To the editor: A proper refutation of Don Morrison’s opinion piece on critical race theory (“Donald Morrison: The new Cold War over race theory,” Eagle, June 4) requires more space than The Eagle allows, so I’ll offer just four objections.

First, Mr. Morrison’s facile characterization of CRT ignores the issues that many critics find most salient. CRT argues that racism is endemic to American culture and that people who are considered white are intrinsically racist oppressors — while people of color are eternally condemned to being victims within our society. Children are taught that their lifelong identities are determined by race. So much for Martin Luther King’s dream that people “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Second, Mr. Morrison makes the erroneous claim that CRT is not being taught in the Berkshires or anywhere. Its tenets have made their way into curricula and teacher training throughout the United States. Look no further than the Brearley and Grace Church schools in New York City; the school districts of Loudoun County, Va.; Oak Park, Ill.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Dedham, Mass.; the Washington state Legislature; and California’s education department. Many suspect that CRT has made its way into some Berkshire County schools.

Third, Mr. Morrison asserts that CRT critics are all conservatives. I have always identified as a liberal independent. I fervently believe that schools should be free of prejudice of any kind and that all students must feel safe and respected. Further, I believe that students should be exposed to the ugliest facts of our nation’s history: the genocide of indigenous peoples, the horrors of slavery, the Chinese Exclusion Act, Jim Crow, the massacre at Tulsa, Japanese internment camps and so forth. Discuss these atrocities. Learn from them. And move forward to make our nation the moral example we want it to be.

Fourth, it is wrong to conflate the “war” on CRT with Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” wherein a psychopathic general precipitates Armageddon over fears that fluoridation is a communist plot. Fluoridation is science; CRT is a highly controversial theory. Fear of the former was irrational paranoia; fear of the latter is based on observable results by respected thinkers across color lines. Doubtless, Kubrick would be as skeptical of CRT as he was of any construct that reduces humans to two-dimensional characteristics and ignores their individuality.

A better Kubrickian metaphor for CRT might be the maze that mortally confuses Jack Torrance in “The Shining.”

Ralph Hammann, Williamstown