Critical Race Theory is Not the Issue: Claims, Fears, and History

February 8th,2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Parris  Baker, Ph.D.

CRT is not the Issue! Dr. Parris Baker will address the fears that "have spurred school boards and state legislatures from Tennessee to Idaho to ban teachings about racism in classrooms. The speaker will also refute recent claims centered on Critical Race Theory, suggesting all white people are racist oppressors and all Black people are victims of racial oppression and discrimination. The history of CRT will be defined, described, and discussed. Finally, the presenter will suggest some postulations that may help identify the fears and obsession with CRT.


Covid-19 policies will be in effect throughout programming, please review the JES Covid-19 policy here. Patrons will need to show their vaccination cards or proof of a negative test. While Erie County remains on alert, masks will be required. Advanced registration is required for all JES events. This event is free to all with prior registration. 

Parris  Baker, Ph.D.

Parris J. Baker, PhD., MSSA, is an Associate Professor and Director, Social Work, Mortuary Science, and Gerontology Programs, Department of Criminal Justice & Social Work at Gannon University. Dr. Baker is also a faculty member with the Erie Psychological Consortium Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program and the Erie Bible College. An ordained Elder, Dr. Baker is pastor of Believer’s International Worship Center, Inc., and founder/director of Men of Valor Ministries and the Abba Fathers Program. His research interests include African-American fathers, incarcerated fathers, and non-custodial fathers, community and teenage violence, childhood poverty, cultural diversity, individual difference, and inclusion.