Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves recently announced his support of Senate Bill 2681, which would require the Mississippi State Legislature to ban Critical Race Theory from all public classrooms in the state. Governor Reeves called Critical Race Theory a growing threat to our nation’s children and demanded that action be taken to protect Mississippi students from what he characterized as anti-American, racist indoctrination. The bill would require Mississippi State University and all accredited universities in the state to remove any and all materials teaching Critical Race Theory and to ban these materials from being taught on campus at any time in the future.
If you look at Ferguson, if you look at Baltimore, there are black lives that matter. White lives do matter. Asian lives let’s go ahead and get rid of all these divisive ideas because we’re one race: The human race. It’s time we start acting like it. Look, I’m not going to sit here and try to pretend I know everything about critical race theory because quite frankly I don’t even think anyone really knows what they’re talking about when they talk about critical race theory because it seems like such an abstract idea anyway… So let me ask you something: Is evolution really so much more scientific than critical race theory?
No! Because both theories fall apart under any real scrutiny anyway… And besides, if we take all their cash away from them, who’s going to pay for us? Nobody wants that kind of world.o matter. Hispanic lives do matter, but not only that -all life matters. We need to come together as a people and say ‘this crap has got to stop.’ The best way to move forward is to leave it in our history books where it belongs. Current scholars have heavily criticized CRT, particularly in its more radical form.
These theorists highlight that many of CRT’s theories are extremely complicated, often diverging from foundational principles in philosophy. Additionally, they observe that CRT is not held to any standard operating procedures which hinders widespread acceptance. As a result, scholars have called for more clarity within CRT and further research into appropriate remedies to societal injustices. It must be noted that these criticisms are only levied against extreme versions of CRT, not all versions.
Critical race theory describes a school of thought that emerged in reaction to what its proponents see as inconsistencies and inequalities within the traditional Western academic legal theory. It’s associated with scholars such as Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors, and Dr. Derrick Bell, known as the father of critical race theory. The main idea behind CRT is that racism is ingrained into American society and its institutions and can never be completely wiped out—it would only lead to new forms emerging in different ways over time. Thus, those who subscribe to CRT believe efforts should instead be placed on trying to improve current systems by fighting against institutionalized racism.
CRT has been accused of denying equality before the law and promoting racial division. CRTs also argue that systemic racism affects every aspect of life—including education, employment, housing, and health care. According to them, it explains how certain minorities continue to experience persistent inequalities despite laws put in place that are intended to prevent them from happening. They argue there’s no way around it without addressing broader social policies and ideas about identity and progress itself.
First developed by critical legal studies scholar, Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, critical race theory is a new school of thought that centers on looking at issues through an intersectional lens. Intersectionality examines how individual people are impacted differently based on their intersecting identities. For example, an African American lesbian may have different experiences with discrimination or access to health care than a white heterosexual woman or a Hispanic gay man. As new scholarship has developed over time, practitioners within the field have expanded their focus to examine more topics including sexuality, ethnicity, and class.
The end goal of critical race theory is to create meaningful change in all aspects of society including higher education. How Does It Impact Higher Education? While colleges and universities were once slow to incorporate social sciences into their curricula, they’ve since become well known for having such courses. That being said, few colleges offer classes focusing on critical race theory because it’s so difficult to implement when teachers aren’t properly trained. Furthermore, many students struggle when faced with questions centered around topics like sex and sexual orientation because they haven’t been taught how to integrate historical context into real-world situations.
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