America has long wrestled with racism, and reforms aimed at equality are always welcome. That said, “critical race theory” is not reform. It is a dangerous foil. Shrouded in anger and resentment, the theory is rebranded Marxism – inherently contradictory, innately anti-American. Broadly conceived, the theory makes differences in skin color the defining element of society, instead of economic class, and then uses that premise to push Marxism, proletarian control over society by the oppressed, or Communism.
Marx, Communism’s twisted author, opened the door to defining society by immovable classes, economic layers that were static, oppressive, and forever kept us divided – until unified by a centralized government playing Robin Hood, stealing (or redistributing) from “the rich” to equalize “the poor.”
Of course, operationally, we know Marxism as Socialism or Communism. It has been a universal failure. Command and control economies cannot operate with the efficiency, satisfaction, freedom, or opportunities continuously created by capitalist economies. History is our testament.
With capitalism, the freedom of all individual consumers, workers, investors, and producers is maximized. Demand and supply become dance partners, always in motion, producing countless invisible flows of labor and capital, reinforced by self-motivated education, retraining, employment, and private investment decisions – the result of billions of non-dictated personal preferences.
In short, any society – of any racial make-up – composed of individuals intent on maximizing their own political and economic choices and those of their neighbors (whatever their neighbor’s race) is going to be more satisfied, flush with opportunities for prosperity, education, employment, self-realization, and advancement – than one premised on what the government dictates.
The key to a happy society is assuring individuals are equally accorded freedoms (of the kind you will find in our Bill of Rights), equally worthy in each other’s eyes, equally able to access opportunities for advancement, and self-aware, not dogged by preoccupations of race, class, economic, political, demographic, or other natural differences.
Critical race theory is the exact opposite of this idea. Rather than believe all humans are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, blessed by a loving God as individuals with an equal chance for success – so long as their God-given liberties are respected, differences viewed as strengths – the “new” theory aims to split America by skin color, empower one part, demonize the other. You can see where this would be divisive, right?
The inherent contradictions are identical to Marxism since critical race theory is Marxism – just class warfare replaced by race warfare, Marxism by another name. The “new” theory is filled with passion, plays on resentment, inflames two-way prejudice, seeks to impose collective guilt on light skinned Americans, prompt violence by darker skinned Americans, just as the Soviet Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, Chinese Maoists, and Marxists all over the world push violence based on economic differences.
In practical terms, critical race theorists say society is hopelessly divided by race, unable to live up to the idea of respect for individual liberties, equal opportunity, and mutual respect. They default to dictating new norms, centralized control, simplified human relations, demonizing one over the other.
In effect, critical race theory takes the historical problem of racism or tribalism – which has occurred on every continent for eons – and uses it to further institutionalize racism, not to overcome it. Rather than use history to educate about the importance of freedom and equality – and America’s progress toward those goals – they condemn the ideals. They teach that one race is bad, another entitled to compensation based on unshed-able collective guilt, unchangeable prejudice, and immovable resentments which justify race-based violence, ending democratic and capitalist institutions, imposing new norms through a centralized, Marxist government.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, more damaging to personal, community, and national prospects for peace, prosperity, and security for all Americans. Nothing could be more disenfranchising, divisive, regressive, simple-minded, and rooted in the negative – rather than aspiring to the positive – than critical race theory.
The core idea is to condemn America – our timeless, race-neutral, individual-centered, freedom-driven economy, society, and limited government – in favor of domination by an angry mob, which would prefer to tear the country apart spiritually, morally, socially, and materially – and replace it with a Marxist government. So, critical race theory is not new. It is just rebranded Marxism – based on race.
Bottom line: You will hear words like “equity,” “social justice,” and “institutional racism” used to argue racism is unknowable, unshakeable, intractable, and requires a complete transformation of society – including changes to all our existing institutions. This is how Marxists have pushed class warfare.
So, when Marxism based on race – critical race theory – shows up in your school, workplace, or town, question it. It denies the equality of all Americans, seeks to divide us by skin color, institutionalizes prejudice, ignores progress toward equality and liberty and the timeless nature of our Bill of Rights. Our job is not to change the Bill of Rights but to make it real. That is the answer to critical race theory. Do not disbelieve in America – Like Martin Luther King and our Founders, believe in it. See also, https://nypost.com/2021/05/06/what-critical-race-theory-is-really-about/; https://shakespeareanddarwin.wordpress.com/2020/10/17/a-critique-of-critical-race-theory/; https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/space-force-officer-relieved-of-post-after-denouncing-marxist-ideology-and-critical-race-theory-in-military-report/ar-BB1gLSkc?ocid=uxbndlbing.
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