Obama Taught Critical Race Theory - CRT
What is Critical Race Theory
What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)? It is a scary proposition that does a disservice to all races in America. The definition of CRT from USLegal.com is this: "Critical race theory is a reform movement within the legal profession, whose followers strongly believe that the legal system has dis-empowered racial minorities. Critical race theorists observe that even if the law is expressed in neutral language, it cannot be neutral. This theory states that the people who expressed the law had their own subjective perspectives that, once enshrined in law, have disadvantaged minorities and caused to continue racism."
I interpret this definition as stating that those who made the laws so many years ago were racist and made laws that were not fair to nonwhite citizens.
I have a problem with that definition because I have friends and family who are nonwhite citizens of this country and they have no trouble obeying the laws of the land. Is CRT stating that if you are Black, Hispanic, or any other nonwhite race then you are more inclined to steal, do illegal drugs, or drink and drive? I don't buy that at all - good people are good people regardless of their skin color and bad people are bad people also regardless of their skin color.
Obama Taught Critical Race Theory
Barack Obama was a Law Professor at University of Chicago for 12 years. During those 12 years, from 1994 to 2003, he taught a course titled "Current Issues in Racism and the Law." In this course he focused on the writings of Derrick Bell the very controversial Harvard Professor and author. Bell was integral in the Critical Race Theory branch of the previously established Critical Law Theory. Bell taught that whites are predisposed to look down on blacks and other minorities. He also believed that racism is embedded in American law. Mr. Bell is credited with making statements that the desegregation of American schools was a mistake and the government should have kept schools segregated and make improvements to both sides making them more equal. I do not understand how he would have thought that his idea of segregated schools would have in any way improved race relations in America.
Obama's Beliefs and Teachings about CRT
Obama left a traceable legacy of his beliefs and teaching regarding CRT. According to the online version of the syllabus for his "Current Issues in Racism and the Law" course - Obama includes topics such as Discriminatory Sentencing and Criminal Legislation that Targets Minorities. He had his students writing about the fact that the state of Missouri has a law that punishes the use of Crack more severely than the use of Cocaine - he states that this law is discriminatory against Blacks and Minorities because Crack is often their drug of choice. I would venture to say that Crack is probably the drug of choice for any "poor" drug addict regardless of skin color or nationality.
Another controversial topic in Obama's course is the mention of Reparations for Blacks based on 300+ years of slavery. Does throwing money at today's minority Americans change how they view the horrors of slavery from a hundred plus years ago? I would highly doubt that one.
Professor Obama essentially constructed his own textbook based on the writings of some very controversial authors. He assigned reading from the works of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. He also had his students review the macabe 1919 catalog of lynch mob victims that showed pictures of these horror stories from the past.
In the political arena at that time - Mr. Obama declared his doubts about then President Clintons ability to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats and Republicans. According to the New York Times the following was said by Mr. Obama - “On the national level, bipartisanship usually means Democrats ignore the needs of the poor and abandon the idea that government can play a role in issues of poverty, race discrimination, sex discrimination or environmental protection." Doesn't sound like he was very interested in working with or for all Americans.
Why Does it Matter?
Why does it matter that President Obama once taught Critical Race Theory? It matters because Critical Race Theory focuses solely on minorities and how they are disenfranchised. Obama's teaching focused on how the law in particular, was created by obviously racist white people and therefore minorities cannot be expected to be law abiding citizens. This potentially leads to a dangerous mindset among minorities that they are "expected to break these racist laws."
Laws are made for everyone - if you break the law it is NOT because you are white, black, or yellow - it is because you are a criminal, a non law abiding citizen of this country - plain and simple. Why make something racist when it is clearly not. Let's not make it so darned complicated.
- Critical Race Theory Explained
We can see the clear footprint of Critical Race Theory all over the Obama Administration.
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