“If you think America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote, and more homophobic than when blow jobs were a felony, you have #Progress Phobia, and you should adjust your mask because it is covering your eyes,” Maher said in a tweet containing a video segment from Friday’s episode of his HBO show Real Time.
In the video, Maher repeated the same line and said the country is leaps and jumps further than it was just decades ago: becoming more accepting of the gay and transgender community, more receptive of recreational drug use, and more friendly of interracial relations.
“The chant from gay protesters used to be, ‘We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it,'” Maher said. “Well, we did. This is Pride Month, and it’s not even a big deal anymore.”
“Not too long ago, I knew people who went to prison for growing pot,” Maher said, recognizing several states that have legalized marijuana use. “An overwhelming majority of Americans now say they want to live in a multiracial neighborhood,” he said.
“And yet, there is a recurrent theme on the far Left that things have never been worse,” Maher said.
The host then quoted actor and comedian Kevin Hart, who previously said America was dominated by white culture: “You’re witnessing white power and white privilege at an all-time high.” “Seeing clearly is necessary for actually fixing problems,” Maher retorted.
If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you may have encountered cases about critical race theory, or CRT — what it is, whether it’s good or bad, whether it even exists at all. The term has arisen in reputation largely gratitude to the works of Christopher Rufo, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has nearly single-handedly created a wave of state-level Republican actions to forbid the teaching of CRT in public schools, which have prompted alarm among liberals and a long string of jokes about right-wing "cancel culture."
But in a recent piece for Arc Digital, the writer Oliver Traldi stressed that "critical race theory" is just the latest name for a philosophy that has been claimed about for nearly a decade: social justice, identity politics, “wokeness,” “intersectionality,” the successor ideology, cancel culture, cultural Marxism, etc.
It can be difficult to define exactly, and the different names cover a range of practices, from law to corporate and university culture to art and entertainment, but you generally know it when you see it. If you encounter language about “whiteness” and “white supremacy,” hetero- and cis-normativity, “racialized” and “criminalized” persons, and “gendered” bodies, among others, you’re facing the phenomenon designated by the term critical race theory, regardless of what you think the best name for it is.