Perhaps the most dangerous movement the progressive element of the Democrat party is pushing today in America is critical race theory (CRT).
Before I go any further, let’s define what CRT is. According to britannica.com it is an intellectual movement and a framework of legal analysis according to which (1) race is a culturally invented category used to oppress people of color and (2) the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, political, and economic inequalities between white and nonwhite people.
In a nutshell, CRT teaches white students that they are privileged and informs people of color that the deck is stacked against them, giving them little chance to succeed.
According to former HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson — someone far more intelligent than I — this theory “redefines reality to assign guilt and blame based solely on race. Classifying persons in such a manner is literally the definition of racism.”
He goes on to say that CRT is the “vanguard of a radical, revolutionary movement that seeks to overthrow the established order in every area of society, including capitalism itself.”
CRT started in our universities back in the ‘70s. It has now migrated into public education, board rooms, corporate training and the U.S. military.
Some states have passed laws making the teaching of CRT in our public schools against the law. Missouri needs to be added to that list.
Communists took over the Soviet Union in 1918 by using Marxism to turn one class of its citizens against the other.
CRT uses the same principle. Instead of dividing our nation by class, it does so by race.
Soviet immigrant and registered Democrat Elina Kaplan spoke out against CRT after reading the California Ethnic Studies model curriculum. She noticed similar concepts and language which her family escaped from in the Soviet Union when she was 11-years old.
The roadmap for California’s curriculum explicitly lays out its aim to “connect ourselves to past and contemporary resistance movements that struggle for social justice on the global and local levels to ensure a truer democracy.” Kaplan explained that the term “true democracy” is inherently Marxist.
“True democracy is a Marxist term,’ according to her, “that refers to the abolition of private property.” “What is this doing in an ethnic studies curriculum?”
Kaplan continues, “In that (CRT) model, what we have is a paradigm where kids, human beings, are either an oppressor or a victim. And anytime you put human beings into two boxes and then pit them against each other, especially by the color of their skin, nothing good is going to come out of that.”
CRT is part of President Joe Biden’s administration. Our current ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has stated that “white supremacy is weaved into our founding documents and principles” in the U.S. I’m sure she believes those documents should be removed and replaced.
I have read a lot of articles and opinion pieces on CRT. Perhaps the best is by Dr. Alveda King.
She explains that there is only one race, the human race. “There is no White race, no Black race, no red race, no brown race, no yellow race, no mixed race. There is one critical human race.”
Mrs. King goes on in her article to list black leaders who excelled. They include Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in 1864, and two Black men, Joseph Rainey and Hiram Revels, who were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, respectively in 1869.
She goes on to conclude, “They weren’t defined by what held them back or who stood in their way. It wasn’t the color of their skin that propelled them, it was the content of their character. That’s what it comes down to for each and every one of us.”
It was her esteemed uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said it best in his “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln memorial in 1963 — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
As our children grew up, that is what Connie and I taught them by our example.
Today many Democrat leaders focus on skin color, not character. It is tearing at the very fabric of our society.