What is CRT? Presentation by Angela Robinson
On Tuesday, August 10 the Guilford Human Rights Commission offered a forum webinar presentation of CRT by Angela Robinson, retired New Haven Superior Court Judge who teaches CRT at Quinnipiac University. There were 314 people on the webinar with 220 from Guilford. We thank Jo Keogh, as Chairperson of the Guilford Human Rights Commission for her outstanding leadership of this “hot issue.” Showing our support of inclusive education First Church and the North Madison Congregation contributed funds for the presentations along with the New Haven Foundation.
Here is the link (click here) to the recording of the forum. It is well worth watching. The slides are very informative and easy to understand.
During the forum Robinson said, “As you consider whether the anxiety (about CRT) is based on fact, it’s import to remember that race has often been used as a tool to divide us.” As examples she listed the Japanese internment of the 20th century, the deportation of Mexican Americans, and the famous image of the Little Rock Nine walking to integrate a school in 1957.”
Robinson said she began studying critical race theory noticing disparities in society and wanting to find answers or solutions. As one example, she pointed to the U.S. Congress, which she said has included just 163 Black members out of more than 12,000 who have served during the country’s history.
“Christal race theory provides a way to look at the problem to answer the questions of why, and to find solutions to change it. Critical race theory does not advocate racism in any form,” Robinson said. “In other words, to be a pure, pure critical race theory scholar, you must accept the premise that people of all races are equal.”
Quotes from the New Haven Register article Critical Race Theory Creating Anxiety and Hostility in Communities: click here for the article.
Little Rock Nine, 1957