There are 3 things commonly lumped together as "systemic racism" - (1) lingering effects of PAST racism (poverty housing), (2) negative CULTURAL patterns that grew out of that history or from stimuli like welfare, and (3) "constant prejudice today." The first two are very real.
(2) This is important. No serious thinker denies that the country's history of oppression, and of near-military level conflict between groups, had situational and behavioral effects which linger today. Well over 90% of us agree on the importance of helping the poor.
(3) The real question as re "CRT" is whether constant univariate focus on residual racism - "the WHITE GAZE!!!" - in today's era of affirmative action is a more effective way to help modern Black or poor communities than focusing on academic skill or fatherhood. I say it is not.

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