborhoods with radical ideologies that seek to undermine the foundation of the United States by returning to the regressive idea that we need to separate people by race, which which activists say is somehow progressive.
These lessons are inspired by an ideology called critical race theory. CRT is a body of work whose main principles are that racism in America is systemic, that our society is oppressive, that white people only selfishly accept change when it benefits them, that racial identity is paramount, that the government must pursue race-conscious policies in violation of the Constitution, that individualism is suspect, and that Enlightenment principles wrongly universalize white people.
Critics of anti-CRT efforts always mistakenly insist – and they say the same with respect to Georgia’s bills – that “CRT is not taught in K-12 schools”. It’s not the slam-dunk they imagine.
Of course, the long treatises by CRT architects such as Derrick Bell, Kimberle Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, Charles Lawrence or Neil Gotanda are not distributed in ninth-grade classes. But children receive messages that race defines and limits them. At social networksTarece Johnson, the Gwinnett County School Board chairman, said white people are “socialized racists” while black people have “internalized racism.”
The CRT teaches that racism should be seen everywhere, even in “the current affairs of society”, as one of its founders, Richard Delgado, wrote. “Transformative change” is essential. According to its founders, the CRT is above all a tool of revolution. As Derrick Bell has written, “In my view, critical race theory recognizes that the revolution of a culture begins with its radical evaluation.”
Those who will use our children on the front line of this cultural revolution have a very low opinion of their Georgian compatriots. In a recent guest column on this educational blog, Professors T. Jameson Brewer and Brandon Haas described the anti-CRT movement as “an effort to satiate the broad public ignorance of buzzwords such as theory. criticism of race.
Georgians are not ignorant. They reject prejudice and stand up for their children. The same cannot be said of activists who seek to use schools and students to advance their discriminatory ideological agenda.