“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’… 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.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 (1)
Due to its envied social and economic mobility, The United States has been globally touted as the promised land. However, it’s canonical notion that industriousness, talent, perseverance, perhaps along with a stroke of luck could catapult you to the “pot of gold” or pinnacle of the socio-economic strata, despite humble beginnings, have mired motivation for traditional class or economic revolution. Using the immutable race card, in lieu of the traditional pecuniary class card, to establish the oppressed vs oppressor dialectic, Critical Race Theory is an attempt to foment a similar revolutionary struggle. The primary reason for America’s coveted socio-economic mobility is our founding principles from, the Declaration of Independence to the Fourteenth Amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that promote equality under the law, regardless of race, gender, color, religion or any other intersectionality. Critical Race Theory seeks to replace these cardinal governing principles, offering equal opportunity, with equity, that treats people unequally, cloaked in a canard of creating equal outcomes. Cristopher Rufo asseverates that CRT is “a grave threat to the American way of life,” it “divides Americans by race and traffics in the pernicious concepts of race essentialism, race stereotyping, and race-based segregation — all under the false pursuit of ‘social justice.’” (2)
Trump directed federal agencies to end racial sensitivity training that addresses white privilege or critical race theory, (3) “because it’s racist. I ended it because a lot of people were complaining that they were asked to do things that were absolutely insane. That it was a radical revolution that was taking place in our military, in our schools, all over the place.” (4) (min 55:37 presidential debate 2019) The first day of his presidency, Joe Biden issued an executive order rescinding former President Trump’s ban on critical race theory training for employees in federal agencies and contractors. (5) Critical race theory training programs have permeated our federal agencies, academia, and corporations, advancing ideology via cultish indoctrination, intimidation, and bullying tactics. (6) Florida, (7) New Hampshire, Arkansas, (8) Iowa, (9) Virginia (10), West Virginia, and Oklahoma are some states that have sought to combat federal indoctrinations of CRT by introducing legislation to ban CRT programs that promote the concepts of race essentialism, collective guilt, and race-based harassment in academic or public institutions.
One might wonder what exactly is meant by seemingly obscure terms such as Critical Race Theory and intersectionality. According to the UCLA School of Public Affairs, (11) “CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society. The individual racist need not exist to note that institutional racism is pervasive in the dominant culture. This is the analytical lens that CRT uses in examining existing power structures. CRT identifies that these power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color.” Trevor Loudon explains that this is a “polite way of saying revolution” and “all revolutionary tools are derived from Marxism.” (12) CRT replaces the economic struggle with a racial power struggle claiming its intrinsic to the social system. The oppressor commonly known in Marxist revolutions as the bourgeoisie, according to CRT is now the whites who must be deracinated to change the current power structures. Affirmative action, reparations, and hate speech legislation are all vindicated by CRT.
Intersectionality presupposes, the inextricability of all oppressions. “Intersectionality within CRT points to the multidimensionality of oppressions and recognizes that race alone cannot account for disempowerment.” (13) “Intersectionality means the examination of race, sex, class, national origin, and sexual orientation, and how their combination plays out in various settings.’ (14) “This is an important tenet in pointing out that CRT is critical of the many oppressions facing people of color and does not allow for a one–dimensional approach of the complexities of our world.” (15) This is a newfangled rendition of the Marxist idea that “capitalism” oppresses not only workers but racial and gender groups as well. All “oppressions” intersect, and therefore can’t be treated as separate problems. The main problem is not just capitalism, but white racist sexist capitalism. (16)
It’s difficult to deny the flagrancy of CRT’s Marxist roots and the parallels to Stalin’s derision of his resistors as kulaks (well to do peasants) labeling them enemies of the state. (17) “Stalin appears to have been motivated by the goal of transforming the Ukrainian nation into his idea of a modern, proletarian, socialist nation, even if this entailed the physical destruction of broad sections of its population,” says Trevor Erlacher, an historian and author specializing in modern Ukraine and an academic advisor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies. Perhaps less evident is it’s Maoist provenance and reminiscence to the struggle sessions during the Maoist Cultural Revolution. “Maoism is a set of contradictory ideas that has distinguished itself from Soviet guises of Marxism in several important ways. Giving centre stage to a non‑western, anti-colonial agenda.” (18) Presenting the controversy of “Western ideas” and “decolonizing” academic institutions, corporate environments, federal agencies etc. by denoting the wrongs that the West has done the world is a seemingly malevolent veil for its primary motivation geared towards radical revolution. The fusion of racial justice activism and Maoism can be seen Civil Rights era in a publication titled AfroAsia notes, “In Harlem in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it seemed as though everyone had a copy of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, better known as the ‘‘Little Red Book.’’ From time to time supporters of the Black Panther Party would be seen selling the Little Red Book on street corners as a fund-raiser for the party.” (19) In the “struggle sessions” of the Maoist Culture Revolution the “guilty” party were accused of selfishness, ignorance, and the embrace of bourgeois ideology. These sessions involved humiliation and torture, sometimes culminating in the death of the victims. These were often elaborately coordinated operations involving, “dramatic devices such as staging, props, working scripts, agitators, and climatic moments to efficiently engage the emotions of the audience – to stir up resentment against the targeted groups and mobilize the audience to support the regime” (20) The comparisons we see today where the “guilty” are pilloried with verbal and sometimes physical assaults by their comrades, coerced into breaking down until they kneel or confess their characterological flaws, today being “whiteness” is astounding. ‘Autocritique’ or self-criticism in Maoists’ revolution typically commenced with voluntary submission of the guilty party, subjecting themselves to a brutal verbal self-inspection and denigration before the jury of comrades, which often resulted in death or imprisonment. Today’s dissidents of CRT are subjected to being ‘canceled’, causing potentially diminished social standing, public humiliation, and job loss.
James Lindsay does a great job highlighting some reasons why Critical Race Theory is a terrible way to deal with the problem of racism. Below is his bullet point summary, but I highly encourage you to read the full article.
- believes racism is present in every aspect of life, every relationship, and every interaction and therefore has its advocates look for it everywhere
- relies upon “interest convergence” (white people only give black people opportunities and freedoms when it is also in their own interests) and therefore doesn’t trust any attempt to make racism better
- is against free societies and wants to dismantle them and replace them with something its advocates control
- only treats race issues as “socially constructed groups,” so there are no individuals in Critical Race Theory
- believes science, reason, and evidence are a “white” way of knowing and that storytelling and lived experience are a “black” alternative, which hurts everyone, especially black people
- rejects all potential alternatives, like colorblindness, as forms of racism, making itself the only allowable game in town (which is totalitarian)
- acts like anyone who disagrees with it must do so for racist and white supremacist reasons, even If those people are black (which is also totalitarian)
- cannot be satisfied, so it becomes a kind of activist black hole that threatens to destroy everything it is introduced into
Most people don’t deny that racism exists and it’s evil, but the media, proponents of CRT and BLM want you to believe it’s “systemic”, which is simply a ploy to convince the masses that the “system” must be overthrown. While CRT may appear as a compassionate, innocuous way to combat racial tension, its results are antithetical. It annihilates the very meritocracy upon which this nation was predicated, resulting in a resurgence of segregation, while trampling on the people it purports to help. It’s racist and insulting to suggest that one should be judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character! Masquerading as the cure for racial injustice, Critical Race Theory is really a Trojan horse for communism!