Dave,

I read your Medium article, Eight Problems With Critical Race Theory, in anticipation of learning something new on this topic. Instead, I got a subjective and questionable analysis on a topic I wonder if you know much about., Your critique of CRT from an Afro-Europen perspective, to be blunt, is flawed to the point of insulting.

While you intimated racial classifications are an artificial construct, you conveniently left out they were developed and perpetuated by Europeans who always placed the white race ahead of all others.

And as European explorers sailed from their homelands to pursue adventure, fame, and fortune, they had no problem with the enslavement of any and all non-white civilizations they encountered. And thus, when they subdued a country, they did what conquers do, institute their laws, beliefs, and morals on those they subjugated.

When you write about ‘racial separation, I have to ask, who came up with the idea? For that matter, why was it ever necessary?

You make conclusions about CRT based on some highly shaky facts if they are facts at all. You seem overly insistent on proving Blacks, specifically Blacks in the United States, want to use race as a never-ending cudgel to constantly beat white people over the head causes me to wonder what it is you’re really trying to prove.

Then there is the apparent fact you completely ignore: critical race theory is taught mainly in US law schools. It didn’t become much of an issue until a particular section of the Republican Party grabbed on to it as a continuous wedge issue.

If you know anything about our country’s politics, and I might add yours also, W.E.B. Dubois accurately pointed out race would be a problem with this statement: “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line—the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” Here we are in the 21st century and, his words are still and forever valid.

In your paper, I get that you believe you have found eight problems with CRT. Still, all you have done is repeat many of the tropes of those who barely understand the complexities of this theory, along with concerted efforts to continue their misguided views on racial superiority along with justification for centuries of cruelty enacted on those people they believe inferior to them.

Sadly, I find your article inaccurate on many levels and contributory to the bevy of misinformation around the complex topic of critical race theory.

I am a son, husband, father, and grandfather. I write for them. When not doing that, I’m a Management Consultant and Executive Coach.