Although the purported teaching of the tenets of CRT or critical race theory in public schools is a hot topic at this writing, a notable example of such—and the ensuing flap—occurred back in February of 2016. It involved the showing of a short animated video at Glen Allen High School in Glen Allen, Virginia. The title of the video was Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race; it was co-scripted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, one of the big names in CRT.
The video depicts a long footrace around an oval track, certain of the runners being held back at the starting line after the race begins and then having obstacles placed in their lanes while others enjoy benefits that keep them out in front. Now while certain of those obstacles such as slavery, segregation, and discrimination did indeed historically hamper the progress of black people in this country, the video suggests that those things are responsible in large part for the current black/white disparities, no alternate explanations allowed. That is the essence of CRT.
Moreover, the specific imagery behind other obstacles needs to be unpacked. In one segment of the video, there is a kind of baton passing going on from older white male to younger white male runners, but instead of a baton, it is a canister with a dollar sign on it, the canister increasing in size as it is passed on. This represents accumulated generational wealth that is supposed to account for current black/white wealth disparities. However, our country is full of examples of non-white immigrants who weren’t wealthy or connected when they arrived, but who worked hard, saved their money, pushed their children to do well in school, an
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