Critical race theory has become a lightning rod issue in our country today. Both sides of the political spectrum are using it as a club to bash the other. This just the beginning of the conversation. We can't learn if we only hear one side. So, what is Critical Race Theory?
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a mindset of viewing race as a lens through which one can critically examine social structures. It was initially used to study law. But like most critical theories, it emerged as a fast-spreading movement through which one could alter politics, economics, and society as a whole. Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic’s book, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, describes the movement as: “a collection of activists and scholars engaged in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism, and power.”
Kimberlé Crenshaw, one of the founding members of the movement, says CRT is more than just a collective group. She calls it: “a practice—a way of seeing how the fiction of race has been transformed into concrete racial inequities.” Today we look at its beginnings and how it is being used today.
My guest today is Bradly Mason is a husband, father, parishioner, and cabinetmaker, who
occasionally writes at alsoacarpenter.com. You can follow Bradly at @alsoacarpenter.
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