Critical Race Theory and the war on standards
Added 09-02-20 04:31:02pm EST - “In the mid-1960s, when colleges began admitting black students who didn't meet the standards applied to white ones, some observers presciently warned that the students admitted based on race preferences would carry a stigma. To my…” - Powerlineblog.com
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In the mid-1960s, when colleges began admitting black students who didn’t meet the standards applied to white ones, some observers presciently warned that the students admitted based on race preferences would carry a stigma. To my knowledge, however, no one one was prescient enough to realize that, in response, Blacks would try to stigmatize Whites — including those granting them the benefit of preferential treatment and those suffering the burdens — or that this effort would give rise to a radical, anti-White intellectual movement.
And who could have predicted that a substantial number of Whites would accept the stigma, along with the tenets of that radical movement?
Things are almost always “predictable” in hindsight. It makes sense, especially in the context of the Black Power movement of the 1960s, that black students who struggled to meet the academic expectations of colleges they weren’t well qualified to attend would come to resent those colleges and the white students who outperformed them. It makes sense that they would see anti-Black racism as responsible for their classroom struggles.
It makes sense that these base resentments would give rise to an intellectual movement — a super structure, as Marxists might say — that validated the notion that anti-Black racism is responsible for the disproportionate failure of Blacks to meet objective standards. This now seems all the more predictable, given that African-American studies departments had been created, in part to accommodate the growing number of Black students.
These departments provided a home for a new movement known as Critical Race Theory. Fringe professors at law schools also got into the act, providing intellectual fire power and plenty of fancy jargon.
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