CRT creator says his family is inundated with death threats over controversial academic theory
One of the creators of Critical Race Theory (CRT) said he and his wife, who co-authored the controversial academic theory, have been inundated with death threats in recent months.
Richard Delgado, 82, co-authored the 2001 book Critical Race Theory: An Introduction with his wife Jean Stefancic. Together they have published several books on CRT.
But in recent months, academic theory has come under increasing fire as racial tensions in the United States come to a head.
“We’re getting some of the rudest phone calls imaginable… Some things are hard to believe. It’s full of poison,” Delgado . said axios.
Richard Delgado and wife Jean Stefancic have been inundated with death threats and wild accusations in recent months as Critical Race Theory has become a hot-button issue
Delgado (left) and Stefancic (right) are considered founders of the controversial academic theory that teaches students that racism is ingrained in American society and systems
The couple wrote ‘Critical Race Theory: An Introduction’ in 2001
The University of Alabama law professor said he had never received such threats in his 50 years of teaching until this past year.
Delgado said he and Stefancic, 81, were inundated with emails and voicemails accusing him of eating children, wanting to destroy the United States and hating white people — Delgado is Mexican American and Stefancic is white .
CRT has become a hot button in the past year with school board meetings erupting into debate and laws banning academic theory from being taught in classrooms.
‘Before that time, critical race theory had a fairly easy slide. We wrote our books. We developed our theories. We have taught our lessons. We have published legal reviews,” Delgado said.
He points out to those angry at the loss of Donald Trump in 2020, the pandemic and Black Lives Matter why CRT has exploded into a national debate this year.
Delgado claims that the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests gave parents the time and need to talk about race, which led them to discover that younger generations tend to have more liberal views.
“Parents have lost it. They blamed the teachers for indoctrinating their children, even though the children are growing up in a more diverse world,” he said.
CRT has come into the national spotlight in the past year as conservatives argue that the academic theory is anti-white.
The theory teaches that racism is systematically ingrained in American society and aims to teach students to view history and society through a critical lens.
“We’re getting some of the rudest phone calls imaginable… Some things are hard to believe. It’s full of poison,’ said Delgado
He said attackers called and emailed him and his wife, making accusations about eating children, wanting to destroy the United States, and hating white people.
Delgado and Stefancic define CRT as “a collection of activists and scientists interested in studying and transforming the relationship between race, racism and power.”
Many conservatives have become concerned that the controversial academic theory is being taught in schools, but a national teachers’ union denied that claim in July.
The president of America’s second-largest teachers’ union has said CRT is not taught in public schools because it is preparing a legal defense fund for teachers accused of teaching the controversial practice.
In her remarks to the 1.7 million members of the American Federation of Teachers, President Randi Weingarten pledged legal action to protect any member who “gets in trouble for teaching honest history” as more than 20 states consider bills to the theory, which claims to outlaw racism, is systemic and ingrained in American society.
She said it is not taught in elementary, middle and high schools, and is only taught in colleges or graduate studies, “but culture warriors label any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as [critical race theory] to try to make it poisonous,” she said, according to The Washington Post.
At least six states have passed laws restricting how races can be taught in the classroom, and similar proposals are being considered in at least a dozen others.
Many of the bills are designed to block the teachings of critical race theory — an academic framework that examines history through the lens of racism. It revolves around the idea that racism is systemic in the national institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of white people in society.
In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law prohibiting schools from teaching that people should “feel discomfort, guilt, fear, or any other form of psychological distress” because of their race or gender.
It adds that slavery and racism can only be taught as a departure from the “authentic tenets” of freedom and equality of the nation.
Bills in some other states threaten to fine individual teachers who break the rules or cut state funding for their schools.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The battle over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the past year.
The theory has sparked fierce national debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country over the past year and the introduction of the 1619 project.
Published in 2019 by the New York Times to mark the 400th anniversary since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, the 1619 Project reframes American history through “the impact of slavery and the contributions of black Americans in the center of the US. story’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory concerns concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Opponents of the critical race theory have argued that it reduces people to categories of “privileged” or “oppressed” based on their skin color.
However, supporters say the theory is vital to eliminating racism as it examines the ways in which race affects American politics, culture and the law.