Lifecycle Stage #3: Indoctrination
Stage #3 has had the least amount of focus and is the most dangerous and insidious aspect of CRT. In this phase, school districts will:
- Changing Admissions Policies– In an effort to ensure greater equality of outcome, several universities have taken steps to make their admissions processes more “equitable”. These actions can range from scrapping standardized tests to adding a diversity/equity scorecard to applications.
- Implementing Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training– To get students, faculty, and staff to understand their “implicit biases”, institutions have required them to undergo some form of training, ranging from small group orientations to full-blown classes.
- Changing Curriculum Requirements – Critical race theorists need to expose the broader public to the supposed racial biases imbued in long-standing institutions. To do this at the collegiate level, advocates have been pushing for changes in the undergraduate curriculum, ranging from a mandatory class on anti-racism to forcing instructors to embed anti-racist ideology in their class material.
- Instituting Disciplinary Measures – University administrators have taken steps to clamp down on academic freedom, revising their codes of conduct and commitments to academic freedom by inserting vague language on “hate speech” and “racist language”, among other measures.
- Bias Incident Reporting Systems: A bias incident is an act of discrimination, harassment, or intimidation directed against any person or group that appears to be intentional and motivated by prejudice or bias. These anonymous stories will be used at Share, Speak Up, Speak Out sessions with Student Equity Ambassadors, as well as inform next steps for professional learning and support for school staff. Students can share their stories using Google Form.
- Politically Supporting Anti-Racist Activism – Institutions have either donated money to political groups, like local Black Lives Matter chapters, or re-directed students to politically-biased organizations in an effort to placate campus activists.
- Funding Critical Race Theory Programs and Research – Institutions have poured in thousands, if not millions, of dollars into research on critical race theory and racism, ranging from grants and fellowships to new “anti-racist” institutes.
- “Re-imagining” Policing – In response to campus protests, university administrators have taken steps to either disarm or defund their police departments, often replacing them with unarmed officers or mental health workers.
- Providing Anti-Racist Resources – Universities have compiled lists of resources, often making books like How to be an Antiracist and White Fragility free for students, as well as live programming for anti-racist initiatives.
- Taking “Symbolic” Actions – Some institutions have not yet taken substantive action to mandate curricular changes or fund critical race theory research.