Critical Race ‘Theory’
What with all the talk about Andrew Breitbart and Derrick Bell, I decided to look up ‘critical race theory.’ According to Wikipedia,
Critical Race Theory is an academic discipline focused upon the intersection of race, law and power.
Well, that’s no good. First, a theory cannot be a discipline: that is a category error. Second (to channel Socrates), “the intersection of race, law, and power” is not a coherent field.
This kind of lazy nonsense is far too common in academia. But I especially liked this description of a “key theoretical element” of critical race theory:
• Storytelling/counterstorytelling and “naming one’s own reality”—using narrative to illuminate and explore experiences of racial oppression.
That’s clearly incompatible with the whole notion of theory.
It feels silly to try to address this seriously so I’ll just stop.
(And yes, this is just a Wikipedia entry, but does it really matter?)