Critical Race Theory – What is it, and What Impact Does it Really Have?

A local Father named Andrew Gutmann issued a letter to fellow parents at Brearly School in NY on April 13, 2021. He powerfully states in the letter, “Our nation will not survive a generation of leadership even more poorly educated than we have now, nor will we survive a generation of students taught to hate its own country and despise its history.”

In Andrew’s opinion, we were already suffering in our attempt to educate our students in the areas of History and Civics.

Adopting this new curriculum endorsing “Critical Race Theory” could have very dangerous side-effects on our nation, but what exactly is Critical Race Theory? What does it teach?

According to definition, Critical Race Theory is an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice.

Well, that doesn’t sound so bad. In fact, it almost sounds like a good thing, but wait, there’s more…

According to another definition Critical race theory (CRT), is 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 rather, a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour. 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.

Does that not take on a whole new meaning? What a twisted agenda! “Race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature.” “Rather a socially constructed, culturally invented category.” Say what?

Race is absolutely recognized by physical features, and this narrative is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve found myself revolving around this phrase recently, “When you overcomplicate things, you start to miss the simple Truths.”  Of course, all of these words they’re saying sure sound smart, but when you dissect the meaning, you find that they’re absolutely absurd.   

It literally sickens me to the core that so many of us are being lumped into a holistic sum, and attacked by the assumption that our systems and mentalities are inherently racist. What a sad day for America when groups or activists wish to separate us, but we can’t even recognize this reality in our midst. Even worse, when we’re so deceived that we actually go along with these ideas!

In my opinion, the very things they’re claiming to educate us about (these laws and legal institutions which they claim are the perpetrators), they are actually doing themselves. In reality, they are the perpetrators, and we are all becoming the victims. This narrative, this mentality, this curriculum being adopted into our education will do that very thing. It will create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.

It seems to me as if they’ve coined and executed their own mission statement.

In its simplest form, the way we should really be looking at this is as a complete role reversal. It’s this type of agenda, misinformation, and false teaching that will ultimately create the division, enmity, and angst.

Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, addresses the topic of Critical Race Theory and its impact relating to our curriculums, our schools, our students, and our unity. His words are absolute fire, and his perspectives are so forth coming. Listen to what he says, and with such wisdom.

Dr. Carson wrote an Op-Ed with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.

They share, “We are all created equal by God.” They also point out how it’s “alarming” that students are “being subjected to the radical concept known as critical race theory, which pits them against one another on the basis of race and gender under the guise of achieving ‘equity.’” Critical race theory sows division and cripples the nation from within, “one brainwashed and resentful student at a time. And while foreign adversaries like China and Russia surely work to inflame our divisions, we are doing this to ourselves.”

Ben shares that, “You’re teaching them, that if they’re white kids, that they’re bad people. And if they’re black kids, that they’re victims, and that somebody else has created their problems.” Need I even point out, what about our other brothers and sisters from Mexico, China, India, etc. Why are they suddenly removed from the equation?

He challenges us with this thought, “Would you rather judge somebody on something that they can control, or something they can’t control. They can’t control their race, but they can certainly control their character.”

Wow! That is such a powerful statement by Dr. Carson. I’ll just highlight one more because it was so dead on, “You cannot be the land of the free if you’re not the home of the brave.” He says let them call you names, let them tell you they’ve got something on you, but go ahead and stand up for what’s right!

Notice also what he shares about how we’re being taught to think. We are being taught to group-think, and if we don’t think in the same way, we’re going to be canceled, rejected, and/or punished in some way. He says this is antithetical to the concept of liberty, the very thing that people came to this country for in the first place, and we’re going to lose it if we don’t fight for it every day.

You may be interested to check out this article from the New York Times:

The article reads:

It’s bad enough to lose one’s faith, which at least holds forth the possibility of recovering it.

But what if we give up and abandon altogether the teaching of our children the true and inspiring story of America? What will become of our youngest Americans who are starting off with a blank slate about what our country means and stands for? What exactly are we doing if we are not teaching them about their country’s values, history and heroes?

The alarming answer is, in our nation today, there are far too many classrooms where our children and grandchildren are not learning about the positive revolution in human affairs set in motion by our Founders, or how later leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called upon the wisdom and vision of the Founders to defeat the evil injustices of slavery and segregation.

Instead, many are learning that our Founders were altogether sinful men unworthy of statues or even praise. The historic achievements of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Douglass and King are being shelved in favor of the false and destructive narrative that we are a systemically racist and ultimately irredeemable nation.

Even worse – and at an alarming pace – students are being subjected to the radical concept known as critical race theory, which pits them against one another on the basis of race and gender under the guise of achieving “equity.” Not only is this extreme ideology deeply divisive and harmful, but it rejects America’s most defining principle – that as individuals we are all created equal by God. A great nation cannot survive if its citizens are taught to hold their own country in contempt.