What is Critical Race Theory?
Here is how its founders define it in one of its key texts.
WE PROMISE YOU
We promise you who sleep beneath white crosses
In far-off lands – in cool green depths of seas,
That this, your land, the home your hearts so cherished
Will be forever free from tyrant hands.
We promise you by all we hold most holy,
By all the blood and tears a whole world shed,
To rid this earth of monster greeds —- creeds hoary
That bred the hates that piled up all our dead.
We promise you, dear hearts, beneath war’s crosses,
Beneath the sea-green waves that rock your battle beds,
That we, who weep, shall pay in true soul treasure
For every drop of blood your young hearts shed.
We promise you by every God men worship,
To keep this earth — a home — for all mankind;
To cleanse our hearts —- plant gardens —- create beauty;
Make real the dreams you dreamed and were denied.
Oh sleeping sons, of this our grieving nation,
You have our promise and our bitter, bitter tears.
Our promise that forevermore we shall remember
The gift you made to free this world from fear.
Katharine Jirsa Reynolds,