“Critical race theory” has remained a polarizing topic in official political discourse, despite a generally poor understanding of its essential philosophical, historical, and political content. The first article in this pamphlet was delivered as a lecture at the 2021 Summer School of the Socialist Equality Party.
Critical race theory, as the lecture explains, is a “body of academic writing that emerged in the US in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which combines postmodernism and subjective idealist philosophy with historical revisionism, racial sectarianism, and an orientation to the Democratic Party and its satellites.”
To the essentially reactionary politics of race, the lecture counterposes the history and traditions of the Marxist movement. In addition to the lecture there are two supplementary essays critiquing the New York Times‘ embracing the British monarchy and Ukrainian nationalism.