You need to know about Critical Race Theory if for no other reason than to understand Barack Obama
March 09, 2012
If you don't know and understand Critical Race Theory (CRT) then you need to become informed. We would suggest it explains more, perhaps, about what has been happening in this country over the last three years than anything else. Because of Andrew Breitbart it is now out in the open for discussion.
CRT is clearly the next evolutionary stage of the civil rights movement in this country. We'll refrain from offering too much of our thinking on the subject until later, but clearly what you need to know to begin to understand CRT is that it is not about equality. It does not seek to promote race neutrality as Martin Luther King envisioned in his "I have a dream speech." But what it does seek to achieve is not at all clearly articulated.
What is clear, however, is that Barack Obama and most of the people he brought into his administration are adherents to CRT, not the least of which are his appointments at the Justice Department and to the federal courts. Click here for an illustration of that point.
In fact one of the best, albeit tempered, descriptions of CRT can be found in the words of none other than Supreme Court appointee Elana Kagan. Click here to read what Kagan has to say about CRT.
To understand the influence of CRT on Barack Obama one must know about Professor Derrick Bell, not so much because of the now famous video of Obama participating in a college demonstration in support of Bell, but rather because Bell was so important to Obama's thinking. For example, when Obama was teaching "constitutional law" at the University of Chicago, Bell was the most frequently assigned readings Obama imposed on his students.
But if you want an alternative perspective on CRT we would commend Dr. Thomas Sowell back in 1990.