In SummaryRichard Delgado and his wife, who have authored books on critical race theory, have allegedly been subjected to threatening emails and voicemails for about one year.
One of the early scholars of critical race theory has received death threats over the controversy surrounding the topic in American schools.
Richard Delgado, known as an early scholar who helped develop critical race theory, told Axios he and his wife received threatening messages since conservatives began targeting critical race theory in American schools. “We get some of the grossest telephone messages that you can imagine,” the 82-year-old said.
Delgado, who is Mexican, and his wife, Jean Stefancic, who is white, co-authored several books on the subject. He said that people have left threatening voicemails and emails for nearly a year. According to Axios, they’ve been accused of eating children, wanting to destroy the United States and hating white people.
Despite being a scholar in the field for about 50 years, Delgado said he’s never experienced this many threats. “Before then, critical race theory had had a pretty easy glide path,” he said. “We wrote our books. We developed our theories. We taught our classes. We published law reviews.”
Delgado blames the increase in anger toward parents who believe their children were being taught progressive views in schools. According to Education Week, dozens of schools have introduced legislation preventing teachers from discussing the theory in classrooms. Several bills also limit the way teachers can discuss topics like racism and sexism.
According to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, critical race theory (CRT) is “an academic and legal framework that denotes that systemic racism is part of American society – from education and housing to employment and healthcare.” The theory recognizes that racism comes more from individual bias and prejudice but highlights how racism is embedded in laws, policies, and institutions that prevent racial equality.
Delgado, a faculty member at the University of Alabama’s law school, has written several books, including Critical Race Theory: An Introduction and Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America. Additionally, he teaches various classes on race and law.
Numerous BNC hosts, including Marc Lamont Hill and Charles Blow, have observed how conservative politicians have attacked the field of study.
Hill, host of Black News Tonight, has spoken with key opposers of the theory and exposed their lack of understanding of the subject.
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, written by Delgado and his wife, remains one of the best-selling legal books on Amazon.
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