In 50 years, the story “Critical race theory stirs furor in state,” News, on June 6 will be looked back on in disbelief that as late as 2021 pockets of Americans still refused to face into the reality of racism in our country. As author Isabel Wilkerson points out in her book “Caste,” we will go to any length to avoid disrupting power structures, including a refusal to acknowledge how racism has shape-shifted to wield influence today. Tying critical race theory to Marxism is the gas-lighting, work-around du jour.
People of color will continue to suffer the indignity of being seen as “less than” until white people do the hard work of confronting our own internalized and systemic racism head on. Here is one thing Donald Trump gets right: looking into the past to embrace both our strengths and weaknesses is still sadly, un-American.
DARBY CHRISTOPHER, DUNWOODY