• Samuel Blackett

Blackett: Critical Race Theory is a New Set of Chains

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Society’s ‘wokeness’ has twisted these once revered words of MLK. No longer are you judged by the content of your character, but if you fail to view everyone through the prism of race, you are now a racist.

Stefancic and Delgado’s 2012 work on Critical Race Theory critiques valuable liberal ideas such as colour blindness and the merit principle. Instead this theory emphasizes that your racial identity is your only and most important characteristic and that everything should be looked at through the lens of race.

Don’t get me wrong, it is essential that we learn about our history, the good and the bad. But we do not need to use Critical Race Theory to understand the history of institutionalized racism, slavery, etc.

Here’s what two leading proponents, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, had to say about Critical Race Theory:

"Critical Race Theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and the neutral principles of constitutional law."

The Critical Race Theory assumes that racism is always present everywhere. However, two law professors, Daniel Faber and Suzanna Sherry argue that it lacks supporting evidence and relies on the impractical belief that reality is socially constructed. In essence, this theory actually reinforces stereotypes and insults the intellectual capacity of minority groups as argued by Judge Richard Posner.

If the system is rigged against minorities, then please explain to me how Black icons like Madam C.J. Walker or Jeremiah Hamilton were able to become millionaires in the 19th and early 20th centuries. How did Barack Obama become the first black president if the system is rigged against us?

Critical Race Theory denigrates the intellectual capabilities of the Black community. All this theory teaches us is that we are able to use our race as an excuse for anything that happens to us.

If I receive a bad mark on a paper I wrote the night before, my teacher is racist. If I get kicked out of the bar for being too intoxicated, it’s because the bouncer is a racist. If I get cut off in traffic, it’s because that driver is racist.

We must stop using our race as an excuse because that is what the white man wants. They do not want us to be free thinkers, successful, or intellectuals; they want to keep us enchained to the identity they have created for us. The identity that all Blacks are impoverished, that all Blacks are uneducated, that all Blacks think and act the same.

Critical Race Theory and leftist ‘wokeness’ will put us back in chains because they are attempting to make race our only defining feature. It’s almost as if this has happened before…

We cannot let society put all Black people into one box. We all have different lived experiences, differing perspectives, and differing interests, just like any other racial group.

It is time we look back at our late Black leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and remember their words.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

The white man has not begun living because through their individualistic concern to purge their white guilt and to identify as anti-racist, they have kept the Black man in a box. As a result, they fail to see the broader concerns of the Black community because of their own selfish desires.

This is because:

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must not allow race to be our only defining characteristic for fear of reverting to the past. We are all individuals, and we must ensure the next generation has the capacity to judge people based on the content of their character and not the colour of their skin.

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