The Importance of the Critical Race Theory

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Sasha A. Murray, Staff Writer

    The Critical Race Theory is a social and intellectual movement based on the idea that racism is an inherited aspect within the law and legal institutions of the United States. It focuses on the political, social, and economic inequalities between white Americans and people of color, especially the black population. This movement is meant to address the role that societal racism and oppression has played throughout American history.

       Banning the critical race theory is yet another way American society has backtracked. A true end to racism would be through education and change. In schools today, slavery and oppression are lightly grazed over lacking proper context and vital information. If school systems were to start teaching the uncensored truth of what materialized within American history, a baseline would become apparent. In this day and age, people are becoming more educated, but school systems play a large part of that too. Considering the open-minded younger generations, crucial information can easily become shared.  When looking back over the past year, occurrences like Black Lives Matter or even activism on TikTok reveal the portion of the population that do genuinely care and will advocate for a decent cause, but that all starts with gaining information. Unfortunately, because many know that knowledge is power, some try to withhold it, for the fear of change and accountability. The critical race theory was attacked and banned by the Trump administration. According to  the American Bar Association,“ three hundred diversity and inclusion training were canceled as a result of the order along with an additional one hundred twenty civil rights organizations and allies signing letters to condemn the executive order.”   With Biden’s presidency, hopefully, the topic is re-addressed because banning the critical race theory is an extremely foolish and selfish action.  

   Racism, oppression, and segregation all revolve around one thought. The idea is that white Americans are afraid of the black population; so terrified to the point where the white population withheld access to a proper education because knowledge is a powerful tool.  There is a firm belief that the lengthy duration of slavery was due to the power revoke installed by white Americans.  When learning about pre-Civil War history, you realize that for the white population slavery was a way for them to increase their wealth at a fast pace with no strings attached. They enslaved an entire race of people because they were consumed with greed.

Looking at recent history, racism is still a deeply-rooted issue. Yes, slavery has ended, but what about the mindset regarding how black people are still viewed as the bottom tier? Although society does not follow all of the same mannerisms as that time, the morals are still rooted in some of the population. Looking at the Declaration of Independence, and how every American is born with rights that are supposed to protect them, why are racial inequalities still apparent? It is because of a lack of accountability and the fear of change. 

      Well-rounded education and inclusivitivity will permit the population’s realization of the truth. School is one of the biggest sources of information.  To dedicate a larger sum of time to learning and idolizing a person like Christopher Columbus rather than partaking in-depth discussions regarding the oppression of people of color is absurd.