Thank you for taking the time to add your independent comments to my response to Dave’s Medium article Eight Problems With Critical Race Theory.
I took your advice and read up on the Bacon Rebellion. I have to say I had some painful flashbacks to the time I was sitting in my 8th-grade history class trying to remember all the facts around this part of history. It’s funny how some things stick with you after many (and I mean many) years have passed.
Your reference to this particular time in US history is indeed relevant for a sound understanding o CRT. Unfortunately, many will fail to understand the relationship to that convoluted rebellion and its impact on the future racist policies implemented on Native Americans and Black and Brown people of the United States.
In your response, you wrote the following:
This presumption stems from the authors display of shallow knowledge regarding American and colonial history as he has not linked any comprehension of CRT to its fundamental genesis; a cognitive activity that would require the mental flexibility to apply a working knowledge of said antecedents
Your statement is the essence of what I find fault with the essay penned by Dave.
Our history is soaked in the history of racist and privilege behavior. As you pointed out in your reference to the Bacon Rebellion was front and center. Bacon’s delirious desire to eradicate the indigenous native Americans, along with his warped sense of privilege, are the underpinnings of CRT and require us to understand them as such.
From my own research, I better understand this current outrage over an academic set of constructs. I have a better understanding of what the creators of CRT have attempted to point out how privilege and race directly impact one’s economic well-being.
Had Dave asked, why would Bell, Delgado, and Crenshaw bother with such a topic? Or what was their motivation for focusing on this issue, or why did they feel it necessary to bring this issue forward, knowing they likely would face scorn from many colleagues?
I know these are the questions I am asking myself as I do my research. To better understand what I believe is a made-up controversy by those who hope people would react the way Dave has.