Recently, Dr. Cornel West, a philosopher and progressive activist, resigned from Harvard because he was denied a tenured position. West posted his resignation letter to his social media account for the public to read. More people are probably aware of his resignation letter than they are aware of the forward he wrote in the 1995 book — Critical Race Theory: The key writings that formed a movement.
West stated, CRT compels us to confront the most explosive issue in American civilization: The historical centrality and complicity of law in upholding white supremacy.
West also highlighted the writings of Derrick Bell…
Ibram X. Kendi’s latest essay in The Atlantic was titled — Our New Postracial Myth: The postracial idea is the most sophisticated racist idea ever produced.
Kendi quoted former Vice President Mike Pence, “It is time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism. America is not a racist nation.”
Kendi said: We’ve heard this before.
Then he announced: “America is not a racist nation” is the new “America is a postracial nation”. We are witnessing the birth of a new postracial project.
What was the old postracial project?
In 2008 Barack Obama became the first black president…
Recently, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Tx) interviewed Dr. Richard Johnson on his podcast. Johnson is the director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Booker T. Washington Initiative.
When the conversation turned to Critical Race Theory (CRT), Johnson said, “The ideal of CRT was not a weapon of Dr. Martin Luther King … [The traditional Civil Rights Movement’s] mantra was equal-opportunity not equity — there is a difference. We need to combat CRT with the one-race theory of the Civil Rights Movement — there’s only the human race.”
Crenshaw added, “A truly colorblind society.”
Right now, defenders of CRT are shouting Crenshaw…
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden commemorated the end of slavery in the United States by signing a bill that made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Ironically, on the same day, the United States Supreme Court decided 8 to 1 against six African plaintiffs in Nestle USA v. Doe, a child slave labor lawsuit.
This case was originally filed in 2005 and was dismissed in 2010 by a California federal judge. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal and after a decade and a half the case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The lawsuit targeted the…
The New York Times recently described Critical Race Theory as a “framework” that found its way inside American institutions. The Cambridge Dictionary defines “framework” as a system of rules, ideas, or beliefs that is used to plan or decide something. I’m pointing this out to suggest CRT does not lend itself to a single or simplistic definition.
Recently, former CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill conducted several interviews with opponents of CRT on The Black News, a show Hill hosts.
Hill began each interview by asking CRT opponents to define CRT, each opponent defined the theory as best they could…
During the last two decades of the 20th century, two academic movements emerged out of the black intelligentsia, Afrocentricity and Critical Race Theory.
Afrocentricity was a historical movement that claimed the great achievements of Western Civilization originated in Africa. They also claimed Eurocentric scholarship suppressed Africa’s contributions to humanity in order to maintain white supremacy.
Critical Race Theory developed within legal studies.
CRT scholars questioned the “very foundation of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.” …
Last week was the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre. In 1921 a white mob destroyed a prosperous black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thirty-five blocks were burned to the ground and historians estimated 300 black people were killed. President Biden visited Tulsa, met with the last three survivors, and gave a speech. Biden discussed policy initiatives that would help black Americans build generational wealth in order to narrow the racial wealth gap.
Afterwards, critics pointed out Biden didn’t mention reparations. The critics were correct, but also incorrect. …
After fatal police encounters involving African Americans during the last decade, American cities experienced rioting that was reminiscent of the 1960s.
But the 21st century actually began with a riot that has been forgotten.
In 2001, rioting erupted after an unarmed black man was fatally shot by the police in Cincinnati, Ohio. This incident was the largest civil disturbance since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, which took place after four white police officers were acquitted for beating black motorist Rodney King.
The rallying cry of Cincinnati protesters was Stop Killing Us. There were other fatal shootings of black men…
Last year I wrote a piece about systemic racism.
I linked the term systemic racism to the term institutional racism, a term coined by Stokely Carmichael. I pointed out Carmichael stated institutional racism and colonialism were one and the same. However, Carmichael also stated the analogy wasn’t perfect and gave examples as to why the analogy wasn’t sufficient. I simply agreed with Carmichael but went further and claimed that systemic racism was based on an inadequate analogy.
Well, I posted that piece on another platform and got a response.
The responder suggested that I expand my knowledge of colonialism in…
Recently, 200 families representing loved ones that were victimized by American police forces during the past two decades have teamed up with 300 civil liberties organizations and filed a request with the United Nations asking for the Human Rights Council to launch an inquiry into police violence in the United States.
No serious person in the United States would disagree that police brutality is a problem, and all measures should be taken to reduce it. So, it’s hard to criticize a call for a UN probe.
However, here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of this international crusade.
J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.