“Antiracism” Promoter Ibram X. Kendi: Critical Race Theory Is “Foundational” To My Work
“I just I can’t imagine a pathway to being Antiracist that does not engage critical race theory.”
It has often been the claim of those who support anti-racism work that Critical Race Theory (CRT) and anti-racism are not the same thing. CRT, as the narrative goes, is a wholly separate endeavor from such popular concepts in K-12 curriculum and corporate board trainings as Social Emotional Learning (SEL), anti-racism, bias training, and intersectionality. This repeated narrative, of course, flies in the face of a common sense analysis of the concepts advanced by each discipline. It also flies in the face of those who actively champion Critical Race Theory and anti-racism.
The loudest proponents of anti-racism in the media make all sorts of claims about people who object to CRT in schools. “It’s not taught in elementary schools,” or, “The opponents of CRT don’t even know what it is!” One of these themes popped up on January 6, 2022, when Joy Reid made the claim on her MSNBC show that “Ibram Kendi has nothing to do with CRT!”
Ibram X. Kendi wrote the book, How To Be An Anti-Racist, that has become the blueprint for radical progressives to point out so-called systemic racism in every aspect of American life. As the narrative goes, white supremacy was at the heart of the formation of the United States Constitution, and America exists to protect white Americans from losing their power to people of color, women, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups. One can’t trust the words of the Founders who said they wanted to create a more just society for all, because after all, they owned slaves.
For Joy Reid, none of that proves that Kendi embraces Critical Race Theory in his assertions as to how white people can be anti-racist and allies for marginalized people.
Which may come as a surprise to Kendi himself, who said CRT informs everything he does, and that it inspires him.
Joy Reid tonight: Ibram Kendi has nothing to do with critical race theory!
Ibram Kendi: Actually, critical race theory informs everything that I do and is "foundational to my work."https://t.co/N7wXCypZGz pic.twitter.com/xzliS8JxWx
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) January 7, 2022
In the podcast, “A Word with Jason Johnson,” Kendi said CRT is “foundational” to his work:
S1: Would you consider yourself to be a critical race theorists who are critical race theories out there that people should be aware of? Because the way the right is trying to define it now, any person black, brown, white, queer, Asian, whatever, who says anything other than America is the greatest country on the face of the planet is apparently a critical race there.
S2: So I’ve certainly been inspired by my critical race theory and critical race theorists, the way in which I’ve formulated definitions of of racism and racist and anti-racism and Antiracist have not only been based on historical sort of evidence, but also Kimberle Crenshaw intersectional theory, which is she’s one of the founding and pioneering critical race theorists who who in the late 1980s and early 1990s said, you know what, black women aren’t just facing racism. They’re not just facing sexism. They’re facing the intersection of racism and sexism. And it’s important for us to understand that. And that’s foundational to to my work.
S1: Dr. Kendi, your area of expertise, the way that most of America in general has gotten to know you as the person who is teaching us how to be Antiracist, and you say that you’ve been inspired by a lot of critical race theory. Is it possible to be Antiracist without studying critical race theory? Like is there a shortcut? Can you be an Antiracist by just being a nice person or do you really need to steep yourself in some of these structural things in order to be Antiracist?
S2: I think it’s I mentioned, for instance, the way in which intersectional theory, which is one of the critical components of critical race theory, is foundational to to to being Antiracist. And and and so I just I can’t imagine a pathway to being Antiracist that does not engage critical race theory. I mean, critical race theorists specifically over the last 40 years have been so foundational to providing a structural analysis of race and racism, which is to be Antiracist is to have that structural analysis. [note: the transcript was computer generated.]
One could be forgiven for feeling a bit of confusion at this point, because Kendi has also attempted several times to claim that he is not a critical race theorist. He blithely parses his words when he said in 2021 (again, on Joy Reid’s show) that he does not identify as a critical race theorist because he never went to law school. The Federalist attempted to unravel Kendi’s words on the matter:
Ibram X. Kendi, an “anti-racist” grifter who profits off of teaching racism, falsely claimed that he is not a critical race theorist on Wednesday night despite his long track record of using the Marxist ideology in his work.
