Letter: Is Critical Race Theory good for America?

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To the editor:

There has been a lot of talk about Critical Race Theory. Democrats love it. Republicans say it is not the truth, and that it creates hatred between the races. What is it?

“[CRT is] based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups but a culturally invented category used to oppress and exploit people of color. CRT holds that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist, they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.

The “basic tenets” of CRT, include the following claims:

Race is socially constructed, not biologically natural.


Racism in the United States is normal.

Legal advances for people of color tend to serve the interests of dominant white groups.

Members of minority groups periodically undergo the attribution to them of negative stereotypes, again depending on the needs or interests of whites.

According to CRT, no individual can be adequately identified by membership in a single group.

Finally, people of color are uniquely qualified to speak on behalf of other members of their group regarding racism.

CRT spin-off movements formed by Asian American, Latinx, LGBTQ, Muslim, and Native American scholars have also taken hold. In the early 21st century, CRT addressed itself to police brutality, criminal justice, hate speech, hate crimes, health care, affirmative action, poverty and the welfare state, immigration, and voting rights.” – Encyclopedia Britannica, 2021.

You decide if it is factually correct, and good for America.

Joel A. Novak


Alexandria, MN

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