Accuracy in Media

Mic misled its readers in a recent article touting blatant falsehoods about critical race theory.

The outlet has more than 3.5 million Facebook likes and enormous influence on young readers.

“Simply put, CRT is an intellectual movement focused on how systemic racism has shaped our legal history,” the article says, paraphrasing a professor. Conveniently enough, since race is “socially constructed — typically through the law and government institutions…racism is a permanent [emphasis added] feature of American society that we need to deal with as it surfaces.” Seeing race not as a social construct, but as biologically based would undercut the Left’s race-hustling agenda that props up a diversity and inclusion industry worth at least $8 billion.

“Contrary to what opponents claim, [CRT] doesn’t teach students that white people are inherently racist,” the author assures the reader. That’s false. Robin DiAngelo’s book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” contends that not only are all white Americans racist, but they’re also all a result of white supremacy and unwittingly or actively complicit in such supremacy.

Mic then claims that CRT is taught “primarily” in law school, not in K-12 classrooms. That’s also false. As the Washington Examiner reported, the country’s largest teachers’ union endorsed CRT curricula in public schools last month. The Examiner also said that 30 public school districts in 15 states now teach a book called “Not My Idea,” which “tells readers that ‘whiteness’ leads white people to make deals with the devil for ‘stolen land, stolen riches, and special favors.’”

In an effort to “deepen your understanding of racism” to better defend CRT, Mic suggests reading the anti-racist books touted heavily last summer. It’s referring to Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist,” DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” and perhaps Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” as well.

As Coleman Hughes wrote, “Because race-conscious anti-racism makes a ritual out of noticing how the present is similar to the past, it can end up being blind to the many ways in which the present differs from the past.”

In the present, the decline in systemic racism against minorities disproves the author’s strong implication that systemic racism still exists. The author’s factual claims about de jure racism before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are entirely compatible with the factual claim that – fortunately – the United States is no longer systemically racist.

Critical race theory and Mic are pushing the “anti-racist” lies of permanent, systemic racism and white supremacy. 

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