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Critical Race Theory

Politico-Socio issues stay ever with us. Gain perspective deciding if these words resonate with your understanding and thinking.

If you're offended easily, skip past this article. Not that I make a habit of offending people intentionally, but most readers will not likely enjoy what I am about to present after studying Critical Race Theory. The first in a series of articles exploring CRT, it's important to understand a spectrum exists within the theory. This article explores foundational constructs of CRT without purporting academic scholarship. In other words, these words are those of Rodric Anthony Johnson. I take responsibility for the interpretation of the Critical Race Theory presented here.

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Adding amendments to the Constitution regarding rights for equal status of human trafficked captives and their descendants in an explicitly racist system does not create equality.

What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory changes too much to define it thoroughly. Because the limits of CRT vaguely manifest, even theorists within the umbrella of the theory struggle to find a common and complete theoretical construct other than to point out flaws, which is its purpose!

Like any other approach, CRT can be misunderstood and misapplied. It has been distorted and attacked. And it continues to change and evolve. The hope in CRT is in its recognition that the same policies, structures, and scholarship that can function to disenfranchise and oppress so many also holds the potential to emancipate and empower many. It provides a lens through which the civil rights lawyer can imagine a more just nation. [1]

Several camps have opinions on the matter of the meaning of CRT ranging a spectrum from misunderstanding to approaching the truth. The crux of the matter points excoriatingly that Critical Race Theory has a politically motivating beginning from the first grumblings that the Civil Rights Movement did nothing more than place a bandaid on a system needing brain and open heart surgery!

CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship.[1]

This is not a scholarly attempt to express, defend, or encourage the acceptance of Critical Race Theory. It's an exploration of American culture and race from a pro-American subjectivity, the only kind I can provide. Nevertheless, with such subjectivity, equity reigns supreme, a construct of my cultural and philosophical assertions.

The crux of the matter points excoriatingly that Critical Race Theory has a politically motivating beginning from the first grumblings that the Civil Rights Movement did nothing more than place a bandaid on a system needing brain and open heart surgery!

— Rodric Anthony Johnson

Critical Theory

CRT is influenced by Critical Theory argued by Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud who, together, support the ideology that political, social, and scientific structures of Western society must constantly endure the pragmatic sifting of progress relating to human liberty.

Marx! My cultural and social anxiety recoil merely mentioning the name of Karl Marx! Akin to American heresy, is he--disdain, most subjectively, on display! Willing, exploratory efforts to understand CRT allow me to place political and philosophical preconceptions aside, seeking understanding, not necessarily agreement. Let's press forward.

Critical Theory promotes “critiquing and changing society as a whole.” [2] Stabbing at the underbelly of society looking for flaws at the foundations of civilization instead of elements constructed in human institutions as other theories do. Critical Theory seeks to explore the truth of how the world works.

Any development in Western Society that advances one group of people and oppresses another poses antithetical progress for humanity generally, “And” being the operative word.

Because structures exist benefiting and oppressing humanity in some form, there must also exist deconstructive elements forming a structure, or structures, curving toward total philanthropic benefit to humanity.

This understanding pulls and tugs at my sympathies and kindly, very kindly relates the Marxism inherent in such an approach: All must benefit no matter the cost, or none! Haltingly, my need for understanding helps me assuage the need to burn Karl Marx at the political/social stake in effigy.

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Any development in Western Society that advances one group of people and oppresses another poses antithetical progress for humanity generally, “And” being the operative word.

Defining Critical Race Theory

Add race into the mix, which is what adaptors of Critical Theory did to form Critical Race Theory. Using the same words to describe the Critical Theory above, I provide a sanguine definition:

The ideology that political, social, and scientific structures of white American society must constantly endure the pragmatic sifting of egalitarianism in relation to racial minorities' equality.

Critical Race Theory promotes critiquing and changing American society as a whole, stabbing at the underbelly of Americanism exposing racially aristocratic flaws at the foundations of the United States.

Adding amendments to the Constitution regarding rights for equal status of human trafficked captives and their descendants in an explicitly racist system does not create equality. Critical Race Theory seeks to explore the truth of the origins of American liberty.

Any development in white American Society that advances white privileged groups and oppresses minority groups in any form poses antithetical progress for The United States of America in racial equality as it presently exists.

Based on the above analysis of Critical Race Theory, I endeavor to proceed--owning responsibility for the definition of CRT conveyed in this article. An amalgamation of several sources filtered through my intellect, educated guess, produced the above explanation of Critical Race Theory and not one singular source.

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Defining Race

In This Article

The lowercase “white” references my distinction for Critical Race Theory theorists' definition of color relating to American Culture.

Uppercase White refers to a person’s racial/ethnic identity in America. Fluidic in nature, ambiguous, "White" as a race of people refers to a large cross-section of Americans who most have European and/or Asian ancestry.

Uppercase Black distinction refers to those of African heritages in America who identify by description or ancestral linkages. The second-largest racial group in America, Black (African American, Negro, Afro-American, Colored) people overwhelmingly consist of descendants of American slaves enumerated such in the US Constitution. African Americans represent a crossectional aggregate of the descendants of multiple ethnicities bred or intermingled to create a unique racial distinction, similar to the White Americans.

Though custom dictates “white” and “black” in lowercase form seems amiable to describe race, I prefer upper-case to differentiate the color from the race, and, the "culture of white" from the race of White.

Of note, the largest ETHNIC minority consists of a conglomeration of Latino communities, who consist of multiple races and smaller ethnic groups, (Puerto Ricans, Chicanos, Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, and other Spanish speaking ethnicities in America)

Critical: To Criticize

Because the subject of Critical Race Theory requires such attention to detail, even for works not of scholastic caliber, I plan to release another article exploring the political aspects of CRT. The information in this article merely scratches the surface of an important, often misunderstood politico-social movement in America that began as an academic observation of the disparities in America following the Civil Rights Movement. The root of this theory is: To criticize.

The word "Critical" in the theory provides the purpose of this ideology. Just as Freud and Marx suggest, as scientist and philosopher:

  • Question the system.
  • Push the limits of understanding.

CRT does not claim to provide solutions but point out chinks in the armor of American liberty.

America has the armor of liberty for all. Critical Theories, such as CRT check to see how thoroughly citizens and laws reflect the enumerated rights of the people.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony Johnson

Comments

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on July 30, 2021:

Bill, this is just the first article. I started with a 4000-word article! I had to change it so that I could put it out in small doses. I asked you that question in the Mailbag because of this topic.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 30, 2021:

Wonderful article, my friend. I have no problem at all with CRT. Those who think it should not be taught still believe the fairy tales we were taught in school for so many years. Good on you for taking a stand.

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