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Christopher Rufo and James Lindsay on CRT

To the editor:

“Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It” is the title of the article by Christopher Rufo published in the March 2021 issue of Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College. (The article is also available online.) After explaining how CRT is “built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism,” Rufo has a section on how CRT works. Among the examples given is this: “In Philadelphia, an elementary school forced fifth-graders to celebrate ‘Black communism’ and simulate a Black Power rally to free 1960s radical Angela Davis from prison…” “I’m just one investigative journalist,” Rufo continues, “but I’ve developed a database of more than 1,000 of these stories.”

Another researcher in this area is James S. Lindsay, known professionally as James A. Lindsay, who operates the website New Discourses, and who is co-author, with Helen Pluckrose, of the recent book, “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity — and Why This Harms Everybody.” His article, “Five Ugly Truths about Critical Race Theory,” answers “yes and no” to the question of whether CRT is Marxist, and begins his explanation with this: “It is accurate to say that Critical Race Theory is mostly Marxian but not specifically Marxist.” Lindsay has been a guest on the Tom Woods Show a number of times.

Other researchers who might be mentioned are Carol Swain and Thomas Sowell.

R.E. Wehrwein

New Ulm

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