CRT

1. What is CRT?

Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic concept that focuses on how racism permeates social institutions, such as government, education, healthcare, and financial institutions. It contrasts with the idea that racism is confined to an individual's prejudice against another race.

The theory is primarily utilized in academia to examine the role of race in how power is distributed and withheld throughout social institutions in the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Researchers also use the theory to focus on how race intersects with other identities, like gender and income level, and how those factors relate to power distribution.

Where did CRT come from?

CRT was introduced in the 1970s by various U.S. legal scholars, including Kimberlé Crenshaw, Alan Freeman, Derrick Bell, and Richard Delgado. The scholars partially based the theory on laws enacted to hurt people of color, like the redlining of neighborhoods with many Black residents and refusing to lend housing loans.

While CRT was introduced in the 1970s, it did not become a mainstream movement until 2020. This was due to the re-emergence of racial inequality as a prominent topic in the U.S., partially because of the police killing of George Floyd and worldwide protests.

Where will I see CRT?

You will most likely see CRT used in political contexts, whether in the news or on social media. For example, CRT divided Democrats and Republicans. Most Democrats embraced it as a way to understand the country's racist history better. On the other side, many Republicans oppose CRT, labeling it as "anti-American," and proposed bills to ban its teaching in government-funded schools and workplaces.

Besides political arenas, you may also see it in discussions surrounding schools' curriculum. It has become a hot-button issue for both school officials and parents as they discuss whether or not to feature it more prominently in the curriculum.

Example

"I can't believe they are going to include CRT in my kids' classes."
"But you don't have an issue with Confederate flags in government buildings? Hmmm..."
Republican tweet opposing CRT

Republican tweet opposing CRT

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Tweet backing the implementation of CRT

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Last Updated: July 1, 2021

2. What does CRT stand for?

Cathode Ray Tube

An acronym that refers to the technology used in traditional televisions and computer monitors; because of the tube used to display colors on the screen, CRT monitors are bulky and look like boxes; advancements in LCD screens are gradually replacing CRT monitors.

Example

"I still have the 36" big box CRT TV I got in 1994. That thing is so stinking heavy!"

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Last Updated: February 12, 2014

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