Taking its cues from Marxism, Critical Race Theory divides society into oppressors and the oppressed—categories which all-to-neatly correspond to whites and racial minorities. And just as with Marxism, CRT holds that the only way to truly eliminate racism is to destroy our institutions and rebuild them on the foundation of “racial equity.”
The penetrance of CRT into our schools and universities has had devastating consequences for education and academic freedom. Instead of being taught the merits of colorblindness and feeling comfortable in your own skin, students in America’s public schools and universities are now taught that “whiteness” is akin to a deal with the devil, a monstrous pox on American history and society that must be eradicated through revolutionary measures. Instead of lauding American democracy as a pivotal achievement, university historians fall over themselves to condemn the Founding Fathers as hypocrites and to claim, in the words of The New York Times’ ahistorical and widely debunked “1619 Project,” that “Out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional.”
As Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo explained in an interview with The Atlantic, “Critical race theorists believe that American institutions, such as the Constitution and legal system, preach freedom and equality, but are mere ‘camouflages’ for naked racial domination. They believe that racism is a constant, universal condition: it simply becomes more subtle, sophisticated, and insidious over the course of history.”
Guided by this ahistorical revolutionary subtext, America’s colleges and universities have increasingly promoted racially-segregated classes and housing and graduation ceremonies as “safe” spaces liberated from the racist shenanigans of whites. Students and faculty alike are required to attend “anti-racist” training programs which instead endorse racist tropes and promote racial conflict. Instructors are pressured to ease grading standards in the interest of racial equity. Resistance to these demands is cause for public condemnation and disciplinary consequences.
“Universities with racist programs like the ones documented in our report should be defunded,” commented David Horowitz, author of I Can’t Breathe: How a Racial Hoax is Killing America. “Congress should pass a law that no university featuring racist courses and programs should be eligible to receive any government funds until such programs are entirely discontinued and any university faculty, administrators, or clerical workers associated with them are fired.”
So prevalent is the malignant spread of Critical Race Theory that hundreds of instances have been chronicled at colleges and universities—to say nothing of primary and secondary schools—in recent years. The following report documents ten of the most egregious uses of CRT in our institutions of higher education in hopes of holding the administrators and faculty who allowed them to happen accountable.