Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been turned into conservatives' latest bogeyman, suggests Adam Harris of the Atlantic. Originating in academic circles, it provides a deeper understanding of racism, drawing links to social and legal factors. It offers a better understanding of racism in housing policies and its long-term effects on minorities. Conservatives have painted CRT as an anti-White movement to rile up their supporters, linking it to any discussion of race in schools and universities. From an academic perspective, these discussions and workplace training have little to do with real CRT, which goes much deeper. Conservatives have blown this issue up to fuel a culture war that benefits them.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a highly divisive ideology that harms our unity, writes Christopher Rufo in The Wall Street Journal. It upholds the narrative that the US is irredeemably racist. Lawmakers have responded by pushing teachers and universities to reign in provocative teachings, such as having children rank themselves according to racial hierarchy or view one race as "superior" to another. The liberal media, which seeks to control the narrative on race, has responded by defending CRT and presenting criticism of it as an attempt to stop the teaching of racism and slavery. That is not correct. Schools and universities would be better off without teachers driving divisive CRT narratives.