Aided by MSNBC’s Joy Reid during her debate with anti-critical race theory investigative journalist Christopher Rufo, Kendi denied his ties to critical race theory and tried to distance himself from the movement which has received a deluge of pushback from concerned parents, educators, and conservatives.
“I admire critical race theory but I don’t identify as a critical race theorist, I’m not a legal scholar, so I wasn’t trained on critical race theory. I’m a historian,” Kendi said in a statement to The ReidOut.
As with many things in progressive America these days, if one repeats a falsehood enough times, one can still gain admiration and status for stating their perception of the truth. Indeed, speaking your truth is all the rage these days. Facts don’t have to back up one’s individual truth for it to be true.
There’s just one problem with Kendi’s claims—he just so happens to claim the opposite truth depending on the circumstances. Back to his podcast interview, in which he says:
[I]ntersectional theory, which is one of the critical components of critical race theory, is foundational to to to being Antiracist. And and and so I just I can’t imagine a pathway to being Antiracist that does not engage critical race theory. I mean, critical race theorists specifically over the last 40 years have been so foundational to providing a structural analysis of race and racism, which is to be Antiracist is to have that structural analysis.
Sorry, Ibram X. Kendi, but you can’t credibly claim not to be a critical race theorist at this point.
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I guess not. All hustlers have a ‘hook’ that keeps the hustle going.
Henry, alias “Kendi”, and Joy Reid are both dimwits and the perfect illustration of how a combination of affirmative action and dumbed-down “social science” programs in U.S. universities have produced the kind of utter garbage that passes for “scholarship” these days.
They are nothing but race-baiting grifters and frauds, and no sane society would put up with their ludicrous, self-serving nonsense.
Dimwits, yes, but tools of the likes of Soros and Xi, who also employed tools like Obama and now Biden.
How to destroy a nation: corrupt its leaders, and insert the dumbest to lead later.
That said, does anybody think the likes of Kevin McCarthy is worth a crap as the Speaker who will lead the nation out of this mess.
January 14, 1963,
Well that answers the question, “When will this crap end?”
That’s a lot of keeping sober.
I suppose it’s alright to have a bottle of bear.
Only when having a Kodak Moment.
Thanks for the chuckle. I needed that.
Much preferable to a Kodiak Moment.
Do the word cotton mean anything to you?
Probably, Kendi isn’t smart enough to understand CRT.
Neither is Joy Reid.
Reid: How does CRT work?
Kendi: Lift the black man up by putting the white man down.
F**k your ‘work’ – rather, your scam.
BLM will not confirm who controls its $60m after founder stepped down:
This is Jeff Bezos’ and his ex wife’s money at work:
Sorry for being crude here, but this guy is so full of s_it that his eyes are brown.
That is all.
Critical Racists’ Theory presumes diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry) of the Pro-Choice religion (“ethics”) that denies men and women’s dignity and agency, and reduces human life to a negotiable asset. #HateLovesAbortion
No. It’s worse than that.
“…To be antiracist, we must also be anticapitalist…”
God, I hate this repackaged Marxist bullshit. I want to feed it my elbows.
Kendi says that, but he doesn’t offer any kind of a justification. When people who know more than he does about history question his simplistic assertions he ignores them and instead focuses on marketing his anti-racist baby book.
Who gives a crap what Joy Reid says?
Is she somehow related to Foghorn Clyburn, LawnJockey, SC?
So, the only way to be anti-racist is to be outrageously racist? This is all so confusing to me.
henry was an unknown dumbass–after changing his name, he is now a known dumbass
Whatever, Henry. Grifters gonna grift.
Why does nobody ever call these clowns out it’s obvious he’s a racist it’s obvious that critical race theory is racist and it’s obvious he’s a fashion. Let’s call it what it is if he’s going to call everybody else a racist we can turn the tables these people need to be called out rather than coddled
I’ve hunted Africa. I could name countries. Countries don’t mean much. Currently I have a girl living with me. She’s Herero. She is so beautiful. Without her I don’t know what I’d do. I can’t take care of myself.
