Critical Race Theory

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NA Buddhist
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Critical Race Theory is NOT Critical

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As a post-modernist of a kind myself an important thing to understand about these so-called critical theories is that they are NOT critical in the sense of what is called "critical thinking". Critical theories are too often selectively critical. The theorists reserve for themselves when to be critical and when when to accept dogma as true and not to be questioned. It's a way of thinking that privileges it's viewpoints like crazy.
In this way it's a throw back to immature and highly dukkha prone thinking. Think of the religious conflicts that were so much a part of English history until about 1680.

A good, politically moderate view is expressed in this interview:
Begin at about 10 min in.
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Best Source on Critical Race Theory

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A high quality source of information on critical theories is https://newdiscourses.com

The website includes articles, videos and the Plain-language Encyclopedia of Social Justice Terminology https://newdiscourses.com/translations- ... -wokish/#A
This encyclopedia of Social Justice terminology exists for a simple purpose: to create in one place a first attempt to pierce the fog and expose the language used by the ideology of Social Justice in plain language so that people can better understand what it is, what it wants, and how it operates in practice. There is currently a great need for such a resource, as Social Justice is rapidly ascendant, and its terminology has risen from relative obscurity to cultural prominence in only a few years. More importantly, these terms are the basis for institutional changes that many decision makers and those impacted by the decisions, once made, don’t understand as clearly as they need to.

As many who have attempted to deal with it or otherwise encountered it will know, Social Justice (as an ideology) relies upon a highly specific, often deeply academic lexicon that makes it difficult to understand. Some of the terminology is highly specialized, and some takes on the status of jargon or buzzwords. Much of what appears in this resource will help to clarify this specialized terminology and explain it in plain language that can be understood by almost anyone.
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Nicholas
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Re: Critical Race Theory

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Latest EO stops CRT indoctrination sessions in military & Federal contractors. :thumb:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential ... reotyping/
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Dhammapada
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Re: Critical Race Theory

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A summary by the White House of the EO:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-st ... mpaign=wwr
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Dhammapada
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Re: Critical Race Theory

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Greetings,

A good article on the subject of Critical Race Theory (to be duly ignored by those who might actually learn something from it).

Critical Race Theory Is A Classic Communist Divide-And-Conquer Tactic

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"He goes to hell, the one who asserts what didn’t take place" (Ud 4.8)
"Let us neither be perpetrators nor victims!" (DN26)

"Transition to greatness" (Donald J. Trump)

:candle: "...his name was Seth Rich..."
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Re: Critical Race Theory

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Cynical Theories by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay is worth your time.

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Re: Critical Race Theory

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One of the best summaries of CRT I’ve read and why Trump was right to ban it:

https://unherd.com/2020/10/is-critical- ... ry-racist/
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