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And the reason that we titled this program “Training” and not “Theory”, “Critical Race Training in Higher Education” is that Critical Race Theory is a doctrine, and I’ll talk a little bit about that. The others might have other things to say. But it’s not really my concern, frankly, if somebody wants to read about that or teach about that or pontificate about it. The detriment to higher [education], in my view, is when that theory moves into practice and becomes mandatory training and mandatory requirements on campuses. So, what is critical race theory? And again, others may have other views. I think in some ways it’s easiest to explain what it’s not. It is not what people of my generation, people who are in their early sixties, who maybe grew up in the sixties and the seventies think of as the Civil Rights Movement.
It is not the concept of judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It is everything about judging people by the color of their skin. And it is not about equality or equal opportunity. It is about “equity”. Equity is a word you will see used very frequently, and it may slip by you. You may think equity means equality, and that’s not actually what it means. It means equality of outcome, as opposed to an equality of opportunity, as opposed to an equality of treatment. So, it’s not about affording all citizens equal rights, regardless of race or ethnicity. It’s not about what was the ethos, when I was growing up, of the civil rights movement, which is affording everyone of every race a full seat at the American table. It is in fact about flipping that table over(…)A model of social life and political structures and economic system is founded upon race.
And here’s a word you’re going to hear a lot. Because that is the foundation of our society, and that is the nature of our society in their view, racism is “systemic”, and therefore they advocate that that system has to be overturned in varying degrees (…) The modern incarnation of race theory, at least on campuses, is I think epitomized by the book, How to Be an Anti-Racist (…) It creates two competing parties. You are either racist, or you are “anti-racist”. There is no middle ground there. You cannot be simply “not racist”. Simply treating everybody fairly is a racist act. According to that doctrine, you have to be an activist. You have to actively participate in seeking to root out racism and to explore your own racism. It’s very much a doctrine where you’re either with us where you are against us. There is no middle ground.
And if you are against us, by definition, you are racist. And that has profound implications for free speech on campus and for the free exchange of ideas. Because if you disagree with them, then you are racist. And, if you are racist, according to a lot of people on campuses, you have no right to be on campus. You have no right to speak. So, this is a very pernicious doctrine that I think is going to have a profound impact. And it now permeates on many campuses, every aspect of campus life (…) Cornell is turning itself, [at] the direction of the president’s office, into an anti-racist campus (…) And the end result, and what I see as the real harm that’s going to happen here, is that it goes in. It’s an interference and academic freedom. It is an interference in people’s ability to speak freely (…) So we’re, we’re really heading into what I see is a very, very bad area (…) It’s a juggernaut that has accelerated since the death of George Floyd (…) And I think that a lot of the events have been exploited to push this forward.