Institutional racism. Systemic racism. Racism interwoven into the foundation of this country. It sure sounds like the U.S. is one big racist country. But is it really? Joining us today is Eric Kaufmann (manhattan-institute.org), Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, who discusses his own detailed research into the subject. He conducted studies of how people perceive racism based on their exposure to media and politicians and his results are telling. He dives into how people of different races react to the subject and how none of those communities are benefiting from media narratives. When words and sensitive topics like this become weaponized, discussion is shut down and the problem only worsens.
Critical race theory and white privilege ideologies have invaded our schools and our workplaces. How do we push back against them? It helps to understand their point of view. John Murawski (realclearinvestigations.com), an award-winning journalist who writes for RealClear Investigations, joins us today to play devil's advocate and point out the thinking behind both sides of the issue.
He shows that the values our country has always upheld – hard work, individualism, etc. – are looked at as systems of oppression by those who espouse critical race theory. Ultimately, the problem is there's no shared vocabulary and no shared system of values between the two sides and that's what makes things so unstable. When the marketplace of ideas breaks down and we aren't allowed to disagree using our words, that's usually when things escalate to actual violence. How do we bridge the gap? And can we?