critical race theory

Like science, history is an ever-emerging narrative based on curiosity, exploration, discovery, debate and interpretation. But like science (and journalism), it must be informed by fact. The recent screed by former gubernatorial candidate John Klar of Brookfield in Vermont’s conservative online news blog True North Reports against Gov. Scott’s tacit support for “critical race theory” is heavy on political whining, but light on understanding and facts. Critical race theory derived from the work in the 1970s and ‘80s of Derrick Bell and Kimberlé Crenshaw, who were interested in highlighting...
On June 10 and June 17 you published a flurry of rejoinders about Critical Race Theory. Both Steve Jackson and Julian Roy took very wide swings at it — one against, one in favor. I agree with my colleague at Middlebury College, Prof. Kemi Fuentes-George, that any course about race debates in the U.S. must include Critical Race Theory. I disagree with your columnist Joanna Colwell that those of us who see big problems with CRT are refusing to face “real history,” perhaps because we have been deceived by Koch Brothers-financed propaganda. What matters to most Addison Independent readers will be...
On June 10 this paper featured a strident letter critical of the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools. I’m writing to share a different perspective. As I understand it, CRT is not a curriculum. It is simply a lens through which teachers can help students examine the role of racism and race in American society, both now and historically. The basic principle (it is not specifically referred to as “Critical Race Theory” except by ill-informed critics, but rather as an equity program) asserts, correctly, that racism is purely a social construct — one that presents one race as...
Unless you have been living under a complete media blackout for the last six weeks, you’ve probably heard of Critical Race Theory and the latest efforts to keep it out of U.S. K-12. But do you know what Critical Race Theory is? I wanted to make sure I had the correct definition, so I turned to good old Wikipedia. There, CRT is defined as “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.” In other words, CRT examines the...
I understand that the Addy Indy has a (rightful) interest in printing letters from across the political spectrum in order to promote “responsible debate,” but I am genuinely unclear about what is “responsible” in the letter by Mr. Jackson on CRT (Critical Race Theory) that ran in the June 10 edition. The problem with Mr. Jackson’s letter is that it is wholly incorrect about literally everything he claims about CRT, starting with the first sentence, and continuing for every sentence thereafter. CRT is not known as “Courageous Conversation.” It is not “instructed by teachers.” Unless primary...
In response to the June 10 letter “Race theory in schools panned”: There is importance in listening to different arguments. When it comes to the topic of racism, however, the facts speak for themselves. Have you looked at the news and seen who is being disproportionately killed and discriminated against in this country? There is no room to challenge anti-racism or Critical Race Theory. Something or someone is either racist or not. As white people are not victims of racism but rather the historic perpetrators of racism, white people must listen to Black voices on what is and is not racist. A...
Critical Race Theory (CRT) (also known as Courageous Conversation or by some other euphemism) as instructed by teachers, is the result of the intersection of three perspectives: self-loathing, virtue signaling and political expediency. According to CRT, all whites must atone for their racist beliefs because they are inherently racist; whites can gain a few points by signaling how virtuous they are in admitting their racism; politicians and activists can ride the wave of CRT Awareness to get more votes in the next election due to their new-found awareness. In reality, people who believe that...

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