WATCH: Dan Bongino and Dr. Carol Swain Discuss Origins of Critical Race Theory
In the latest episode of Fox Nation’s The Dan Bongino Show, Dan Bongino welcomed Dr. Carol Swain, a retired professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University and part of former President Trump’s 1776 commission. Swain and Bongino used the time to discuss critical theory in America’s institutions at length.
Swain provided background on the genesis of critical theories, noting their presence in universities since the 1970s, starting with the formerly prestigious Harvard University. “It escaped the university campuses,” Swain said, “and it’s now infecting K-12 education at public and private schools. Christian as well as secular schools, and every sector of our society including the US military.”
“Critical race theory,” Swain said, “argues that white people are oppressors, that all people with white skin are privileged, they have a property interest in their whiteness, and that racism is permanent.”
After that Swain pointed out that critical race theory advocates against racism while simultaneously discussing an expected behavior that singles out a group of people on the basis of their skin color.
“And that minorities, especially blacks, because blacks are being used to advance the agenda, that blacks are victims and they need white people to liberate them by becoming antiracist. But only white people are expected to be antiracist. You never hear that all people should be antiracist,” Swain said.
“Did you notice that the advocates of critical race theory—which is racist,” Bongino replied, “and I’m sorry, if you support it,” he told the viewers, “you’re a racist too. Suggesting we judge people by their skin color is the essence of racism. But did you notice they live in euphemisms?” He then asked Swain.
“And they play these games, these obfuscation games. They can never describe exactly what they’re talking about,” Bongino said, referencing the disgraced “academic” Ibram X. Kendi’s definition of racism.
Kendi defined racism as “a collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity that are substantiated by racist ideas.”
Dr. Swain concluded the segment by pointing out the contradiction of critical race theory to rules outlined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and called it a dumbing down of education that hurts minorities more than anyone.
“Critical race theory runs contrary to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, our civil rights laws, our constitution’s equal protection clause, and just how we treat other Americans. We don’t shame and bully and intimidate people because of the color of their skin or their nationality or whether they are male or female,” she said.
“Critical theory encourages us to divide and to really hate each other and to fight over things we really should not be fighting over. It dumbs down education and it hurts minorities the most,” she concluded.
“It’s grotesque,” Bongino said before his conclusion of the segment. “I couldn’t agree more.”