To his great credit, President Trump recently ordered an end to “anti-racism” training for federal employees and contractors. A number of articles discussing his actions have referred to “critical race theory”. What is “critical race theory”?
Critical race theory is a subset of critical theory, which in turn is a central element in cultural Marxism. Like the bulk of that hideous ideology, it was created by the Frankfurt School, formally the Institute for Social Research, a Marxist think-tank founded in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923 (it still exists). When Hitler came to power, the Frankfurt School relocated to New York City, where it remained until 1947 when it returned to Frankfurt.
The Frankfurt School translated Marxism from economic into cultural terms. The Frankfurt School’s primary goal was to destroy Western culture, which it defined as “oppressive”. Critical theory is a tool to that end.
The term is something of a play on words. What is the theory? The theory is to criticize. By submitting every aspect of Western culture to constant, unremitting criticism, it would be discredited to the point where people would abandon the ways of thinking and living it embodied. What would replace them? The Frankfurt School refused to answer that question, although one of its key members, Herbert Marcuse, promised a world of all play and no work. In the 1960s, college students in large numbers believed that promise, which is the philosophical equivalent of buying the Brooklyn Bridge.