As more evidence that most people squawking about “critical race theory” don’t know what they’re talking about or are just abusing words to protect their apartheid privilege, Philip Bump notes that most of the people claiming to have heard about and deeply grok critical race theory are knuckleheads who probably don’t read books:
It’s important to note that most Americans admit that they aren’t particularly familiar with “critical race theory” or its tenets. Earlier this week, YouGov released polling conducted for the Economist that explored the extent to which Americans were familiar with the concept.
Only about a quarter of Americans said they’d heard “a lot” about the theory, though nearly half of those who said they’d voted for President Donald Trump in 2020 made that claim. About two-thirds of Americans overall said they’d heard at least a little about it.
…Among Trump voters, more than half said they have a good idea of what critical race theory is. Of that group, nearly all (91 percent) say they view it unfavorably and about the same number (94 percent) declare it to be bad for America [Philip Bump, “Embracing Juneteenth Is Entirely Consistent with the Pushback Against Discussing Racism in Schools,” Washington Post, 2021.06.17].
Typical Trumpists: the less they understand something, the more they claim to understand them. On critical race theory, their understanding isn’t based on deep study; it’s based on hearing slogans shouted from a demagogue’s platform and the warm fuzzy feeling those slogans rouse in their dark ids.
And be antiracist.