(PatrioticPost.com)- The latest indication that a once-obscure legal theory has entered the mainstream among judges and attorneys is the federal district court of Rhode Island’s plan to host a panel on critical race theory as a “resource” to “change” the judicial system.
During the conference on racial and social justice in the federal courts, which will be held in October 2022, a panel titled “Critical Race Theory: What It Is And What It Is Not” will be held. The conference schedule states that the session, which will include three law professors, will “help us understand and reform the link between race and power through our work as attorneys and judges.”
There don’t seem to be any panelists that disagree. All three academics—Devon W. Carbado of the UCLA School of Law, Osamudia James of the UNC School of Law, and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean of the Boston University School of Law—are vocal supporters of critical race theory, which contends, among other things, that ostensibly neutral laws uphold white supremacy.
The panel illustrates how a once-outreach criticism of the American justice system has gained widespread acceptance among many inside it. A perilously racist America, according to Derrick Bell, who is regarded as the originator of critical race theory, would never accept such a drastic challenge to the status quo, he wrote in 1992. Since then, several law schools have made critical race theory an obligatory course of study. This is in accordance with American Bar Association regulations, which state that law schools must instruct their students “on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism.”
These concepts have started to seep into courts at all levels of the judiciary as they have flooded legal academics. Municipal courts like ours “have historically been located on, or at least very close, the point of institutional racism’s spear,” the Salt Lake City Justice Court stated in May 2020.
In June 2020, the Washington State Supreme Court apologized for “devaluing black life.” In the same month, the Illinois Supreme Court criticized “certain laws, rules, programs, and practices” for having a “disproportionate impact” on Latinos and African Americans.
The five-white judge of the Rhode Island district court describes the discussion similarly. The critical race theory session discusses how the political, legislative, economic, and cultural framework that has historically given white people more power and resources has molded our courts and judicial system. Another seminar is “Diversity in the Workplace, Including Law Firms.”
Jennifer Wood, a conference organizer, said the court requested “knowledgeable scholars” to “explain” critical race theory so attendees may “evaluate its merits for themselves.”
Rhode Island’s district court has Democratic ties. John McConnell, the chief justice, contributed $30,000 to the Rhode Island senators who recommended him.