But the leaked video reveals something more pernicious: his utter blindness to his own privilege. For decades, scholars in the field of critical race theory have demonstrated how "whiteness" is not a universal standard but instead a specific social identity built upon unearned entitlements. Romney's whiteness is most flagrant not in the remarkable privilege he enjoyed, but in his denial of how his race has fundamentally influenced his life's trajectoryOh, so Mitt Romney is a white guy. We knew that. Then the perfesser gets into crucial race theory:
The Romney's shortsightedness on this issue demonstrates their ignorance of one of the central ideas in the field of critical race studies, the unearned privileges accorded to whiteness. In her foundational essay, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," Peggy McIntosh likens whiteness to "an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks."Ha! Really? No one's ever given me a blank check, or a code book.
The academes are distressed that we might un-do the historical black president and elect a white guy. I thought that they were supposed to be blind to race, but it turns out that they are some of the most racist people available. Critical Race Theory, indeed.