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Critical race theory is a lens. Here are 11 ways looking through it might refine your understanding of history [cnn.com]

 

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN, May 27, 2021

Critical race theory is just that -- a theory -- but the term has been weaponized, with its most extreme critics alleging that merely studying the theory is racist.

Long before the concept dubbed CRT drew controversy, scholars were studying how bigotry and bias infiltrated American institutions and shaped American life. After all, any telling of American history cannot fairly ignore that 177 of the country's 245 years -- 72% of its existence, all but roughly three generations -- played out under slavery or Jim Crow.

As KimberlΓ© Crenshaw, a preeminent CRT scholar, put it: The theory is an approach to "grappling with a history of White supremacy that rejects the belief that what's in the past is in the past."

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