The nice thing about actual Africans as opposed to “African Americans” is that Africans haven’t had their minds poisoned.
The idea of me hunting Africa again is as distant as me swinging a leg over a horse. Some days are long gone.
“Critical Race Theory Is “Foundational” To My Work”
Some of us have always understood that… just like we’ve always understood where the Chinese Death Kooties really originated.
And it’s precisely why we know you’re a racist fraud.
“Intersectional Theory” is as much bullshit as is “Critical Race Theory”—the product of brainless Marxist automatons who have lost the capacity for any individual discernment and judgment and have swallowed the indoctrination hook, line and sailboat. They then repeat all of the gobbledygook and word salad to make them sound intelligent while wearing the leftist “smart glasses” which they don’t really need for any vision correction. After all, what kind of vision correction do they need with their heads up their colons?
“’Intersectional Theory’ is as much bullshit as is ‘Critical Race Theory’—the product of brainless Marxist automatons who have lost the capacity for any individual discernment and judgment and have swallowed the indoctrination hook, line and sailboat…”
It’s meant to be bullshit. If you’ve read your Soviet dissidents carefully the value of propaganda isn’t bullshit. It’s to make you repeat obvious lies. That everyone knows are lies. Everybody gets together in the struggle session and repeats what they are told to say.
Like, let’s all pretend that Penn State swimmer is a woman.
I have read several of the Soviet dissidents’ works. Problem is I read them through the lens of training as a psychiatrist. Fascism and Marxism are not far apart at all, just different labels for the same basic ideas: complete and total assumption of economic and social power by the state and total elimination of any competing ideas. Had a lot of family that disappeared during the Peronista “Justicialist” years (and before) in Argentina. Probably over half of my family, but accounts vary. “Los Desaperacidos” (the disappeared) is a term everyone equates with later juntas in Chile and the post-Peron years. Actually started before Juan met the execrable Evi(l)ita. Lived through that story, and lost relatives in Eastern Europe in the concentration camps. I see this happening all over again and it just fills me with rage. And our milquetoast politicians are too busy worrying about trannies in swimming pools. Ugh…….
Hitler and others also had peculiar race theories that were foundational to their work.
I wanted to be an EOD diver. When I found out they weren’t taking officers with my designator, I was like, “Fine. I can go SEAL.”
Then I blew out my shoulders swimming a mile a day.
Just take the L.
“Built from Broken: A Science-Based Guide to Healing Painful Joints, Preventing Injuries, and Rebuilding Your Body Paperback – June 7, 2021”
I remember the moment my physical therapist found out I was still doing push-ups.
“Taking the L.”
There’s a new idiom for me.
When the Coast Guard, and Coasties who are helping you out calls off a search it means all hope is lost. You just don’t leave a Sailor adrift.
In the Navy we used to search for 24 hours. At that point you drifted too far and wide.
Not dying at sea has long been one of my goals in life.
So far I’ve achieved it. Probably by moving to Dallas.
“I just I can’t imagine a pathway to being Antiracist that does not engage critical race theory.”
I can. Stop framing everything in terms of race and simply intercept reality on a rational basis.
You have to understand. When you see the word Antiracist, you think anti-racist. When he says it, he means Neoracist.
In the Navy we used to search for 24 hours. At that point you drifted too far and wide. It didn’t mean we didn’t care. The search area was just too vast.
Watch the movie “Masters and Commanders.” A lot of movies aim for accuracy. I know some sword makers who love history as much as I do. We can’t turn back.
OK, maybe that didn’t make much sense. I’ve been involved of shipmates falling off fantails. Only a couple of times. How many times do I need?
It sucks every time.
You turn back around. You don’t find them.
One time over a lost gambling debt. Still we had to go look for him.
We may not be proud of you. But we won’t leave you behind.
A Navy Seal taught this to me. You go back. You just always go back.
Like I needed a SEAL.