- CRITTER TALK
Although I’m not one of those all in a panic about teaching what the academics are calling Critical Race Theory. Where it belongs is pretty much where it’s been since the 1990s and that’s not in your kids’ high school classroom. Brother Merton is also quoted as saying:
“Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. It is reached when a person deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost”
To listen to some proponents and apologists for Critical Race Theory suggests that nasty taste in our mouths might have been explained.
Theories are things to be discussed in relation to phenomena and to how well they describe or explain observable reality. In that sense, CRT seems likely to remain a hypothesis or perhaps no more than conjecture rather than theory, even though the air is filled with Fox Fables and falsehoods. Perhaps, and in my opinion, this pessimistic theory can be applied to the analysis of the past, but only the future can prove it. The future is a world we have not yet entered.
Is the observation that advances in racial equality seem to have caused an equal and opposite reaction, may hint at Newton’s third law, the kind of legal and social reaction the late Professor Hill postulates is, not so simple at all and as I said, can’t be tested as a predictor. While I don’t believe the course of Human events can be predicted, I will only go so far as to guess that the debates on the subject will not stay where they belong: in Graduate Schools and in the papers published by professors.
Of course, it’s already flown the coop, as could have been suspected in our obsessed America. The chickens in that coop have been dragged out by The Fox and the Radical Right, but they have been helped immeasurably by the narcissistic Left. Shortly after Gabby Petito’s remains were found recently, articles began to appear asserting that the public only cared because she was white. We owe NPR’s Gwen Ifill for that bit of rotten luxury and if I may refer back to the loss of hope, It is as Mr. Dante has suggested, the road to perdition. The public is getting tired of the tired “you can’t get there from here ” lament and Zeno’s premise has long since been abandoned. Being a cynic, I’ve wondered whether those involved in directing discussions about race in America are really trying to promote job security more than working for a better future.
“We always lose, it’s a law of nature” At least some people are taking CRT to mean just that. Does it promote hate, psychological apartheid, and worse? Perhaps I’m way off the mark here. I hope so because my 75+ years tell me we have made great progress. Again, if Hope be a gateway to Despair, Hope has succeeded in the long run since the beginning. Long may that continue.