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Harvard University and the Roots of Critical Race Theory

Harvard University and the Roots of Critical Race Theory

“Tracing the history of critical race theory reveals just how intimately connected it is with America’s most prestigious university.”

We cover Critical Race Theory as it appears in schools today, but don’t often focus on the history behind it.

Kenny Xu of The Federalist writes about the beginnings of it all at Harvard:

Critical Race Theory’s Poisonous Roots Trace Back To Harvard University

In the past several months, multiple state legislatures have made moves to ban critical race theory — the latest hot-button issue in contemporary American politics — from their public schools. Activists have opined that critical race theory is either the cure for racial injustice in America or the most dangerous force threatening our democracy.

Plenty of writers have explained the main tenets of the theory, some in great detail. But where did it come from? How did an obscure academic theory come to dominate the national political conversation in only a few years?

The answer to these questions lies in the origins of the theory. Critical race theory emerged from one of America’s foremost institutions: Harvard University. Tracing the history of critical race theory reveals just how intimately connected it is with America’s most prestigious university.

In the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legal scholars grappled with how the sweeping legislation would affect America’s racial struggles. By the 1970s, it was clear that anti-discrimination law and racial integration had not fully healed the nation’s race relations. This frustrated many civil rights advocates, who after Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968 lacked a moral lodestar to underpin their faith in American democracy to solve racial problems.

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Sultan | June 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm

Having read this, and having read many other articles and even books about “critical race theory”, I still don’t see anything to it except simple aggressive black racism. Thousands of words trying to explain what it is and how the great minds at Harvard (or the Frankfurt School) came up with it, and none of those words make it out to be anything other than aggressive black racism.

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